New grad in ICU and overwhelmed

  1. Hi all! I'm a new grad RN and I'm a mom of 5 little ones. I recently started a new job in a CICU and am feeling completely overwhelmed. My training is 12 weeks with a preceptor and then 6 weeks on my own. I'm currently on week 5 and honestly can't keep up. The learning curve is so huge. The orientation is great and I have tons of support but in order for me to be really successful I'm going to have to make so much time to study at home and with 5 kiddos, that's impossible. I love what I'm doing but feel like I'm drowning. My NM is great and I'm thinking of going to see her about changing me to a lower acuity to at least get my nursing basics down. Is that a good plan or should I just bite the bullet and continue where I'm at? I don't want to jeopardize my job but I can't keep up with all the lines and drips and diagnoses and and what to look for. Oh my!!! It's a lot.
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  3. by   Tweety
    Since this is a nursing related issue, you're probably going to get more support and answers in the main Nursing forums for example here:

    General Nursing | allnurses

    An environment like that is overwhelming and is overwhelming to most anyone, but especially new grads. I would say hang in there and eventually you'll get it together because it's only week five. It's almost expected you're to be overwhelmed and have lots of questions, even in a lesser acuity place.

    What is concerning is what you say is an impossibility of study with all those kids (whew!), so if you can't find a way to work that out then perhaps a job that doesn't require home time would be best.

    Sorry that's not helpful, but I would recommend asking. Good luck!!