Post # 1
I just clocked out (finally) of my last LPN job I will ever have! Yay! I work for a hospital, which owns a few clinics, and I work in one of the clinics. The doctor I have worked with has seriously verbally abused me for years. We have gone through over 20 medical assistants, 6 managers, umpteen receptionists, and 1 other doctor, all who haven’t been able to tolerate this awful woman. Patients have even asked me why this physician treats me so badly. I have reported this abuse to her boss, my multiple managers, and HR, pretty much without a response. I’ve been told, “they’re working on this with her.”
The reason I stayed was because I had a full ride scholarship being paid for by the hospital to finish my RN. I finally finished my RN, and am board certified!
I am moving over to the hospital side now on Monday, and I feel like I have PTSD about upsetting new physicians that I will be working with. I will have a preceptor for about 10-16 weeks, and will be taking my required certifications (PALS, ACLS, and Secure) as well as a once a week ER seminars for 16 weeks while getting adjusted to the new settings.
I have been seeing a psychiatrist for 2 1/2 years, who put me on medication specifically to get me to the end of this job. Which is here. Today. I am in bittersweet tears, I am going to miss the patients so incredibly much, but I almost feel bad for the physician, because no one is going to apply to work with her. She has that bad of a reputation in town.
I’m sure everyone has anxiety like this when starting a new job? Any tips on how to get through the first few months of being in a newer, higher position? Any tips on how to manage my anxiety? My psychiatrist pretty much tells me to take my as needed medications, but they make me very drowsy, so I clearly can’t take them all the time.
Post # 3
@chic_and_fabulous: Just take it day by day and remind yourself this is what you want and what you have worked so hard for. Congrats to you and best of luck!! 🙂
Post # 4
LISTEN TO YOUR PRECEPTOR. Youre going to see an incredible array of complaints, diseases, personalities, etc. Don’t judge. Try to be objective. Be a sponge and soak it all up. You’re going to learn a LOT.
If you don’t know, ASK. There is no dumb question.
Your fellow workers from porters to janitors to the specialists MDs will be happy to show you new and interesting things. No need to dance around but be interested.
Say yes. Say please. Say thank you. Volunteer for any little job, even it’s cleaning up poop. DO NOT be one of those “I’m far too educated to empty a bedpan.” Puh-leeze.
Twenty-plus years in a variety of medical settings. I’m still learning. Best of luck to you. It’s a very interesting job.
Post # 5
Are you sure you can take “as needed” meds on the job in an ER? If you’re talking benzo’s.. that may be a patient safety issue.
I’m sorry the last doc you had to work with was such a dick. Most of them are not though. The ER is a really tough place to work. Maybe it would be best to work through some of the anxiety and other issues before taking on an ER job? You’re going to be facing a lot of stress there.. it’s the nature of the beast.
Post # 6
@chic_and_fabulous: congrats! I’m an RN too. I worked as an LPN for awhile while i was in school. You’ll be fine, just give yourself time to get adjusted. My manager told me it would take me 6mths to a year to start feeling comfortable and she was right. In the beginning it was stressful but it got better. Dont worry or be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Good luck!
Post # 7
@HappySky7: i dont take benzos, I have prn hydroxyzine and seroquel if needed. i dint get stressed out from clinical situations;I actually thrive on them. My anxiety trigger has only come from that one physician, and from getting screamed at, belittled, etc by her. I can totally handle that from patients without a problem. Do you have any tips o. how to reduce anxiety in a new job? i am going to start running more, getting massages once a month, and get back to doing things I like to do, since I dont have to study.
Post # 8
@chic_and_fabulous: If it’s just from that one doc, I would just remind yourself that you never, ever have to work for that jerk again. If he/she were to yell at you now, you can walk away or tell him/her to eff right of because you don’t work there anymore. I think over time as you build a routine in your new job your last experience will be further and further behind you (well hopefully).
Good luck in the ER.
Post # 9
Best of luck – and take it day by day 🙂
Post # 11
Congrats! I’m an ER RN also. It’s tough work but it’s a thrill. You get to see so many different types of patients and cases. There’s a lot to learn, and it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed at first, but you will be well prepared by the end of your orientation. Eventually it will be second nature. If you have any questions about adjusting to an ER or anything like that, PM me 🙂