Quote from ctmmaine
same here. hard a horrible night (last night). 2 pts sats dropped at the same time; iv infiltration with vancomycin running. talk abt running around like chicken (atleast i got some help). can't wait to get out of med-surg.
sounds like my night except i had a pt knock out his ng tube during the day shift and blamed me because i worked with in the night before (he said it was always out but did not tell his day nurse even though she got fluid out... maybe it was a miracle??? or maybe he got the hint to blame me from the charge nurse he knows personally who does not like me???), i had two admits at the beginning of the shift, i had new orders, new meds, high sugars on multiple patients, a demanding high fall risk patient, a thorocentesis, a confused elderly patient incontinent of bowel and urine, labs and doctor orders to follow up on, blood that was still running at change of shift... vanco needed.... all this before midnight.... so of course i had to hurry to do the rest of the night shift duties and run to get meds out on time,.... and despite all the help i had (i had very little because most were busy gossiping about why i am unable to be superwoman while others were stretched thin too) i also had an a-type bossy day shift nurse insist i tell her stuff about a patient i did not receive much information on from days and i could not and did not spend much time reading doc notes on during my night!
again... all the night shift nurses went home and i was still there an hour after my shift was over! i told her i was leaving! i was not going to call any more doctors or do any more things! she had a fit and i fully expect to be written up for it... but i do not care. not because i don’t care about my job... i do... not because i do not care about nursing... i do... but because it is 24 hour care and none of the other nurses stay over! plus, i see an end to this nightmare... i will not be working on this floor for much longer and i will not be working in this hospital past my 2 years working medical surgical nursing...
Quote from bookworm22
i know i should do my best to think positively..but i am having a hard time doing that. i will work night shift soon alone and i was wondering if you have ever worked the night shift how is it? is it normal to be so worried/upset at this point? how do you best deal with anxiety? when did you notice you felt better about things?
i promise myself that on my days off i am only focusing on home. this is a hard change for me because my personality is such that i work really hard to do my best and i look at my mistakes and try to improve upon them... however, in medical surgical nursing you can work your butt off and be the smartest most organized new grad alive and still your work is not good enough to most! thus, if we do not focus on other things and remain strong these trashy floors, trashy hospitals, and trashy co-workers will knock us down similar to others. i know one new grad shy of 1 year in nursing who has quit nursing.