New Grad nurse @SNF...now on verge of quitting. - page 3

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Quitting while still in orientation: (After reading this, I hope I'm not alone regarding my experience and feelings with SNFs) I've asked for advice. Friends have told me to hang for now, fellow RN friends/peers who have heard... Read More


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    This sounds exactly like my job. I've only been working there 2 weeks (in which 5 of those days was "orientation") and I'm back on the job search. I got hired in the spot also. and my trainers would also say "u didn't see me do that". All I have time for is to pass meds an do paperwork. Every other order gets ignored because there is simply no time. We have residents with horrible pressure ulcers because no one can keep up with skin checks. State came and gave us 15 tags right before I got hired and are going to be back anyday now so all I'm hearing is "when state comes we can't do this". Only different is I have 30 residents per nurse patient load. I got in trouble for staying too late after my shifts so I find myself doing more n more short cuts to finish on time. All this heavily weighing on my conscious. As a new grad this is not what I went to school to do. I'm getting out as soon as I can
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    sounds like where I work. I've been at my current job for 5 months now and I've been looking for another job since November. It seems the only place an LPN can find a job is in a Nursing Home (SNF) and from what i have read and heard, they are all pretty much the same. I feel that the nurse to resident ration is way to high. and some states don't use CMA's, would be nice if they did. I work 3-11 and I never get out on time and I'm always being asked "why does it take you so long to pass meds?" well I have 25-30 residents and they all get meds twice on my shift and I have to chart on half of these residents b/c they are either medicare or on ABT's of some sort and if I have someone with fever who doesn't have tylenol ordered, I have to call Dr and get order for tyl. If I have missing meds I have to find them or call pharmacy and fight with them to deliever meds. all this interrupts my med pass and by the time I get done with my med pass, it's time for my 2nd med pass (where often times my 1st med pass runs into my 2nd med pass) and I usually have to stay over atleast an hour to get all my charting/orders/labs ect done. And state will be in the facility in about a week. So if they decide to shadow me during my med pass then they are gonna be in it for atleast 2-3 hrs. To which I'm sure I will get wrote up or something for taking so long to pass my meds. I have seen/heard nurses take short cuts, some will only pass the prescribed meds and not the OTC meds, some won't give OTC eyedrops, and when charting some will only chart vs, and when I was orientating (4days) I was pretty much told "this is the way we do it and this is the way we do it when state is here" I am a new nurse and I have got to the point where I don't care how long it takes me to complete my med pass, I don't care if I'm there til 2am charting. I was there one night at midnight charting the admin called and I answered the phone and he asked what I was still doing there. I told him I was getting caught up on my charting. He then asked to talk to the night nurse. I feel like I'm damned if I do it the right way and damned if I don't. I will admit it's tempting to take those short cuts but then my conscience won't let me. There is one other nurse who often stays late as i do and the night nurses make fun of her, I figure they probably make fun of me to. But there med pass for the whole night consists of one med drawer. My med pass consists of the whole med cart. I doubt they could handle it on my shift passing meds.
    best of luck to ya. Hope you find what you are looking for.
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    I couldn't find a job after graduating from school, so I eventually took a job at a SNF.
    The first six months were very hard. I cried a lot, I got off hours later than I expected to, and I dreaded going to work.

    Around the year mark, I was offered a position in a hospital on a busy tele unit. I was scared because I kept hearing how crazy busy it was.
    After a couple of days of having patients all by myself I wondered How is this crazy busy?? Then I realized the SNF had helped me a ton with time management, and not in any short cut ways.
    I still work every other weekend at the SNF because I have grown to adore the residents, and I am completely comfortable, and get things finished at least an hour before my shift ends.
    So I don't regret sticking it out and experiencing that before my first acute care "busy" floor. I do love the hospital a tad bit more though


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