Advice Needed!!

  1. I want to apologize in advance. This may classify as a rant or a whine or whatevr .. I dont know...
    Here Goes :
    Last nite I was only nurse on floor w/ 50 res.. State there to boot...had only 2 aides on the floor...
    Please understand this isn't the first time...
    I am ready to pull my hair out by the roots..
    It got so bad that I had to go into the restroom at work last night to cry..
    I came home wanting to pitch my nsg career out the door and go flip burgers for awhile...
    I love what I do but the stress has really got me depressed...I am tired of it.. and I have tried talking to the mngt about this .. either someone is not listening or they just dont care... I feel as if I am just a "body" and frankly I am beginning to resent that greatly...
    I have only been a LPN for 3 years and I feel completely burned out!!!!!!!!! HELP!!!!!!
    ANY IDEAS HOW TO COPE???????????
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   future_guru
    I can't imagine having 50 pts to deal with. How do you do it?? It sounds like the management where you work is not too worried about the understaffing problem. Have you thought of looking elsewhere? How are the nursing jobs in your area? You have three years experience! get that resume out. If you don't take charge of the situation to make a change for the better, who will?

    The stress you are under is certainly not worth it. Hope things change for the better. Good luck.
  4. by   CraftyLPN
    I know I sound " dumb", There is not a whole lot to offer in my area.. and plus I do not want it to look like I am "job hopping"... and the area I would like to be in in nsg ..right now there is just not enuff clientele
  5. by   Rustyhammer
    It sounds like there are a couple of openings where you work now. I know how LTC is at night but I think another nurse and at least a couple more CNA's would be in order (especially with state there).
    -Russell
  6. by   passing thru
    Job Hopping in todays job market is considered normal. Rustyhammer is right. And it isn't normal to cry at work or at home about your job. It just shows how much stress you are under. I wouldnt even accept that job. I would call the owners or someone and tell them to get their butts out of bed & down here & help me. It won't change unless you complain big time..I'd give notice. even if what you really want isn't available right now, you'd still be going in the right direction. if anything goes wrong on your shift, you will be the one all the blame is heaped on and reported to state board. Good luck. I hope it gets better for you.
  7. by   sjoe
    You are seeking advice? Here is mine--

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  8. by   Flynurse
    Teddybear:

    You sound like you work where I just resigned from. You have to do what is in your best interest. If you feel as though you are risking your license for this place, which it sounds like you are, then you need to rethink your position there.

    Please, don't think of yourself as a "job hopper" if you decide you wanted to take another job. There are so many jobs out there for all nurses any institution would be happy to have you.
  9. by   Buddha
    The sad thing is my sister is a burger flopper and makes more than i do.
  10. by   CraftyLPN
    I know this sounds off the wall..but I think I needed to know/or have some support...I have heard of nurses taking on the hall by themselves , but it seems ridiculous to me... I know our facility has quite a few nurses and there shouldn't be a problem...So why do I feel like I am the only one complaining?
    Like I mentioned before.. I have said something to mngmt and apparently there aren't listening or they just don't care...
    I know there are alot of other openings out there.. and I know what I would love to do..(PEDS_HOME HEALTH) but right now there is not a demand for nurses
  11. by   BadBird
    {{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}} to you TeddyBear, I just can't imagine having 50 patients! OMG!!! I guess I would be on the phone with administration demanding more nurses or it would be my last shift and I would mean it. Geeze, selling Real Estate is sounding more interesting by the minute.
  12. by   Tweety
    (((((teddybear)))))))

    Sounds aweful. Flipping burgers is greasy. I'm going for bag boy "Will that be paper or plastic".

    Take care.
  13. by   Tookie
    The amount of staff ration to residnts is dreadful - thought we have it bad here compared to the acute sector - It gets ne back to the - they dont value the aged so they dont value the people who care for them
    Your not going to change that system - If you move on - let them, the politicans and as many pople as possible know that you think the staffing levels are placing people in danger - and that is not just your health l am talking about -
    That in its self is another issue - your health - this is both physical and emotional health is vital to you perfomring your role - All in all you should be No 1 in this equation - look after yourself - then you will be able to peerform well as a nurse.
    Tookie

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