Do you feel valued in your current nursing position? - page 2

Do you feel valued in your current nursing position? Yes or No? Also, please feel free to reply and share your experiences. Thanks... Read More

  1. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from brian
    Do you feel valued in your current nursing position?

    Yes or No?

    Also, please feel free to reply and share your experiences. Thanks
    By my co-workers, nurse managers and doctors I feel very 100% valued. When it comes to the patients I feel valued about 50% of the time. When it comes to the patients family I feel valued only about 10% of the time. The one thing that would ever make me quit being a nurse is the lack of respect I get from the general public meaning patients and their families. Why do they have such little respect for us?
  2. by   Sadie04
    Yes - I work in an oncology clinic with great coworkers and management. If you had asked me 6 months ago while I was working at a large teaching hospital, the answer would be absolutely not. After 4 years of abuse there, I was ready to leave nursing all together. Thankfully it's not like that everywhere
  3. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from stevielynn
    It wasn't that long ago I had 8 or 9 and a few times 10 patients - steph
    The day that I have more than 6 is the day I quit my job. I've been a nurse for 30 years and I intend to keep my license at least another 10 years.
  4. by   sbic56
    Totally appreciated at my current place of employment. It helps being the only nurse on staff.
  5. by   Liliana98
    Yes. I feel valued by my patients as well as by the staff. I consider myself lucky to have found such a great place to work and I hope it will last a long time...so far I have been working there for 4 years.
  6. by   bethin
    No. Most definitely not. In the hospital where I currently work, nurses think aides know nothing and deserve nothing. Just last weekend, not 30 seconds after I walk in the door at beginning of shift, I had a RN throw a pair of dirty gloves at me, hitting me in the chest. They hit the floor and I asked her why she did it. Her reply "well, you are an aide and we all know that they do such a good job of picking up." Another nurse has described aides as "s*** on the bottom of her feet." Administration ignores us, pretends we are invisible. We are there to serve the nurses, not the patients. If all the aides are busy and 5 call lights are going off with 6 nurses sitting on their butts talking about what they did last weekend, they will not get up. But they will ask if we are getting the lights. The NM will write us up if they aren't answered while the same 6 nurses are on the internet looking at match.com.

    If, God bless her, an aide writes up a nurse, administration will turn it around and make it look like it was the aides fault. Not a joke, seen it happen too many times to count.

    The aides often wonder what would happen if we no aides showed up for work one day.
  7. by   Cherish
    Quote from bethin
    No. Most definitely not. In the hospital where I currently work, nurses think aides know nothing and deserve nothing. Just last weekend, not 30 seconds after I walk in the door at beginning of shift, I had a RN throw a pair of dirty gloves at me, hitting me in the chest. They hit the floor and I asked her why she did it. Her reply "well, you are an aide and we all know that they do such a good job of picking up." Another nurse has described aides as "s*** on the bottom of her feet." Administration ignores us, pretends we are invisible. We are there to serve the nurses, not the patients. If all the aides are busy and 5 call lights are going off with 6 nurses sitting on their butts talking about what they did last weekend, they will not get up. But they will ask if we are getting the lights. The NM will write us up if they aren't answered while the same 6 nurses are on the internet looking at match.com.

    If, God bless her, an aide writes up a nurse, administration will turn it around and make it look like it was the aides fault. Not a joke, seen it happen too many times to count.

    The aides often wonder what would happen if we no aides showed up for work one day.
    Wow I don't know how you can work in a placelike that I would leave is there no other places to work at where u live?
  8. by   banditrn
    In my current position, NO!! I was hired by this LTCF because I was an RN with years of critical care experience. But when I tried to tell them something about the way they were doing things, ie: trach suctioning, etc. they would NOT listen, and poo-pooed everything I said.

    I'm outa there in two more nites!! Yeah!! And from what I understand, State is coming in next week.
  9. by   bethin
    Quote from Cherish
    Wow I don't know how you can work in a placelike that I would leave is there no other places to work at where u live?
    I'd have to drive 90 mins one way to get to a major city. Luckily though, I am moving to that city and the hospitals there have very good reputations. I've been asking the CNA's who are doing clinicals there what it's like and they say nurse managers will get on the floor and help with baths, answer call lights, etc. EVERYONE helps EVERYONE. Call lights aren't just for CNA's.

    There are nursing homes around, but I came from a NH to this hospital if that tells you something about the NH.
  10. by   clemmm78
    Absolutely. I've been nursing since the early 80s and this is the first time that I feel 100% appreciated and valued by admin, staff and patients.

    I work in a 9-bed palliative care residence, patients have cancer and prognosis of 3 months or less. The admin treats us well and supports us as much as possible. They realize that we do a very tough job and they try to go out of our way to tell us that the know this. Of course, there are times when issues pop up and we don't see eye to eye with the powers-that-be and then we gripe, but for the most part, they do value us.

    Because of our work and our setting, the patients and families, for hte most part, really do value our work and our passion for our work. We will get the rare family who thinks otherwise, but this doesn't matter in the scheme of things.
  11. by   brendamyheart
    I gave up the being a valued nurse. I value what I do for my residents. That is the bottom line.
  12. by   midwestvintage
    Valued by the nurses I work with 100 %, Patients 75%, administration, 0% As a nurse with 27 years experiance and being at the top of my pay scale I have to be really careful because they would love to eliminate me and hire a cheaper new nurse. Doesn't pay anymore to be loyal to your place of employment as they are not loyal to you anymore. But since I love nursing and love my patients its a small price to pay.
  13. by   VivaLasViejas
    What a difference a year makes.

    I was just reading through this thread and happened upon my post from September 2005, and I'm happy to say that my answer then no longer holds true. The answer today is yes, YES, YES!!! I feel valued in my current position because my boss trusts me to do my job and encourages me to use my abilities. I have the autonomy to be as creative and innovative as I want to be, the trust of the staff and the residents, and the respect of people in the community who bring their family members to my facility because of our reputation for excellence.

    Yes, I'm very fortunate, but I haven't always been, so I'm counting my blessings.

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