Wow! Your job sounds just like my job! Do we work at the same place, on the same floor? I, too, work on a horrible Med-Surg floor and am currently looking for something less stressful. I started to transfer to another floor, then realized that part of the problem is the HOSPITAL. No matter where I transfer within the hospital, I believe that it will be similar because administration just does not care!
We cry at work, we have highly acute patients with high nurse
atient ratios, fight with pharmacy and doctors. I swear....if we could just BE NURSES vs having to fight with everyone just to perform our job duties, it would be nice.
I have a feeling that this is going to be normal practice for hospitals from here on out. Sad, but true. It has been echoed here on AN before. Hospitals are being run as if they were 5-star hotels. We no longer have "patients"; we have "customers". And customers do not like to listen to patient teaching, or listen to nurses or doctors. They want what they want when they want it! Now! How dare you try to keep them on the floor, much less in their room. They have rights, don't you know?
I am sorry I am venting, but I am right there with you. I am very disappointed that nursing has turned into such a circus!
I have a feeling that I am going to get flamed!