I have a negative attitude - I must leave - page 3
I have been in med-surg night shift for 7 months. When I started I knew that I would feel reality shock and this would improve as my skills grew. Well it has been 7 months and I hate my job. I... Read More
Aug 18, '03Good for you, Raphael, and good luck in your new job- it sounds like a great place to work! My first nursing job was in a terrible place, too. At least now you know what you won't put up with in a job- it gives you an experience to go by. I think those places rely on the naivete of newer nurses to get away with what they do. Don't let them get you down- you sound like you have what it takes to keep on plugging on with a career in nursing.
Aug 18, '03I missed your original post Raphael, but I do wish you the best, most importantly, I wish you happiness...Good Luck!
Aug 18, '03quick find another job!! don't give up, change gears!!!! I have & it is how one survives a bad situation...!
Aug 18, '03I'm late in adding my 2 cents, but just wanted to say that in my limited experience (working at 1 LTC facility for 9 months and then Med/Surg at two different hospitals over a 10 year period), of course Med/Surg is hectic and even chaotic, maddening, and almost always stressful. We also have been forced to work with less as our private, non-profit suburban hospital has experienced severe financial problems the past couple of years, and we're in danger of being sold if we don't show a profit this year. With all the cutbacks, I've also occassionally thought of going elsewhere or doing something else, but I basically like Med/Surg.
*BUT*, the working conditions you've described are so incredibly awful and beyond the pale, that I agree with others: You must leave before your mental/physical health is taxed any further and so that your license isn't in jeopardy. I don't think all hospitals can be painted with the same broad brush-- Yes, Med/Surg is difficult and will continue to be so, but I hope someday you'll be able to find a safer, saner hospital in which to practice if you so desire. In the meantime, the LTC job sounds like a good situation and may help you to enjoy nursing again. All the best to you!
Aug 18, '03Originally posted by Rapheal
After my interview at the LTC facility the DON dropped me off at the desk and told me to stay as long as I liked to "get a feel of what we are like". I stayed for 4 hours and followed an RN who was quite happy and proud to show me the routine. The staff asked me alot of questions and I felt they were interviewing me as well. They seemed to care about what type of nurse they were going to be working with. They seemed very proud of their facility and the care they gave the residents. The residents were all cleaned, dressed and most out of their rooms for activities and socialization. One patient in for rehab told me " I'm leaving tomorrow-but let me tell you this is a nice place".
Aug 18, '03Thanks again for your replies. I have felt just the greatest sense of relief in just knowing from your responses that med-surg should not be this bad. I truly feared that nursing was like this everywhere because when my co-workers told me this I had no other knowledge to compare it with. Now I feel so much better and hopeful.
Aug 19, '03I think the key to making it in your first year of nursing is support, support, support. If you're not getting the support you need on the job, it is advisable to leave and find one where you will get it. You are making a good move, Raphael. It's not the same everywhere. I work med/surg, and have picked up agency shifts in other area hospitals. I don't pick up agency shifts in other hospitals any more, because I realized I have it pretty good where I work. A lot of hospitals will actively seek out new nurses because they are cheaper and don't know what questions to ask during their interviews, such as what are the nurse-to-patient ratios, questions about support staff, will you be expected to take charge positions, will you be guaranteed a day/night position, are they implementing mandatory OT, etc. They do not go out of their way to inform new nurses on issues such as these, so once you figure it out, you feel duped and discouraged. You now have some experience to go by, and this has apparently helped you with this new job prospect. Take it as that, and keep moving on- you're going in the right direction.
Aug 19, '03Oh boy! this was me a year ago. I am now DON of a LTC facility, I walked in, the old one who was to train me left. This place is great; I cannot believe how different the stress is and how much more peaceful I feel. I still do blood draws etc, so my IV skills are being kept up. I do feel for you, my whole family tells me how much better I seem, I am losing weight in a healthy way, am able to enjoy life again. I say go for it girl, you recognize your stress and you recognize how you feel... take care of you!
Aug 19, '03Raphael,
Maybe I worked in the same med-surg unit as you?
Lol. Seriously, it's not you, it's them
I had been an LPN for 7 years when I became an RN and went to work in a med-surg unit for the first time. My experience was just like yours. It left me doubting myself, my abilities and feeling like a fool for even getting my AAS in nursing.
It wasn't me, it was the hospital.
I finally threw in the towel at that hospital. It took a while, but I got over the disillusionment and despair of the experience, you will, too.
LTC is also rough and stressful, but the fact that you have the pts for a much longer time and can become familiar w/ them helps a lot.
Best of luck to you!
Aug 20, '03Thanks again for all the support and encouragement. Last night I awoke to severe chest pain. I have MVP and have learned to live with chest pain - but I feel that this is totally stress related. So I guess that my heart is telling me it's time to move on (pun intended) lol.
Aug 20, '03I am so sorry about your experience in your hospital--get out now, before you forget why you went into nursing. Not all hospitals are like that. I happen to be at one of the very good ones and am extremely happy. If you're able to relocate, or interested in relocating, you can pm me and I will tell you where I am. We also have great union backing where I am at. I can say that the hospital I work at genuinely cares about their employees and takes very good care of us, but they also care about our families. For instance--I moved two weeks ago, and shortly after I moved my car got broken into, and because of moving, I didn't have the money to get my car window repaired and my deductible was to high to cover the cost of fixing the window. I called my HR rep and explained my situation, and within 2 days they had an emergency loan check to me-no interest-and to be paid back by payroll deduction at 25$ every 2 weeks.
Anyway-Have you thought about calling JCAHO? and perhaps your nursing board-It sounds totally unsafe there for the patients
and if you make a report to JCAHO they have to investigate. It's just a suggestion. Good luck to you and don't give up on nursing. Not all places are like that. C
Aug 20, '03I will echo the sentiment of most of the earlier posts. Find a job at another organization as fast as possible. Your license is at risk every time you accept responsibility for your patients.
Seemingly insane decisions by administration happen too often to be mistakes. The nursing profession has taken up the slack so many times in the past that short-staffing becomes a viable financial alternative for the "nursing" administrators and VP's that make the decisions.
Your situation is not unique but it is not the normal state of affairs. I have worked at four hospitals over the last 15 years and most of that time has been enjoyable and fulfilling.
Take control of your situation and find another opportunity.
Aug 20, '03:roll :roll :roll have you tried singing while you work.like the one your mom always sing to you when you were a kid. that helps a lot joe.:roll :roll