- Some of my co-workers are slow, some are lazy.
- I regularly deal with drug seekers.
- Some patients and family members are abusive jerks.
- Sometimes I encounter docs who are inexperienced, slow, obstinate or jerks.
- Many of my patients brought their problems on themselves through poor choices.
- Admin has no idea what I actually do, or what they could do to improve patient care.
- Valuing customer satisfaction over patient outcomes is shortsighted, stupid and harmful.
I am sure I could go on, but I would be hard pressed to come up with a complaint that has not been adequately expressed here. Probably on the first page of this forum.
But, being a grownup, I know that few things in life are perfect.
- Most of my co-workers are decent people, many have a strong understanding of teamwork, and are very competent. I like them.
- I am often thanked and appreciated by patients and their families. When they see me in the hall, or passing through the hospital (or sometimes in Walmart) they often tell me how their family member is doing. Apparently they got the idea that I care.
- I get along well with other departments. I am nice to them. I look for ways I can help, and tasks I can deposit into the favor bank. When I need something from them, they are usually pretty helpful.
- For the most part, the docs I work with are collegial. We get along well, and when I advocate for a patient, I usually get what I want.
- I live in the states where wages are, for the most part, determined by the laws of supply and demand. If there were people willing to do my job for $15 an hour, that would be the pay. I nobody would show up for under $60 an hour, that would be the pay. But, I chose the field, and can choose to leave. I have heard driving for UPS pays more. I bet those guys hire new drivers every day, but I like nursing.
- I don't feel entitled to new cars or high end electronics- I live within my means and have what I think of as a high standard of living. Going overseas over Christmas, ski trip in February, and might take the summer off. Could take off on the sailboat for a month or two if I want.
- I often have fun at work. Sometimes it is rewarding, and I feel really good that my extra time training, studying and reading has helped me do a good job under challenging circumstances. Sometimes I leave feeling like I have been tossed around in a cement mixer for 14 hours. Then pooped on. But, when I clock out, work stays right where it belongs- in the hospital. (Maybe some of the poop makes it home sometimes.)
Nursing isn't who I am. It's what I do 36 hours a week to pay the bills, and allows me to do the stuff I want for the remaining 132 hours a week.