I hate my job. Working on a gero-psych unit for a little over a year. i hate my coworkers. many of them don't give a hoot about anyone but themselves. they are only watching their own back and willing to throw anyone else under the bus. management is no different. i have a charge nurse that lacks basic knowledge (that a CHARGE RN should know...don't know how to hang an IV bag? Don't know how to even start an IV? You actually need help to get meds from the pyxis since you never used it before? omg.) and leadership skills on top of that. the DON even knows it but there's nothing she can do, according to her. there is little to no morale on our unit. each shift is ready to cut the throat of another shift. the noc charge nurse is so disrespectful to other nurses, if she thinks you're an idiot, she will let you know by her looking out the window during report, accusing the evening staff nurse(s) of neglecting the patients (or neglecting to clean up a patient's wheelchair, table, etc.). Almost every RN and/or Charge RN like to chastise you for not doing something or doing something incorrectly in front of all the staff during group report. They love wagging their little finger at you and stroking their own egos because they know better than you. i wish i could tell management all this anger and frustration i have for the staff and the unit. i'm also tired of patient's family members that are nearly as crazy as the patient. i'm tired that management focuses so much on cutting down on spending, they cut down on staff--and then blame the staff if there's a fall, a code, or whatever issue that goes down. working here has shot my ego...even in nursing school i got the impression from instructors that i wouldn't make it far as a nurse. working here just enforces it. sorry i'm not miss "super nurse" that is supposed to know everything after a year, let alone everything after i got out of nursing school. sorry i'm not as quick or intelligent as someone else and not good enough to deserve even the slightest respect or acknowledgment as a human being from you. I figure that even if I did go to another unit, things probably won't be any different. i'm done. now, i need to get ready to go back to work.
p.s. i'm sorry for lack of grammar and punctuation. it's just a jumble of a rambling vent. i'm sad that what i've worked for, to become an RN, has been a pretty bad experience since i got this license 2 years ago. i'm looking for another job...applied to several places but no go so far....pardon if i offended anyone in my statements, too emotional...
Feb 16, '11
I worked on a decent floor when I started, but didn't really realize it as a new nurse. I experienced much of what you have written during my first year. I felt that managment was awful, there is no way in the world I could get all this done in a shift, I made mistakes, I got ******* at, so on and so forth. I promise it gets better after a couple of years.
I've changed jobs and still feel like I'm incompetent because I can't get everything done for all my patients. I don't care what any nurse on this message board says, nurses in this country have to high of a patient load with the amount of responsibility that we are suppose to have for each of our patients. I've been at some top 10 hospitals in the US who boast about the nursing magnet status, and while they are much better than other hospitals I've worked at, it still occurs to often that a nurse has an unsafe patient load. I have not met a nurse that is relativly relaxed and content at work.
As nurses we allow others to tell us (mostly other older nurses in the field) that it is basically our job to martyr ourselves to the Florence Nightengale image where we work ourselves raw for others for very little compensation or gratituted and then we should be GREATFUL to call ourselves nurses. Well that idea is ********.
So let me tell you this now. As a nurse if you make sure that your patients get most of their medications and are alive when you leave, then that's a good job. You are only one person and you can only do what you can do. Do your best and when someone else wants you to stay 3 hours after your shift to 'finish' things they feel you should have to do, tell them to shove it.
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I can feel your frustration. and it is good thing we have this nursing forum to discuss about it. I like it alot.
you are a brave and caring heart person, that is why you want to start a union in your job. It is extra work with no pay and not many people want to do that.
however, I wouldn't trust much of your coworkers.
According to my personal experience, you never know what kind of person your coworker is. whatever you decide, keep it to yourself.
I recently made a decision to transfer to different unit. there was one nurse I trusted at work and told her where I am going. She proclaimed my situation during the staff meeting. acted like she didn't know my intension at all!!! I almost let everyone know that she, too, has been applying here and there searching for a job. I didn't. I kept my mouth shot until later time. I asked her, why she acted so surprise. She said, I am going to different unit was something she didn't think about....
I cross her off from my friends list.
Well, with my age, I thought I knew people pretty well, but I guess not.
They can encourage you to work extra all they want, but you are not obligated to do that.
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