I think I'm done with nursing. - page 7

by MBrickle

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I've had a tough few weeks of self-reflection. My mind has gone back and forth over my preferred career path, and, ultimately, I think I'm going to bow out gracefully. I am a career-change RN. After receiving two bachelor... Read More


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    Quote from SionainnRN

    I'm feel quite sorry for your coworkers. It sounds like you are one of those people who go around saying "that's not my job" instead of helping. I'm by no means a glutton for punishment but if I just discharged someone and have a free sec you bet your hiney I'm cleaning that room! I love my housekeepers and am more than willing to help them out. That's part of being a good thoughtful employee.
    Don't feel badly for my coworkers because I refuse to spend my entire shift doing their jobs for them. If I have a free second, I'm going to pee and maybe eat something. I might even go find a spot to take a few deep breaths and recenter so I can be emotionally present for my patients as a nurse. Because that's what i am in fact employed to do, be a nurse, not a housekeeper, not a tv repair person, it person, transporter, pharm aid, or resp therapist.

    I love the housekeepers too. They're often good people to be around but lazy as all get out often enough and that doesn't make it my job to their job.

    Thank you for proving my point though! Nurses will always be wallowing in it. Do you see anybody trying to do our jobs for us? Rushing to assist you? The rt? The md? The mid level? Nope, didn't think so. That's how you get ahead. By doing your job well. Not half butting it so you can do other people's jobs for them.
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    Quote from SionainnRN

    I'm feel quite sorry for your coworkers. It sounds like you are one of those people who go around saying "that's not my job" instead of helping. I'm by no means a glutton for punishment but if I just discharged someone and have a free sec you bet your hiney I'm cleaning that room! I love my housekeepers and am more than willing to help them out. That's part of being a good thoughtful employee.
    Ps. I don't say anything about it! Just keep my mouth shut, keep smiling nodding and studying for the gre! Ain't no saving you people from yourselves. I've tried being outspoken. The housekeeper hides her bucket in the back closet, if you're asking. :-)
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    Quote from VICEDRN

    Don't feel badly for my coworkers because I refuse to spend my entire shift doing their jobs for them. If I have a free second, I'm going to pee and maybe eat something. I might even go find a spot to take a few deep breaths and recenter so I can be emotionally present for my patients as a nurse. Because that's what i am in fact employed to do, be a nurse, not a housekeeper, not a tv repair person, it person, transporter, pharm aid, or resp therapist.

    I love the housekeepers too. They're often good people to be around but lazy as all get out often enough and that doesn't make it my job to their job.

    Thank you for proving my point though! Nurses will always be wallowing in it. Do you see anybody trying to do our jobs for us? Rushing to assist you? The rt? The md? The mid level? Nope, didn't think so. That's how you get ahead. By doing your job well. Not half butting it so you can do other people's jobs for them.
    Actually yes, where I work we work as a team to help each other and the pt. I work in a busy ER and have had the docs, cna's, and housekeepers bust their asses to help me and keep the flow going. You have such a narrow view of what your "job" is. No wonder no one tries to help you out.
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    Quote from SionainnRN

    Actually yes, where I work we work as a team to help each other and the pt. I work in a busy ER and have had the docs, cna's, and housekeepers bust their asses to help me and keep the flow going. You have such a narrow view of what your "job" is. No wonder no one tries to help you out.
    Be careful how much judge people you meet on an Internet board. You don't know the first thing about working with me or at the facilities I have been at. If I wanted to judge you, I would guess that you are that needy slow poke nurse that everyone helps because you are so slow the patients would never get anything unless everyone on staff helps you! (This is another way that nurses behave like codependents) But I don't know that you are, maybe you just have a nice job where everyone helps out.

    For the most part, I draw all my own labs though we have a phleb, do breathing treatments or o2 as needed because it is the best thing for my patients. If tv people refuse to come, I even trouble shoot their tv but frankly, I remain aware that these are someone else's responsibilities. For the record, the phlebs love me as do the rts and the housekeepers.

    I know enough to recognize a losing battle when I see one and I say nothing but plan my future. It's sad because again, nurses discredit themselves. Rushing through charting to clean a room so the next patient can be in it. What's left is a sloppy chart and proof that we are overpaid housekeepers yet people like you like it like that. Refusing to advance the profession.
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    Quote from SionainnRN

    Actually yes, where I work we work as a team to help each other and the pt. I work in a busy ER and have had the docs, cna's, and housekeepers bust their asses to help me and keep the flow going. You have such a narrow view of what your "job" is. No wonder no one tries to help you out.
    Ps. Nobody can help you medicate your patients or do your charts. Not the mds, the cna or housekeepers so I doubt these people are doing much more than their jobs. Sad that you think they are "helping" you by doing their jobs.

    I get and give plenty of help to nurses that I work with because again, I am a nurse and that's what I get paid to do and my loyalty is to help other nurses with nursing specific activities. This is the most productive use of my time, not cleaning rooms because the housekeeper is having a smoke with her buddies for the next 40 minutes or so.
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    Quote from VICEDRN
    Be careful how much judge people you meet on an Internet board. You don't know the first thing about working with me or at the facilities I have been at. If I wanted to judge you, I would guess that you are that needy slow poke nurse that everyone helps because you are so slow the patients would never get anything unless everyone on staff helps you! (This is another way that nurses behave like codependents) But I don't know that you are, maybe you just have a nice job where everyone helps out.

    For the most part, I draw all my own labs though we have a phleb, do breathing treatments or o2 as needed because it is the best thing for my patients. If tv people refuse to come, I even trouble shoot their tv but frankly, I remain aware that these are someone else's responsibilities. For the record, the phlebs love me as do the rts and the housekeepers.

    I know enough to recognize a losing battle when I see one and I say nothing but plan my future. It's sad because again, nurses discredit themselves. Rushing through charting to clean a room so the next patient can be in it. What's left is a sloppy chart and proof that we are overpaid housekeepers yet people like you like it like that. Refusing to advance the profession.
    And you also shouldn't assume. I never said anything about rushing through charting, or sacrificing my bladder to "do someone else's work". I specifically said if I have a free second I try to keep things moving by cleaning a room, this helps the TEAM by freeing up the housekeeper to do a terminal clean on another room. In the ER it's all about "moving the meat" so ALL of it is part of my job. And if you think all nursing is, is passing meds and charting, then you are missing the bigger part of nursing. If a manager is looking to promote someone, who do you think they are going to pick? Someone who pitches in to help the unit, or the person who has the attitude of "it's not my job" or "I"m not getting paid to do that"? Which trust me, people can see a mile away despite your assurances that you're not vocal about it, everyone can tell. Good luck with this attitude. I hope it serves you well and gets you what you want. I personally think you'll never be happy with your job with that attitude.
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    Quote from SionainnRN

    And you also shouldn't assume. I never said anything about rushing through charting, or sacrificing my bladder to "do someone else's work". I specifically said if I have a free second I try to keep things moving by cleaning a room, this helps the TEAM by freeing up the housekeeper to do a terminal clean on another room. In the ER it's all about "moving the meat" so ALL of it is part of my job. And if you think all nursing is, is passing meds and charting, then you are missing the bigger part of nursing. If a manager is looking to promote someone, who do you think they are going to pick? Someone who pitches in to help the unit, or the person who has the attitude of "it's not my job" or "I"m not getting paid to do that"? Which trust me, people can see a mile away despite your assurances that you're not vocal about it, everyone can tell. Good luck with this attitude. I hope it serves you well and gets you what you want. I personally think you'll never be happy with your job with that attitude.
    Did I say you rush through your charting? Nope. I was implying that rushing through charting is what is promoted by doing everyone else's job for them. A lack of focus on nursing.

    You join a whole host of people that confuse the Internet with reality. This is a good safe place to vent. In real life, I move my patients super fast by focusing on nursing activities, I build my reputation in nursing by helping my peers as a nurse do nursing activities and in my last review, was told that my greatest failing was that I need to spend more time on committees and teaching/precepting because I am just such an
    Amazing resource as a nurse. I smiled and thanked the leader reviewing me, knowing I would never be around to do all this stuff. So, no, it doesn't show and I bet there's an army of nurses like me all over the place.

    You won't ever find me cleaning a room. Ever.

    I will never be happy bedside and i think thats sad because nursing could be so much more! i am too busy moving on for all that nonsense! Truly, there are plenty of people who don't need to rescue the whole world from their own jobs as and call it a job in and of itself.
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    Quote from SionainnRN
    And you also shouldn't assume. I never said anything about rushing through charting, or sacrificing my bladder to "do someone else's work". I specifically said if I have a free second I try to keep things moving by cleaning a room, this helps the TEAM by freeing up the housekeeper to do a terminal clean on another room. In the ER it's all about "moving the meat" so ALL of it is part of my job. And if you think all nursing is, is passing meds and charting, then you are missing the bigger part of nursing. If a manager is looking to promote someone, who do you think they are going to pick? Someone who pitches in to help the unit, or the person who has the attitude of "it's not my job" or "I"m not getting paid to do that"? Which trust me, people can see a mile away despite your assurances that you're not vocal about it, everyone can tell. Good luck with this attitude. I hope it serves you well and gets you what you want. I personally think you'll never be happy with your job with that attitude.
    Oh, so that's what it's like to work as an RN in the ER. Oh. Hmmm.

    I dunno, I don't buy anything you've said. Just sounds like something a floor secretary who wants to be a tech would say for some reason. JMHO.
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    Quote from netglow

    Oh, so that's what it's like to work as an RN in the ER. Oh. Hmmm.

    I dunno, I don't buy anything you've said. Just sounds like something a floor secretary who wants to be a tech would say for some reason. JMHO.
    Wow really? Sorry I'm an RN, not a secretary, and I happen to work with a great group of staff who helps each other. Since you have nothing to contribute other than calling me a liar I have nothing else to say to you.
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    I think this thread is getting away from the initial topic at hand. What do the Mods think?


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