Is anyone happy with their job? - page 2

If you enjoy your job, please state what you do, how many pt's you have during a shift and how much overtime you put in? Thank you, Wendy... Read More

  1. by   EllanRN
    I love my job. I work in a 16 bed ICU, 7p-7a. 1-2 patients max, even if they are overflow from other floors. No mandatory OT but I pick up at least one extra shift a pay period because the financial incentive makes it worth it. On very few occasions, I've had to work through my break, but get paid the OT for it. I like the challenge. I like the people I work with. I like working with Intensivists. They are a wealth of knowledge, eager to teach and work well with us. I really like working 12 hour nights.
  2. by   PhantomRN
    I am really hoping my next job will give me what I am looking for.
    I start next month.
    Last edit by PhantomRN on Jun 19, '02
  3. by   mattsmom81
    ICU (CVICU in particular) was always my fave too. We took call to help each other out and I loved the people I worked with for the most part! OT happens cuz patients can go bad very quickly and you need another set of hands to stabilize, requiring several nurses per patient as mentioned. It's a team effort and the 'heart nurses' bond.

    Phantom, you'll have to let us know how this triage position works out...it sounds interesting.
  4. by   nursedawn67
    Originally posted by wenron
    If you enjoy your job, please state what you do, how many pt's you have during a shift and how much overtime you put in?

    Thank you,
    Wendy

    I enjoy my job, I fought hard to get to the facility I am at. I live maybe 3 minutes from it. And like most jobs it has it's ups and downs, but I love it there, I work with 2 other nurses that went to nursing school with me, and even though we can be swamped with work we have fun. Actually all the staff does, the residents seem to enjoy us and we enjoy them. We have a great staff!:chuckle

    I live in Michigan.

    I generally have 25 residents a night, occasionally 50 (when we are "staffed challenged") and I have 2 to 3 aides a night.
  5. by   RoaminHankRN
    I too love my job. House Supervisor on the night shift.

    Not too long ago when I worked ER, I hated my job!!
  6. by   kewlnurse
    Love my job, CMICU 2-3 patients, we don't have mandatory OT and I never work any voluntary, keep saying i'm going to pick up a shift but never do. Hate where I live though, but right now thats a moot point.
  7. by   MassLPN
    I would NOT have said that 2 months ago, but I have a new job now, and really enjoy coming to work now. I used to work LTC, with an average of 40 patients, I worked 'agency' so I worked in many of our local LTC facilities.

    Since Valentine's day, I've been working as the Employee Health Nurse at a rehabilitation hospital. The inpatient hospital where I'm located has 198 beds, we have a 22 bed unit at another location, and about 12 outpatient therapy sites. I'm responsible for the employee health program for the employees at all sites, totalling about 1100 employees, alltogether.

    It's such a different job than patient care. I did a similar job in Maine a few years ago, though on a much smaller scale. I get a great feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment when I get done with my day, I enjoy coming to work, and I'm not watching the clock to see how much longer I have to be here!!
  8. by   BeachNurse
    LOVE mine. I'm a research coordinator. No nights, weekends, holidays, OT. Minimal patient contact. Little stress and lots of perks. Great boss and coworkers.
  9. by   jaelle
    I'm kind of a beginner at nursing, have only been practicing 4 years. I started out working on the Surgical floor at night of a large hospital. Average patient load was 8, sometimes more...but never less. I was really lucky to have a great supervisor, and a fantastic preceptor. Sadly both of those nurses left within my first year there. Six months after starting work, I was the senior employee on night shift and one of three permanent night staff. The hospital had trouble finding nurses to work night shift, so we had a lot of traveling nurses. I was expected as a new grad to train these travelers to our floor, make assignments each shift, organize staffing for the shift following me, in short perform duties that a charge nurse should be doing. To say I was overwhelmed is an understatement. It was sink or swim, so I swam....but I got out of the situation as quickly as possible. For the last two years I've been working at a small rural hospital. This hospital knows the meaning of teamwork to a tee. I love the fact that I get to see OB patients, ER patients, a little of everything. I walk in the door every morning, still excited, still naive, thinking........"I'm going to make a difference in someone's life today."
    I feel so sorry for those nurses who graduated with me. Out of the 22 new grads my original hospital hired from the class I graduated from....not one of them still works for that hospital. And every one of them seems so bitter about nursing. I love my job. I'm lucky.
  10. by   TMPaul
    I am a Nurse Practitioner. I work in a hospital based Employee/Occupational Health clinic. I have a staff of 3 and my precepting physician is off-site. We average 35-40 patients per day and over 1200 procedures per month. There is very little overtime here but I am available by pager on the off hours if needed (happens rarely).
  11. by   dianacs
    This is such a refreshing thread. I have enjoyed reading all of your responses.
  12. by   Teshiee
    I love NICU 7P-7A

    The acuity is great. I may get a 1:1 or 3 little feeders and growers. I have recently found 2 parttime jobs and work registry I love the people there. My preceptor is awesome, she doesn't know it yet but I am going to get her a nice appreciation gift. It is not everyday you have an angel teach you things.
  13. by   ERNurse752
    I currently work ER. Not too happy with my current situation. I like the variety and adrenaline of ER, but I don't like being so short-staffed all the time that I can't take good care of my pts. Don't like coming in to work, and most of the time, everything is in total chaos. Many nights, I hate my job. I've been there for a total of about 8 months...been at my hospital for > 4 years though, in CICU mostly. I'm looking for another job, but not sure what I want. It complicates things that I graduated in May and passed boards in July...not much experience yet. Sigh.

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