I'm not sure. Where I work it seems they're doing all they can to discourage us from staying at the bedside: increased workloads, crappy managment, increased paperwork, impossible patient loads and assignments, increased responsibility, increased blame for everything that goes wrong w/ very little extra compensation for it. And, yes, now we get the line that we're just lucky to have work. I guess there's some truth in that -- but how about telling us how lucky they are to have us?
I think it could just be my floor, but I'm not so sure.
I for one am tired of all of the above, am getting my msn, and planning to be done w/ bedside in less than 5 years. There is absolutely no incentive for me to stay. It seems the longer I'm on the unit, the worse I and others -- really GOOD nurses, get treated by our mgmt team.
There's a big problem in bedside nursing -- and I think most of it stems from administration and/or management working in tandem. I honestly don't know how they get away with it in terms of the bottom line and their accountability to it.
We have truly smart and talented RN's on our floor. Some from top tier and even Ivy league schools, and many RN's w/ years of experience. But we are managed by a bunch of RN's w/o even BSN's who just stuck it out in nursing for 7 or more years and worked their way up through the good old girl network. They are rude, nasty, vindictive, retaliatory, and uninspirational in their approach to leading and managing people. There are also way too many of them and they constantly are into your business.
I just can't stay. I'm uninspired, un-lead. It's stifling, degrading, and soul destroying. I am not a monkey, not a donkey -- I believe in myself way too much to remain in that environment. I just have way too much to give.