:angryfire Political double talk, no action taken from direct suggestions from staff in the trenches on the front lines every day with no help at all from the "powers that be...", incompetent and insubordinate underlings, (cnas more interested in taking shortcuts, talking on cellphones IN THE FACILITY, scoffing at writeups as if they can do no wrong,taking too many and too long of a break, etc.), nobody sticking to their guns and banding together as one to fight the money mongrels in corporate suits "managing" the health care system, extreme volume of patients versus ONE nurse to manage their health care delivery, a human body created to last approximately 47 years in theory but expected to keep going to 67 years plus...chronic body pains suggestive of fibromyalgia, definite diagnosed arthritis, gout, diabetes, asthma,(body worn slap out! from too many years at bedside), too many meds to push in skilled nursing facilities to too many residents(anywhere from 28 to 30 per unit), not enough physical help with heavy or obtunded patients, to be fair, cnas are too overburdened, also, and not all are incompetent, lazy, etc. don't flame me for above statement, please!
I have been in nursing for 20 years. A dream I always wanted to fulfill but it has become a living nightmare. I have a promise of a job next week I'm going to shadow for a couple of hours and pray that the manager hires me for it. Part time working in ....(drum rolll.....) a doggy day care center.
Will piece meal that with part time private duty or per diem visits in home health or agency work, one client at a time and nonjudgemental four legged furry bundles of love...how could that NOT be fun! What a change from nursing! I love nursing. I love helping folks of all ages and all acuities. Just am not physically able to do it anymore full time. Not enough money saved for retirement so will plan on working until I drop in my shoes in whatever job I end up in up and until the end....!
I think I've covered my main issues here. Not to sound negative. It's the nature of the health care management beast these days. I hate it. It use to not be this way. I actually use to look forward to going to work!
No one but other nurses seem to understand. My family certainly doesn't. But it's not them out there busting their hump and putting a professional license on the lines, not to mention liabilities. (*lawsuit happy public...!)
More power to the younger ones who can still shovel the poop in the hospital settings...I could not. Even if I wanted to. My body is shot!