Originally posted by scrappy
I 100 percent agree and I couldn't have said it better.
I have my own opinion about the nursing shortage. I myself have not worked as a nurse in almost 4 yrs. The conditions and libilities are terrible! Especially in nursing homes. I loved my first job which was on a Med-Surg floor even though I learned a lot, the supervising nurses were awful and always on my case about helping the patients too much (helping them to the BR with an IV pole), but do you think either of them would help me? They sat at the nurses station all night and ate and talked! Some nurses they were. They gave me the most difficult patients too. I was warned by an R.N. from another floor that they would not get off my back until I either quit or tranferred to another floor. I got so many compliments from my patients I couldn't figure out what the nurses problems were. Then I went to agency nursing, things improved so much as far as office politics. I did that for 5 yrs. Then went to work as a staff nurse on a subacute floor. I really enjoyed that until they decided I would be desk nurse. I hated that and told my super I was not interested. I am an LPN and thought for the amount of libility I was taking on, that an RN with more experience should have the position. Well, that never happened even though I had RNs working under me!
I left that job to take care of my ailing father. I tried to return to work. One nurse hung up the phone on me as I was repaging the dr. who had given me an order and I didn't have it. The DON was standing right there. I was at awe. I later phoned the dr. and he informed me to right them all up! I quit that job after I was told I could have treated a lady with CHF with Lasix ( believe me it was too late for Lasix). Besides an LPN can not give Lasix IV push! Then I went to another nursing home which was brand new. I worked 11-7 and couldn't even tell you which door I was to open to send someone out to the hospital because I wasn't told! When I called the DON, she wrote me up for insubordination because I literally asked her if she was leaving me there to run the place all by myself without any orientation to the place and me being the only nurse there. What a nightmare! And I was also in charge of two floors, which later I found out was against the law!
Now you all know. Hope you read every word too!