OK, maybe I've been reading the wrong Threads.... - page 4

I had no preconceived notion of WHAT Nursing was when I went back to school at age 30. Twelve years later, this is what I've learned about Nursing: Nursing is NOT a Fairy Tale...there very often... Read More

  1. by   stressedlpn
    I love getting on my pc everynight and reading everything that is being said. I learn so much from everyone. I will admit also that hearing all the "venting" makes me feel as if maybe I am not the only one with these fears, gripes and concerns. I look at these boards as one of the best learning tools that I have at my disposal. Someone posted earlier that you hoped that we new nurses would learn from the older ones, well we do or at least I do. This board gives me hope when I dont have any left when I feel the ol' burn out creeping in on me I know I am not alone, when I need encouragment you guys are here for me. I feel a certain kinship with all of you, because we are all nurses, we are family. I just wanted to thank all of you.
  2. by   live4today
    this is for everyone: ((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))))) :kiss :kiss
  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Back at ya Renee!
  4. by   Fgr8Out
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by mattsmom81
    [B]
    Originally posted by Fgr8Out


    Uhhhh....

    I've never accused anyone of whining... but again, people will personalize what they will.

    Uhhh. just looking at your siggy..."No whining" with a shaking finger......
    (Originally posted by Fgr8Out:
    "My "tag" is a phrase I use at work... not necessarily for anyone but myself, as a reminder to keep focused on the business at hand. It is in no way intended to say anything else. ")


    Peace
    Last edit by Fgr8Out on Jul 22, '02
  5. by   live4today
    Nighty night all and sweet dreams of nurses dancing in your heads. :kiss Until we meet again. :zzzzz :zzzzz :zzzzz
  6. by   Fgr8Out
    Nite nite Renee**** thank you for all that you do and bring to this site.

    Peace
  7. by   mattsmom81
    Renee, sweetie, you are such a HOOT!

    Will you be my adopted big sis? Pretty please?:roll
  8. by   mattsmom81
    Originally posted by Dr. Kate
    There always have been and there always will be nurses who let the powers that be walk all over them and sya thanks for the experience, and people who refuse to buy into letting the hospital treat them poorly.
    I've been at this for more than 25 years and I learned very early on that once is a favor, twice is a habit. I observed it and learned. My mamma didn't raise a fool. She graduated from nursing school in 1941 and let me tell you no one walked all over her or treated her badly because she didn't allow it. Maybe I learned it at my mother's knee, not a bad place to learn.
    But what do we do when the supe says two nurses have called in and there's nobody to call in, no agency available, no staff that can be pulled? And we've gotta ICU full of unstable patients....

    I couldn't sleep nights if I said "I refuse to be used" and walk out on my crying coworkers who will be left dangerously short staffed if I go...

    I don't do this for the facility but for my coworkers...and they will reciprocate some night when I'm in similar straits.

    We just do the best we can to support one another...I can't punish my sisters and brothers because administration has planned poorly. I realize this may be counterproductive, as the hospital comes to rely on this tactic to staff....but what do we do??

    What have ya'll done in this situation? Am I wrong to stay over??
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I don't think so, mattsmom. I think that makes you an awesome and caring coworker. I admire you your caring attitude and team player thinking, myself!
  10. by   RNanne
    I used to be a weekend supervisor and did shift staffing for PMs and noc shift. We did not have agencies either, just our own staff. I know that it is just easier to count on the nurses staying over than it is to get on the phone and really DIG. It is easy to take advantage of kind-hearted nurses. They love one another. I never did this. Sometimes I would get sores on my chin from the phone from calling and calling. I never did not get enough help. I even cried once on the phone trying to staff ICU. That worked, but only because nurses are wonderful. It is a nightmare sometimes. You should have seen my face when I discovered that they could bring trauma patients in on the 'copter in pairs!

    I don't know what the answer is. I would stay over too, just because I did not want the staff to suffer. I loved my sisters and brothers. Yes, it is getting taken for granted and walked on. But as long as we succumb to it, it will happen. A really vicious circle and no easy solution. Alas, at least I can not think of one.
  11. by   RNinICU
    Originally posted by mattsmom81


    But what do we do when the supe says two nurses have called in and there's nobody to call in, no agency available, no staff that can be pulled? And we've gotta ICU full of unstable patients....

    I couldn't sleep nights if I said "I refuse to be used" and walk out on my crying coworkers who will be left dangerously short staffed if I go...

    I don't do this for the facility but for my coworkers...and they will reciprocate some night when I'm in similar straits.

    We just do the best we can to support one another...I can't punish my sisters and brothers because administration has planned poorly. I realize this may be counterproductive, as the hospital comes to rely on this tactic to staff....but what do we do??

    What have ya'll done in this situation? Am I wrong to stay over??
    Mattsmom, I feel the same way you do. I cannot leave knowing that the unit is short staffed, even if it is a result of poor planning. And I also know that the hospital does rely on these tactics. I am not staying for the hospital, but for my patients and co workers. It does make it easier to stay knowing that our Unit Manager and Clinical Coordinator stay or come in on their days off as frequently as any of the staff
  12. by   stressedlpn
    same here mattsmom81, when I try to explain to my boyfriend why I have to wk late he really doesnt understand. Like you I could not leave my co-wkers in a bind. It gets kinda old though when everyone just expects you to stay over come in on my days off ect. most of the time I am off I have to carry a beeper around with me "just in case". I kinda got worried though when my 7 year old was having a play conversation on her little phone and I quote"I cant come in today it is my day off and I have plans,okay I be there when I can but this is the last time!!!" I guess she listens better to my phone calls than I thought. Oh well another day another dollar right
  13. by   RNinICU
    Originally posted by stressedlpn
    same here mattsmom81, when I try to explain to my boyfriend why I have to wk late he really doesnt understand. Like you I could not leave my co-wkers in a bind. It gets kinda old though when everyone just expects you to stay over come in on my days off ect. most of the time I am off I have to carry a beeper around with me "just in case". I kinda got worried though when my 7 year old was having a play conversation on her little phone and I quote"I cant come in today it is my day off and I have plans,okay I be there when I can but this is the last time!!!" I guess she listens better to my phone calls than I thought. Oh well another day another dollar right
    Sometimes little ones can give you a new perspective. A while ago I had been doing a lot of overtime, and hadn't seen my daughter or her kids for over a month. She made her point by bringing the kids to the hospital to see me. The five year old asked me if I still lived with Grandpa, or did I live at the hospital now. I still work overtime, and I still will not leave my coworkers in a bind, but my family comes first.

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