Sick and tired! What next? - page 2

I've been working in the same hospital for 2 years. I know that's not awfully long, but I'm getting crispy. I'm way over it. The place is large, full of politics and it seems like a nurse mill. ... Read More

  1. by   mattsmom81
    So true, at least with agency ya KNOW you're probably gonna be getting the worst patients, etc. But if the treatment is TOO harsh, we never have to go back...we aren't trapped...

    I'm back on staff for now, but missing some of the joys of agency.

    One downfall to agency in my parts.. we will be assigned the 'bad docs' patients, the ones who blame the nurses for everything and open us up to complaint and litigation.

    Going on staff for me was partly in self defense ie 'the devil ya know is better than the devil ya don't know'. But it is SUUURE tiresome to be amidst facility politics again. <sigh>

    If you go agency or travel/contract, do the short hauls so ya don't get stuck in a bad place too long...good luck to ya!
  2. by   altomga
    hey there {{{{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}
    I can also relate to what you are saying. I fortunately do work with a great bunch of people (overall) I believe in smiling at someone as you walk by them even if you don't know them.

    the politics of the hospital and the way management can sometimes treat those certain few with a special attitude and others with disgust is nauseating.

    I frequently will float to another department while I am working on my own unit to help them out...either to draw blood, start and IV, transport a pt for them that is on a monitor...why, b/c I don't mind doing it and to me if you help others willingly they will want to help you out sometime if you need them to.

    Take that vacation...sometimes it will help A LOT...if when you return you still feel the same way think about leaving to find a better job...
  3. by   NICU_Nurse
    I can SO relate to what you're feeling. I have two shifts left at my current job before I start work at my new facility, and I am leaving because of many of the reasons you've listed. Poor management, poor administration, negativity EVERYWHERE that just sucks the life and enthusiasm out of you, favoritism supported by crappy policy and a system that not only encourages lies and falsifying information to get what you want, but one that refuses to reward genuine hard work and backbreaking effort with even a mere compliment. The team members that I work with are, for the most part, SPECTACULAR and I'd carry them with me if I could, but the positive aspects they bring to the situation don't outweigh the negatives. Call me naive, call me idealistic, but I'm moving with the hope that every facility is not like the one I am currently working at, and it's as simple as that. I'm hoping for something better. In fact, I am demanding something better and am "voting with my feet" so to speak. I can't change the system- it was in place long before I came along, but I can change the environment that I work in and that's exactly what I did. Maybe it's time for you to move on in a bigger way? Don't feel bad about the two years; I've only been here 19 months, and it was about 13 months too long. It is my firm belief that it is NOT the same everywhere. Hanging on to that belief is what will *keep* you working for a facility that offers you little benefit for far too long. My life is too short and valuable for me to make an assumption like that, and so is yours! Don't let these people or this workplace color your perspective in such a dramatic way. Everyone is different, every place is different, and it's just a matter of finding one that fits.
  4. by   mattsmom81
    PS...forgot to say DEFINITELY take a nice long vacation and think about your options!

    I'm watching 'Flight of the Phoenix' now on TV and am thinking myself...hmmm...
  5. by   seanymph
    I can relate to your problem totally. My absenteeism was to the point where I was endanger of being fired. My migraines were very frequent. I had been tossing around the idea of travel nursing for 2yrs, but was too afraid, well I bit the bullet. I am on my second assignment. On my fisrt assignment I had one migraine which was related to my menses and never had a call in. The nursing profession which I was thinking of getting out of I love doing again. I enjoy going to work doing patient care and teaching with no politics and bs. I get to see new places and meet new people and still travel w/ my dog and cat.
  6. by   sjoe
    kristi writes: "I'm moving with the hope that every facility is not like the one I am currently working at, and it's as simple as that "

    I wish you better fortune than I have had--12 jobs later, the same old stuff, just slightly different versions.
    Last edit by sjoe on Jul 31, '03
  7. by   sjoe
    dawn--how do you deal with the places where you get no or stunningly inadequate orientation, then are expected to magically know all the paperwork, etc.?
  8. by   NICU_Nurse
    Thanks for the ray of sunshine!
  9. by   sjoe
    If it's a ray of sunshine you want, go see "Seabiscuit."
  10. by   seanymph
    So far the staff has been very helpful in answering questions. they are thankful for the help as they are usually working shorthanded.
  11. by   ANnot4me
    Update: I am off orientation and the last few days have been fine. I have signed up to go home everday and have been able to due low census. I keep busy and try to help others; I ignore the politics. I've also planned a long trip in January and plan to resign or go per diem (it's nearly impossible to get vacation when I want it). I will only be working at this facility part-time beginning in September. I want to get a per diem job in a float pool. That's all there is to it. I just try to remember that I have no intention of staying there forever.

    That's not saying that I won't be completely fed up again!
  12. by   mattsmom81
    I have found perdiem is definitely the way to go to maintain my sanity in this profession!! Good luck!!
  13. by   layna
    Choosing "Moonlight and Roses...or Daylight and Dishes"...

    chigap,

    I feel for you. Yes, you are right...it is the same everywhere. I have been reading these posts with much fascination, sadness and frustration. In previous posts on this board, I mention that management and staff nurses really do want the same things. It is time for all nurses to work together and get rid of the "us" verses "them" mentality. Sounds idealistic? Maybe...but this is what it is going to take to make the changes needed related to recruitment/retention. It is time for ALL nurses to take individual responsibility for what is going on in their units instead of depending on one person/one manager to "wave a magic wand" to make it "all better".

    I can imagine that perdiem may be the only way for some of us to maintain our sanity...can be compared to dating versus marriage...perdiem nursing: as the well paying, all new, exciting and short-lived "moonlight and roses dating phase" where there is a certain comfort in knowing that you don't really have to put up with anyone or any politics for very long before you move on... Then there are the rest of us who choose to work in the permanent "daylight and dishes" hospital positions "married" to a hospital that is suffering financial challenges related to poor reimbursement where we are faced with trying to "make it work" on less pay and the challenge of having to work together towards a common goal.

    I just made the decision to leave management due to the high demands on my time related to these issues. I hope to go back someday when my children are grown. For now, I am planning on teaching highschool students about careers in healthcare...try to inject them with the attitude and tools that they will need to try their best to heal our profession by killing the negativity and realize the value of coming together as "one".

    Just 2 cents from someone who wants peace in our profession,

    Layna

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