The Last Straw.... - page 2

Hi guys, Sorry if this is a bit long & ranty, but here goes..... Haven't visited for a while (2,500 threads, 26,000 posts - no, I won't be trying to catch up!!) I'm getting out of nursing.... Read More

  1. by   OzNurse69
    Originally posted by babs_rn
    Oz, I can relate. My kids don't live with me due to nursing schedules and until recently I had the same situation...couldn't get or keep a relationship because actually DATING was out of the question....

    Good luck. Interested to know: what are you studying??

    Barbara
    Business Management. Possibly majoring in either International Business or Banking & Finance - not sure yet. Common first year, so I don't have to make up my mind until next July or so.

    Ruth
  2. by   OzNurse69
    Originally posted by MandyInMS
    Wishing you and your new baby allllll the happiness in the world (((hugzzz)))
    ps-love your sign line..so true
    Thanks Mandy, actually my "babies" are 9 & 12!! Been a mum for a while, but new at the single thing. After I posted I re-read it & wondered if anyone would misunderstand me - the wording was a bit vague!!

    Ruth
  3. by   OzNurse69
    Originally posted by VickyRN
    Very well stated, sjoe. For me, all the viscious infighting and bullying has been the most stressful part of nursing (not rude doctors or cold, controlling managers). It's so sad, because if we just pulled together, we would be an invincible force.
    Actually, I think that's the only thing that's kept me here for so long. I currently work with a fantastic unit - everyone pulls their weight & goes out of their way to help others. The workload is heavy - high dependency colorectal surgery - so no-one wants to come here. And we have a bad reputation among the rest of the hospital staff for the workload - everyone here just sucks it up & keeps going.

    But not this little black duck!! Not any more, anyway.

    Ruth
  4. by   mattsmom81
    Good luck to you Ruth..I think there are lots of us out in nurseland who wish we could just pull up and start over too.

    I've been doing this for 27 years now. I'm dog tired, and a 12 hr shift putting up with all the abuse from docs down to families is totally draining. No energy to do much else like join inneffective organizations, etc (if I saw them doing bedside nurse any good I might). Guess if TPTB continue to keep us beat down like this, nurses won't ever have the energy to try and change our collective predicament. And I agree there are too many females stuck in junior high mode...those who SAY they want to organize, etc, but then turn on the organizing team when it suits them. Had it happen to me twice. We make good scapegoats, and there are too few of us in my area who will take the heat to combat the dysfunctional among us... as they outnumber. <sigh>

    Perhaps when I don't need to keep a job anymore I will try and organize in my area again. But for now, I'm one tired ol' nurse, getting through one shift at a time as unscathed as possible. I have enough of my own problems (healthwise and jobwise) to worry about the group now. And I know many who feel the same. Can't blame us after years of beating our heads against walls.

    Best wishes Ruth and thanks for sharing your plans with us.
  5. by   babs_rn
    Originally posted by MandyInMS
    Wishing you and your new baby allllll the happiness in the world (((hugzzz)))
    ps-love your sign line..so true

    I remember that sign line as a line from Agamemnon, by Homer - Clytaimnestra, I believe. I remember it because I recently found an old term paper I had written in a World History course....It always did stand out to me. Glad to see it again, Oz....

    Barb

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