This is not what I thought it was - page 5

So I have gone through my 3 months of orientation & so far I can't say I love my job. The hours are long, I'm treated like **** by patient's, family members (that's expected) & coworkers & the pay is... Read More

  1. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from RNrhythm
    I was happily surprised to learn that my favorite Case Manager at my acute care job is an LVN. Maybe that is an option for you?
    No, she's a RN-BSN.
  2. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from infinity_rn_
    sorry to hear- but seriously get another job lined up and get out!
    I need to get my RN first & then I'll be out the door!
  3. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from HeySis
    My Store has a spot where they actually watch you walk and run... the squat down so they see the way your lifting your feet and putting them down along with knee alignment. They have you do one footed squat to see how you align.... Some stores will do it on a treadmill with a camera that video's you from the knees down.
    I need to find one of these wonderful places! <3
  4. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from scratchgolfer
    I feel your pain on every level. this job sucks sometimes and were extremely underpaid for what we do. plus it doesnt help when coworkers are dick heads. i finally took time off after working for 7 months straight (3 months preceptorship, 1 month studying and writing NCLEX, 3 months of paid work) and ive been reflecting on how hard this job is. one of the biggest things that pisses me off is the lack of recognition and encouragement from coworkers and management and how they only point out flaws and mistakes. anyway, im going to keep my head down and power through until i have enough experience to work somewhere better that pays more and has better management and a less toxic work environment. rant over! all the best to you!
    My boss isn't terrible but my coworkers are & that makes me dread going to work. My preceptor was HORRID! She would snap at me for little, stupid things. Things that in my mind didn't require attitude. But then she would joke with me right after. Uh, what?!

    The last straw that broke my back. One of my patient's had a critical potassium & had to get 4 bags of IV potassium. Well the pharmacy didn't send it up until after 1200. My preceptor told me that since I started it on my shift, I had to finish it. Cut to the end of shift & the patient hasn't finished all four bags. So I stayed. The night nurses had attitude with me & were upset as to why I was staying. I told them why & I knew it was something I could hand over to night shift since all they had to do was spike the last bag. I ALSO knew my preceptor wouldn't stay over & finish the last bag. That is the kind of ******** my preceptor did.

    I maybe new to acute care but I'm NOT new to nursing. I have 5 years on her. If she wants to play these petty games, good for her. I'm not gonna stick around for it.
  5. by   Leader25
    get out

  6. by   Daisy4RN
    [QUOTE=OrganizedChaos;9719308The last straw that broke my back. One of my patient's had a critical potassium & had to get 4 bags of IV potassium. Well the pharmacy didn't send it up until after 1200. My preceptor told me that since I started it on my shift, I had to finish it. Cut to the end of shift & the patient hasn't finished all four bags. So I stayed.
    .[/QUOTE]

    I never would have done this, this is ridiculous!!! Next time, nicely ask your preceptor if this OT has been cleared by management. If she says yes I would talk to my manager and find out why this task cannot be passed on to night shift! I have never in 20yrs heard of such a thing.
  7. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from Leader25
    get out

    Lol! I know. I want to at least work a year so it looks good on my resume & I can get my RN.
  8. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from Daisy4RN
    I never would have done this, this is ridiculous!!! Next time, nicely ask your preceptor if this OT has been cleared by management. If she says yes I would talk to my manager and find out why this task cannot be passed on to night shift! I have never in 20yrs heard of such a thing.
    Yeah, I haven't heard of that either. I knew she was making ******** up. It blew my mind! It wasn't my fault the potassium didn't get started earlier & even if it was it still wouldn't be a reason for me to stay after my shift!
  9. by   TakuRN
    Sockwell socks and Sketchers Go Walks. I best combo EVER. I cannot wear any other type of shoe (mine have the "goga" mat material as the insoles).
  10. by   Have Nurse
    Perhaps it's a good idea to let yourself rest and re-group. You need to take care of yourself first. Perhaps Home Health? You can drive, sit when you get there. You have less patients and most HH clients are grateful. Just a thought....
  11. by   Workitinurfava
    Try these shoes. These shoes provide toe splay and the traction is also great. I don't wear any other kind of shoe at work except these. I bought the shoes for 150 dollars. The moon bounce shoes, just kidding about the name.

    Altra Running Shoes - Zero Limits | Altra Running Footwear
  12. by   Workitinurfava
    Nursing is a 24 hour operation. You are going to burn yourself out fast. Don't work like you are working, staying late for something that can be passed on, because it will eventually catch up to you if you keep doing this stuff. Nursing is not a race, it is a marathon. Think self preservation.
  13. by   calivianya
    Haven't been here in forever - glad to see you landed a job! Sorry it sucks, though.

    Can't really advise about the knee pain beyond what everyone else has been saying (Danskos and Sockwells are my jam), but I wanted to say I feel like most acute care jobs are crap until the unit is done "breaking you in," "hazing," whatever you want to call it. The only reason I stayed at my current job past the three month mark is I'd worked at my first job less than a year, and I felt like I'd get labeled a job hopper if I left my new one after three months.

    If I was staying in nursing, I'd hit my four year mark on that unit this August. Things tend to get a whole lot better if you can stick a year out... around then, people start realizing you're serious and stop being evil just because you're new. That's just my personal experience.

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