I've been a nurse for 9 months now, working on a busy surgical floor. I can't seem to get my mojo flowing.
Have tried several ways to plan my days and get work done. Problem is - we've got patients coming and going all day long. No sooner do I get started in one room, I get a page that Mrs. so&so needs pain meds. OK, I'll get to her in just a second. Now I understand that times are tough and hospitals are competing for patients like crazy. I do want to keep my job and I'm glad to have it. But...not only do our staff supervisors make rounds and tell patients that if they don't receive their pain meds within 10 minutes of asking that they should call the charge nurse, but now hospital administrators are making rounds on all floors and giving the patients the opportunity to "tell us what we can do to make your stay here more comfortable". I am busting my butt to try to keep up with 5-7 post-op patients. We get them straight from PACU - still drowsy, in pain, vomiting, confused, VS q 30 minutes...I'm so frustrated!
What can I do to make my shift go smoother and leave at a decent time at the end of my shift. (I work days, BTW) Need encouragement and advice from all you experienced nurses out there.