Tired of it all - page 3

by DSkelton711

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I am just so tired of being a nurse. I feel like I am running on fumes trying to take care of everyone and everything, and it seems nothing ever goes right. I am done, cooked and ready to do something else. Does anyone else... Read More


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    Quote from LilgirlRN
    I feel your pain. I too am 52. Nurse for 25 years. ED is my specialty. I haven't worked as a nurse in 7 months but I have an interview tomorrow afternoon for an ED position. It really makes me wanna cringe. I got canned 7 months ago over something trivial, something that should have never cost me my job. I had some money saved so I thought I will take some time , do some soul searching and see what I really wanna do with my life. Only thing is my bills don't care if I feel lost in this new, stupid tedium of never ending patients seen in the ED for NUTHIN! Seriously I've seen people come by ambulance because they had a cold, told they have to wait, go out the front door, go across the street and call 911 again to be taken somewhere else. Our tax dollars at work! Not only do we have to care for the patient now we have to feed everyone, get them coffee, say the magic words "I'm here for you" when I'm really thinking get up and get out of here, I'm sicker than you are. Saw a thing on facebook recently, shows a man in a gown with his IV pole and a nurse standing beside him and the caption reads "I see you're here again for acute hypodilaudidism" Yep I'm burned slap up even after an almost 8 month hiatus but I gotta pay bills and have health insurance.
    When you're right, you're right!!!

    OMG, "hypodilaudidism"!

    I cannot tell you the ridiculous amts of narcotics I spend the great majority of my day pushing.TO PEOPLE WHO CLEARLY sDO NOT NEED IT. Once all the tests are run and the docs can find NOTHING wrong with them, theyare discharged. But this is after 3 or 4 days of IV pushes q 2 hr for mysterious pain, nausea, anxiety, and itching. And they frequently try to find reasons to leave the floor to...smoke!

    I just returned to nursing after a 12 yr hiatus, and this is one of the most disturbing things I've seen...the increase in drug seekers, and how they are catered to, and how they DEMAND to be to catered to.


    "Get up and get out of here, I'm sicker than you are". I HAD THAT SAME THOUGHT THIS WEEK, when I came to work after eating some spoiled dressing at a restaurant and vomited several times before my shift.

    I had a patient who claimed to be in 10/10 pain and nauseated, eating bar b que and recieving Dilaudid, ask me if she could leave the floor to smoke! I wanted to choke her! I WAS NAUSEATED! COULDN'T EVEN EAT LUNCH!

    I have seen a couple of these pts discharged with psychiatric consults.

    There has to be a better way. Narcotics are given way too freely and indiscriminately, and these pts know how to work the system. While our time is taken away from pts who need and deserve it.What a waste of resources.
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    It happened with the housing market, and I feel healthcare's day of reckoning is coming soon. Things can only go the way they are for so long, and I have no idea what to expect when the dust settles- till then don't let 'em get you too down.
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    Hospice is not a low key nursing position, just ask any hospice case manager. It is unlike bedside nursing, but just as stressful. I went to hospice thinking it was low key, but found out pretty quickly that it is trading one type of stress for another. Nursing is difficult with any position you choose. Am I happy I chose Hospice? Yes, one of the reasons being the typical age group is that of 80 and 90 y/o's and they are not typically drug seekers or whiners.

    Just my 2 cents
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    Two Words: Customer Service
    Two Words: Nursing Service

    It's when they chose the first two words, over the second. They went for patient happiness over patient outcomes.

    What do we give them at discharge? Teaching, beg them to do accu-cheks, follow that fluid restriction, and don't stop at Churches Chicken right after dialysis,...

    like last time!

    The hospital gives them a "Satisfaction" Questionnaire. It's so hard to make you like me when I am giving you an enema, or taking that cheeseburger from you that your wife snuck in(because you guilt tripped her), or I wouldn't let you go smoke because your oxygen is 90% at rest, and you pulled my hamstring on the way back from the BSC- trust me, cut back!

    ...oh, and will you fill this form out on my performance and your overall thoughts on the Holiday inn,...... I mean the hospital!! Your concierge,... I mean your patient advocate will pick it up
    Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Nov 28, '12
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    I'm right there with alot of you. 56 y/o old, RN for 35 yrs. I have a diploma in nsg and do not plan to go back to school at this point in my life. I work 2 - 12 hr shifts per week and that is what I can handle. Some days are better than others. What I seem to find, is there isn't the accountability or ownership of pt care that existed when we all worked 8 hr shifts. Then you would have the same pts 3 or 4 days in a row. Now you have the pt one day and may never see them again. So what if I don't change the IV site, some one else will. So what if I don't get these meds renewed, someone else will. I seem to pick up many pieces when I am working. I catch those littlel things that get over looked by others. One of the biggest changes and the one that I have the hardest time with is all the hosptial scores. It is like schools teaching for tests. We need to prep our pts to say that we give excellant care or always do this or that. A wise nsg administrator once told us that the 80's and 90's were the glory days and someday we would look back and long for those days. A PS for someone that commented that hospice could be low key. I worked for a hospice group for 18 mos. Between call, going to unsafe area- gunfire, drive by shootings and many miles per day, it was a hard job. I was left to hang out and dry when a family complained. Thought it would be my job for the rest of my life. Wrong. Back to med surg and just hanging in there as best I can.
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    I think Nursing Elders (meant with total respect as in "Seniority") ought to be given the position of higher respect during a shift, than "just one of the players on a team. Think about, every other Profession gets better with time, Educators have Tenure, Law and Military have ranks, Even the Post Office treats their Elder Employees with status for time spent with the USPS!

    Please don't misrepresent what I am saying when I say I don't expect a 55 year old women to be able to lift a 200lb patient off the floor, or restrain a 6ft combative patient (though there are 60somethings working circles around me.) What they offer is soooooo much more than braun! Things that scare me on a EKG, they have dreamed about more times than I have seen it, many more could have auscultated the ar/dys-rhytmias!! It just doesn't seem fair to expect them to do the same when they could offer much more valuable things to the incoming and younger nurses.

    They have put in their time in the trenches, most sacrificing their good backs, knees, and posture in the mix. Where is their real tangible reward for all that work, all those years of advancing technology they kept up with, they ushered in the computer to healthcare that was waiting on us, better equipment, and don't even get me started on what I've learned they put up with- so we wouldn't have to.

    If their only reward is trying to keep up with the influx of 20somethings willing to take any opening out there, and returning salaries to base, higher ratios, and longer workdays plus Overtime Requirements without the stature, tenure, and respect they so honestly deserve- what have we to look forward too? What will our post look like in 20 more years?

    So, I know it's really lousy, and worth truly nothing- but thank you from the bottom of my heart. Everything I love about my job, RN being part of my "Identity," and the modest paycheck is all you guys!! It really ought to be different!!!

    Also, for all the "Nurses eat their young," I have yet to come across a post stating, "Nursing throws their Elders under the bus," That says something about your character, strength, and poise.

    I am totally unworthy, but I "know" that. I hope one day to aspire to your value, knowledge base, and maybe if I'm lucky even join the "Crusty Bat Society," or the "Upper Crust" may be a better name
    Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Nov 28, '12
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    Oh, my fellow colleagues - I feel your pain. I have been a nurse for 40 years, 38 of those years in the operating room. I know the feeling of one step forward, three steps backward when trying to deliver quality care in a compassionate and caring manner. You are right that the times are changing and to quote some smart person: "the only thing constant in life is change". If you are truly still interested in nursing, try reinventing yourself. Do you like the personal, one on one approach to patients? Try Home Health nursing - you can sign up with an agency and get paid per case - I tried this and loved it but needed to do alot of reading to catch up on my clinical skills but found it rewarding. Do you like to teach? Just this past year, a periop educator position opened up in my hospital and after 38 years as a team leader in an OR @ the ripe old age of 62, I took the position - so far, so good. If you like to teach but want to stay clinical, try looking into the many LPN/LVN schools that are popping up all over. The bottom line is not to get tied up in the minutiae - recognize that we can't change many things in healthcare but we can change our outlook, our attitude and how we react to situations - takes a lot of work and sometimes you have to leave your old thoughts behind in order to put yourself in a better place mentally. In the words of Dr. Phil - ask yourself "how's that working for me?". If it's not, don't be a victim - life is too short to be consumed by your job. Good luck!
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    I soooo understand. I've been an RN for 35 years and I can attest that hospital nursing is not the same as it used to be. There was a day when I could actually sit down and talk with a patient, give them a back rub, and calm their fears before they were rushed to surgery. I gave up hospital nursing 5 years ago and went into school nursing. I can't even describe the relief I feel! School nursing has its own issues--mainly, that you're working with people who have no idea what you do but they think they can do it better than you. My pay isn't great, but my stress level is at an all time low. No call, no nights or holidays. I get lunch every day and I clock out at 2:30 and hang up the keys. I plan to retire in about 6 years, so I have no use for an advanced degree.



    I'm 56 yrs old and I will NEVER go back to the hospital. If I have to work at the grocery store and live in an RV! Recently I did a little teaching for a non-profit agency who needed some caregiver education for a boy with severe developmental disabilities. They liked it so much, they offered me a part-time job! I will be auditing charts, doing some teaching, and generally doing nursing oversight for their dependent clients and I couldn't be more thrilled. No uniforms, work from home, occasional travel to other parts of the state. Paid what I'm work, mileage paid every time I step out my front door to go to work. What's not to like?!
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    I typed up a post for this thread but I think I deleted it before it was posted. To the op and many others on this thread WORKING IN NURSING FOR 20+ years. Running on fumes after almost 30 years??? OMG am I impressed. Seriously. Two years in and sometimes I wonder how much longer I can do it! Very inspiring that there are people who have done it so long.
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    Quote from anotherone
    I typed up a post for this thread but I think I deleted it before it was posted. To the op and many others on this thread WORKING IN NURSING FOR 20+ years. Running on fumes after almost 30 years??? OMG am I impressed. Seriously. Two years in and sometimes I wonder how much longer I can do it! Very inspiring that there are people who have done it so long.
    You have to remember nursing was a lot different back then. I've been in healthcare for 11 years and have seen changes. Drastic changes actually.
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