What I miss/don't miss about my previous nursing position - page 2

I saw where someone posted "now that's one thing I don't miss about LTC!" And I thought, hmm, we will more often say what we don't like about CURRENT jobs, but not say so much about our PREVIOUS... Read More

  1. by   Tweety
    I was a charge nurse and took a .50 pay cut to become a floor nurse again. I don't miss having to delegate to a busy stressed out nurse and the sometimes disrespectful responses I would get, when a simple "no...I can't handle that admission right now" would have sufficed. I disliked having to discipline and "counsel" lazy people (there were only a couple, not many). I disliked having to answer to the higher ups about decisions I made in the middle of the night and having them play armchair quarterback the next day.

    I didn't quit the facility. I just switched roles and departments.
  2. by   CaLLaCoDe
    I don't miss smelling like pseudomonas and wanting to burn my uniform when I arrive home
    I don't miss breaking my back cleaning people up left and write
    I don't miss uppity ICU nurses who think they're the cat's meow and never say Hi! :-(
    I don't miss being told I'm doing hardly anything by management who hears what I do from others but doesn't see my honest effort herself!
    I don't miss code browns x 8 during a shift
    I don't miss staff refering to my work as only having to do with Pooh!

    PS. And now I treat my CNAs as I would have been liked to have been treated as part of the team OK!
    And I chose not to work ICU.
  3. by   mercyteapot
    I'm not sure that there's anything I miss. Of course, my last nursing job was in 1991, so I'm probably not the best person to ask, lol.
    Last edit by mercyteapot on Jan 13, '07
  4. by   DarciaMoonz
    My last job was a CNA Position.

    I don't miss having a nurse who did more socializing with friends, when she should have been giving patients there meds, and calling the doctor when something changed in the patients condition, so they could get proper medical attention

    I don't miss going into work praying that we had enough staff to care for the residents

    I don't miss working in the summer in a facility that had very little to NO air conditioning

    I don't miss doing patient care on my patients and some of my coworkers who didn't care if the people were soaked in urine that basically ran off of the bed.

    I don't miss not having enough supplies to bathe patients, not having enough incontinence diapers, and not having enough PPE for people who were on precautions.

    I DEFINITELY don't miss working 3-11P

    I do miss the people I have taken care of ALOT. It was wonderful listening to them talk about where they came from, how they have watched the changes made to the neighborhood over the years, and how much knowledge they have. I know when I get finished with school, I may not be able to spend as much time as I would like with them, but I will make the effort to listen. Even though they may be ill, people are still people and should be treated with respect, and dignity just as we would like to be.
  5. by   Brita01
    My last job was as a private duty nurse.
    I don't miss having to work the night shift ALL the time. I don't miss not having someone to cover my shift when I needed to call in sick. I don't miss not being able to make any money whenever my patient had to be admitted to the hospital. I don't miss having to pay for my own health insurance with lousy benefits because the agency didn't offer any.
    I miss hands on nursing care. I miss my patient's kind and loving family. I miss my patient who is now with the angels. :angel2:
  6. by   angel337
    i don't miss not getting a lunch break

    i don't miss working understaffed

    i don't miss the horrible benefits

    my current job is a 360 degree turn from the last one. it made me have faith in the nursing profession again.
  7. by   cowpoke_rn
    med/surg previously....I don't miss
    1 doing total care all the time because we were ALWAYS short-staffed
    2 I don't miss never getting a meal break or fighting to get one
    3 I don't miss post-op patients who stayed on the call bell because they need some creamer for their coffee
    4 Patient's who won't get OOB, or lift a finger to do anything for that matter, because "it hurts too bad" (like I could just let you lay there and get pneumonia)

    I do miss working with one of the greatest RN's I'll ever know! a true friend who taught me what it's really like to be a nurse
  8. by   rnin02
    I used to be in Tele...I don't miss the detox patients, the chronic frequent flyer patients who refused to follow their meds/diets,etc (not couldn't mind you, wouldn't), the total care patients when your short staffed. The nights being charge and trying to keep everything going smoothly, I swear sometimes people hate to make a decision on their own, or think for themselves sometimes! I don't miss trying to solve staffing and scheduling issues. I do miss the people I worked with, for the most part. And I miss some of the challenging patients that made you learn new things.
  9. by   rn/writer
    I used to work acute child and adolescent psych. I don't miss getting a troubled kiddo somewhat back on track, only to have to send him back to his chaotic family who, based on the history that led them to our facility in the first place, would more than likely not follow through on long-term treatment recommendations.

    Most of the kids came to us because they were acting out their frustration/anger/fear over the instability and poor choices of the adults in their lives. Many of the parents loved their kids in an emotional sense, but not in the practical ways that make a child feel safe and secure.

    The only thing that kept me from lashing out at some of them was realizing that they were once kids in the same kind of whacked-out environment. They were only doing what they had seen and been taught by example.

    The depressing part was coming to the realization that if I hung around long enough, I'd probably see my current crop of kids returning as the parents of a new generation of messed up children.

    I sometimes miss the kids. They had rough edges, but most had some inner sparkle left, and there were a few who really had potential, if they could just survive their current circumstances.

    I don't miss the sadness and sense of futility at all.
    Last edit by rn/writer on Jan 13, '07
  10. by   allantiques4me
    I certainly miss the patients and learning experience from my old job I also miss being a size 2 from running like crazy and not having time to take lunch at my old job.But I dont miss running like crazy and not having lunch because the stress was unbearableat times.I do miss the socialization at my old job,but I dont miss the in-your-face families that at times were down right suffocating.
  11. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from Tweety
    I was a charge nurse and took a .50 pay cut to become a floor nurse again. I don't miss having to delegate to a busy stressed out nurse and the sometimes disrespectful responses I would get, when a simple "no...I can't handle that admission right now" would have sufficed. I disliked having to discipline and "counsel" lazy people (there were only a couple, not many). I disliked having to answer to the higher ups about decisions I made in the middle of the night and having them play armchair quarterback the next day.

    I didn't quit the facility. I just switched roles and departments.
    You did all that for .50 an hour?? man... it sounds like you made a smart move!
  12. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from TeleRNer
    ... And now I treat my CNAs as I would have been liked to have been treated as part of the team...
    That's wonderful!
  13. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from mercyteapot
    I'm not sure that there's anything I miss. Of course, my last nursing job was in 1991, so I'm probably not the best person to ask, lol.
    (Put down the ducky ... lol)

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