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Well lets see, where to begin? How about being physically attacked by patients, I have been hit, bitten, which led to a series of HIV tests, pinched, punched, hair pulled, almost knocked out when a patient clocked me with his cast, spit at, vomited on, **** on, peed on, and both have been thrown at me, had my belongings stolen, including my lunch out of staff fridge. Have had my uniforms ripped and my eyeglasses broken. Attempts by management to bully, yelled at by far too many people to mention, dealing with drunk and disorderly, mentally unstable family members, finding patients passed out with needles sticking out of them from where they had just shot up with stolen hospital supplies.
That's just skimming the surface.
I ditto being blamed for everything. I guess its because we are on the front line. We are supposed to check everything and catch mistakes made by everyone else including doctors and pharmacy. Being a waitress was the one that annoyed me the most. Not so much for the patients but for the patients family. Looking for items that should be stocked and always looking for IVACS. Time wasted to say the least. Rounding logs and scripted introductions were the best. Let us be nurses! But despite being hit, spit on, cursed at and all the other stuff that comes along with being a nurse, I LOVE being a nurse. There are moments I will never forget that have touched my heart and made it all worth it.
Not to mention running all day on your feet with hardly any time to document, pee or eat. MARYRN2009, yes, why do we do it? I didn't know what I was getting into, probably because I bought into the wonderful "make a difference for good pay" dream, maybe my preceptor was too busy to tell me the real deal while I just saw what I wanted to see, and my school wanted to keep my money and the industry wants more RN's in order to lower the wages. It really is seen as all the nurses fault when you find out how many responsibilities they place on you in order to lower the liability to the MD. I'm responsible for what the tech doesn't do right and what the dr may do wrong. Too much liability and stress. What will change this? Not sure except to take unionizing seriously and make change there if needed. I Love taking care of my patients but everything else seems to be ssssooooooo stressful. Not having the support WHEN i need it, too many patients in general with no time for them or to critically think and do at the same time. I work bedside hospital and want to get out. It is taking a toll on me mentally and physically. The RN's who seem to excel are those who don't really care and coast or are really good at hiding the stress.
I agree I did not know either. Schools put it so perfect that when you get to the real world you get dissapointed it happened to me too. I understand exactly what you are going through, I know is very stressful. The only solution I see is getting out of it completly or getting more education.
Just when you think you can't possibly handle one more piece of paperwork..here comes a new policy and guess what...it's the nurses responsibility to do the work. Management will always dump more on the nurse as far as work but will always work you short and then preach about the budget when you have to stay late to finish. You get abused by docs, pts, families, management and then they can't figure out why you won't come in on your day off. Getting mandated is a special treat as well!