What makes nursing stressful for you? - page 3

The "least stressful unit" got me to thinking, which is, as most people who know me would say, a very dangerous thing. Anyhoo, for me, it's paperwork. While I'm a work, I keep thinking, "I need to chart!", "I need to fill out... Read More

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    -having to search for things to do my job (the med isn't here- gotta call pharmacy, have to search the unit for the vital signs machine)
    -different disciplines adding work for nursing (nursing now has to pass out boost drinks with medpass, oh now you have to weigh all the pts getting the boost weekly to see if its working etc etc)
    -demanding family members who want all things NOW
    -being expected to deal with non-nursing tasks (my tv isn`t working, I don`t like the food)
    the list goes on and on
    al586, Tarabara, anotherone, and 6 others like this.

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    Quote from sbostonRN
    Constantly fearing that I'm going to get in trouble for something I didn't know was the wrong thing to do (or the wrong way to do it). I fear that I'm going to make a med error or forget to do something, or that someone is going to go downhill and I won't know what to do.
    Omg! This is me to a t! But I reassure myself that I'm doing the best I can and know how to.
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    The possibility of forgetting to document something that will bite me on the butt makes me a bit uneasy. This job would be so much easier if there wasn't such a huge focus on CYA/make-some-regulatory-organization-happy documentation.

    Having to have an order for every stupid little anything that common sense should dictate.

    Having to not say what I really want to when dealing with stupid, lazy, and rude people.
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    Quote from sbostonRN
    Constantly fearing that I'm going to get in trouble for something I didn't know was the wrong thing to do (or the wrong way to do it). I fear that I'm going to make a med error or forget to do something, or that someone is going to go downhill and I won't know what to do.
    This. I work in LTC, and it's like... you can have the WORLD'S best intentions when you work in LTC, and still somehow majorly screw up something. It's like a big game of luck.
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    It's 20 minutes before the end of the 12 hour shift and just when I think I am going to leave on time (for once), my patient falls, or has a grand mal seizure, or I get a direct admit (and wasn't told I was getting one. Thanks ), or my patient comes back from GI/Cath lab and the patient's family wants to ask a bunch of questions. Also, not EVER having enough time to get things done and feeling behind and trying to beat the clock for twelve hours. Well, now I work at an ambulatory surgery center and I have one patient at a time. Walkie talkies. Stress is all gone.
    turnforthenurseRN, Lil'mama, Anne36, and 2 others like this.
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    the fact that customer service will be the focus , and that the nurse is the one, since they are with the pt for 24 hours a day in the hospital, who will be blamed for everything gone wrong. food sucks, doc wont give pain meds, i want to go out and smoke. etc etc. I fear for my job( although that could be a blessing in disguise) as mgmt will just can anyone who doesnt meet customer service standards- ie they wont be getting paid. with the surplus of RN's , it could be years before they run through everyone.They have nothing to lose by canning people for the smallest infraction. Experience will mean nothing.Just a warm body who supplies customer service- a medical waitress/waiter.
    ughhhh.
    mystory, anotherone, IowaKaren, and 1 other like this.
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    other nurses...lol ok I'm not a nurse, but that's what i been told.
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    Quote from onthejourney
    -having to search for things to do my job (the med isn't here- gotta call pharmacy, have to search the unit for the vital signs machine)
    -different disciplines adding work for nursing (nursing now has to pass out boost drinks with medpass, oh now you have to weigh all the pts getting the boost weekly to see if its working etc etc)
    -demanding family members who want all things NOW
    -being expected to deal with non-nursing tasks (my tv isn`t working, I don`t like the food)
    the list goes on and on
    My thoughts exactly!

    Also, lack of managerial support is a big one. I feel as if my management team works against us rather than with us.
    nrsang97 likes this.
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    Quote from man-nurse2b
    other nurses...lol ok I'm not a nurse, but that's what i been told.
    Well, thing is, there can be a lot of truth in that. Seems to me there is a number of people with issues and insecurity that go into the field--and it has helped to lead to a lot of disunity IMHO. But I think, regardless of the women's movement, women often feel insecure and somehow "less than." They spend so much time comparing themselves to others and trying to get attention. It's like women have been objectified for so long, they can't help but fall prey to the stupid thinking--it starts early you know. Just ask Honey Boo-Boo. LOL. Wow. What a nightmare.

    I see the backstabbing and catty, insecure crap, and I want to do the whole Cher seen from Moonstruck. You know, *slap* "Snap out of it." Oh, if were that easy; but people are complicated, and well, since nurses are people . . .

    Nurses need to really learn what it means to love themselves in the right way, so that they are then open to love others in the right way. I think as a whole, when women are able to do this, that's when they shine, b/c there is that core nurturing thing in many women. It just gets squelched by society, others, including men, and pop culture.

    Rise above it ladies. We need each other already.
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    Entitlement actually. When I was interrupted by a patient's mother while I was doing chest compressions on another patient asking for a copy of her son's lab results. The whole room turned around to look at her. Thank goodness the ICU doc kicked her out of the room.

    So of course she calls the Nurse Sup and I have to actually explain why I didn't cater to her needs. Of course the mother neglected to tell the Nurse Sup she interrupted a code. And the real reason that mean doctor yelled at her.

    Or a patient's daughter asking me to call the doctor for her father's roommate to get the roommate discharged because his tv is too loud and he snores. The floor was bursting at the seams so her dad couldn't have a private room. I gave the roommate headphones for his tv. And she even followed up with me to see if I could do her this favor to get the other patient discharged. The other patient was sicker than her father.

    So do I save someone's life or please family? It makes for a stressful day. Do I give Nitro to a patient having chest pain or do I take on a waitress role and go get sodas for a patient's niece and nephew? And yes this is an actual example that happened to me.

    I'm so glad I'm going back to school.


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