Whats to Enjoy about Nursing? - page 5

I'm a student and have been reading up on some of these forums and many, many nurses would leave their jobs if they didn't need the money. Everyone continually talks about how stressful their jobs... Read More

  1. by   AfloydRN
    The problem is staffing. We always complain to our nurse manager, who is loved because shes always under budget, and we are ignored. Many people have quit, but I don't feel that is the solution. I want to do the best job for my patients but sometimes feel it is impossible. Our na's do not do blood sugars or do v/s. That would be a huge timesaver for our nurses- especially on hourly pressures, blood sugars, etc. It's frustrating that good nurses leave and the problem still remains.
  2. by   Ann RN
    Quote from AfloydRN
    The problem is staffing. We always complain to our nurse manager, who is loved because shes always under budget, and we are ignored. Many people have quit, but I don't feel that is the solution. I want to do the best job for my patients but sometimes feel it is impossible. Our na's do not do blood sugars or do v/s. That would be a huge timesaver for our nurses- especially on hourly pressures, blood sugars, etc. It's frustrating that good nurses leave and the problem still remains.
    What type of unit do you work on? What is your ratio?
  3. by   AfloydRN
    Currently, cardiac. We can have as many as 7-8- depending on staffing. We have at least 2 patients going to CVL- which means sheath pulls, ekg's, post op v/s etc... At least 2 patients go home, which means admissions. Some days it's hard to get it all done. I usually leave feeling exhausted and think I forgot something. Oh, usually titrating cardizem, dopamine, levophed, nitro etc...
  4. by   Ann RN
    This sounds like a tele floor. You should not be titrating drips on a tele floor - this really is unsafe. If this is a tele floor & you're expected to do all that, something's wrong. Titrating vasoactive drips with a patient load of 7-8 is a disaster waiting to happen. What is the policy for VS when on these drips?
  5. by   AfloydRN
    We do titrate drips, pull sheaths, get post op cardiac surgeries, etc... It's crazy busy and we chase our tails all day, every day. I asked one of the RN's who has been there over 20 years if it gets better and was told NO. I told her I sometimes go home and feel like things were not all done and she laughed and said that never changes. We take B/P's every hour.
  6. by   Ann RN
    Is this a tele floor or an ICU? What is the nurse/patient ratio?
    Last edit by Ann RN on Feb 3, '07 : Reason: typo
  7. by   AfloydRN
    We are technically considered an ICU step- down. The staffing varies and we take anywhere from 5- on a good day- to 7 on a terrible day.
  8. by   arizonanurse
    Quote from Tweety
    Most of us aren't that miserable that we forget why we are nurses. There are many things I'm unhappy with: the stress, the ratios, family drama, etc. and I come here and say so.

    However, I enjoy the science, the challenge of helping people become well again, educating the next generation of nurses, learning new things, the hours, the pay, the benefits, the job security.

    So if I come here and vent sometimes, please don't tell me "if you're so unhappy why don't you quit."

    Thanks for listening.
    :yeahthat:

    There's something about being on the front lines of health care delivery that is just plain cool. It's neat to have the knowledge to cure people.

    Also, it's pretty cool to be able to drive home at the end of your shift and know that you saved a life that day. There's nothing quite like it. And there's also nothing quite like a patient saying "I'm so glad you're on again today, I can tell you really love your patients."

    But in all fairness, I have to add that there are many times when I wonder, if I had known what nursing was really like, would I ever have gone to nursing school? Right now, I'd say yes in a heartbeat. Ask me after my third twelve in a row and you may get a different answer
  9. by   dazey71
    I have my days like anyone else, but all in all I'm pretty happy with my job. I love my coworkers, and I love that if I get bored in one area, I can move.
  10. by   ahsitters
    Maybe its the way fate works but on the few days that I have rolled out of bed dreading the shift ahead of me They have actually been the best days of my career at the end of my shift.

    Even tonight when my palliative pts family said they were happy to see me because they knew I would take good care of her if they went home to sleep.

    My patient and their families putting their trust in me when they are scared and worried makes this career worth every bad day i've had.

    some days you love it some days you hate but i have 10 love days to every hate day.
  11. by   blueyesue
    This thread has really helped put things in perspective. One CAN have a fulfilling career in nursing, and you CAN learn the correct way to handle stress, and you don't have to internalize it and become bitter.

    I see some here when faced with hardships choose to react positively. That is a breath of fresh air. It is contagious. However, the other side can be just as contagious IF one allows it. Which leads to the point that our daily reactions are a choice. If one chooses to look at things negatively, then over time that is what they become. They keep adding up, and they eat away at you.

    So, obviously some need to change the way they see and think. The moment negative feelings or thoughts come in, stop them. It is actually very empowering. Do we allow experiences and moments dictate our thought process, or do we have our thought process under control? One CAN enjoy what they do, and they will get soo much more fulfillment and enjoyment out of life if they talk and think positively. For those who say "It isn't that easy" I say, "Yes it is" You just have to change the negative thought process, and start with the one that makes you say it isn't possible.

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  12. by   Cattitude
    Quote from ejm
    this thread has really helped put things in perspective. one can have a fulfilling career in nursing, and you can learn the correct way to handle stress, and you don't have to internalize it and become bitter.

    i see some here when faced with hardships choose to react positively. that is a breath of fresh air. it is contagious. however, the other side can be just as contagious if one allows it. which leads to the point that our daily reactions are a choice. if one chooses to look at things negatively, then over time that is what they become. they keep adding up, and they eat away at you.

    so, obviously some need to change the way they see and think. the moment negative feelings or thoughts come in, stop them. it is actually very empowering. do we allow experiences and moments dictate our thought process, or do we have our thought process under control? one can enjoy what they do, and they will get soo much more fulfillment and enjoyment out of life if they talk and think positively. for those who say "it isn't that easy" i say, "yes it is" you just have to change the negative thought process, and start with the one that makes you say it isn't possible.

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    a lot of this makes sense. however, many,many nurses are burned out after years and years of being treated unprofessionally. years and years of being abused by unhappy, miserable administrations, doctors, and patients too. it is not so easy at times to put on a "happy face" if you will.
    [color=#483d8b]it bears repeating. nursing is unlike many others professions, once you are working as a nurse for some time, maybe you will empathize a bit more with some of your colleagues. i know as students, you can often have a romanticized view of what nursing should be. i really wish it were as easy as just wanting it to be so. sometimes it's not.. don't think the nurses that are tired and burned out here haven't tried...:stone
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    [color=#483d8b]no one wants to say, "oh i give up,hate nursing,hate everything". most nurses i know that have struggled have tried for a long time to maintain a positive outlook on life. but nurses do a pretty poor job of taking care of themselves and sooner or later it gets to you. again, very few people want to be negative..sometimes leaving nursing, even if only temporarily , is what was needed for them.
    [color=#483d8b]sabbaticals should be mandatory for nursing :d .
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    Last edit by Cattitude on Feb 3, '07
  13. by   AfloydRN
    Amen to casbeezgirlrn. I don't think I could have said it better. Bless you.

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