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    Ortho/ Rehab lots of heavy lifing also heart breaking for patients with pathological fractures.
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    Quote from firstyearstudent
    Heh heh. I've only been a nurse for three years. This is my first and only job and it's pretty good. Just looking for reasons to count my blessings...
    I've only had my current job in a med-surg ICU and it's great. Great management, great co-workers, some great patients. Compared to all the misery I read about on this site, I consider myself very lucky!
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    There are a couple of reasons why I want to get out of bedside nursing, despite having a relatively cushy job (I'm on BMT and our population is mostly independent and our ratio is 1:3).

    I'm in my 40s and already feeling like I might not be able to do this when I'm 60 and there is no way in heck I'm going to be able to retire at that age.

    Salary ceiling.

    Fear of making a stupid mistake and being fired. (Someone on our unit gave a patient the wrong chemo -- terminated!).

    The constantly sacrificing. (Holding my bowels for hours, not getting a break to eat, etc. Why is this considered okay?)

    The lack of respect from administration, other healthcare workers, patients, doctors, the public.

    I have a BA and an ADN and the work required to get a master's degree in nursing just sounds like too much. I'm thinking it would be easier to get a master's degree in public health. Then maybe I could do something like diabetes education.
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    "I really hate to be a party pooper, but can we start off the new year on a positive note. How about "Best Nursing Job You Ever Had?" "
    - Why not start a new thread for this. I believe this one is meant for those of us that want to vent. After all, that is what this site is all about, having discussions, whether they be positive or negative.
    Hoozdo likes this.
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    The worst job I have ever had was in Neurological Rehab. There should have been another nurse on the unit. 60 patients were split between two nurses. I had 9 diabetics and 4 tube feeds on my side. Half of them were disoriented so I usually wound up doing incident reports about every other day. We had to provide our own B/P cuff, thermometers, O2 monitors, and sanitizing wipes. The administrators knew it was crappy but as it was explained to me, "that's just the way things are". Oh, and another thing that I thought was weird when I worked there, we had no computers, what is this the 1970's?
    sistrmoon likes this.
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    My current job-- I love it now, but when I first started it was very very hard to see sick and dying and injured and abused kids. Well, it's still hard. But I cope better now.
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    An LTACH. The staffing was downright dangerous. We have often only 1 RN working. We were expected to run our own codes, but we were lucky to have one staff memeber ACLS certified. We could NEVER get ahold of the physicians covering for patients so if someone coded you were S.O.L and on your own. I quit the day after a patient died who shouldn't have and they asked someone to change their documentation to cover things up. F-that. Come to find out they are being investigated for medicare/medicaid fraud. I saw some of the most amazing and complicated patients, but just couldn't deal with the nonsense.
    Here.I.Stand and Nola009 like this.
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    a couple of years ago I would have said LTC, but that was before I worked as a dialysis nurse for one of the "Big Two" dialysis corporations. Working in the chronic unit is basically an assembly line, cattle call, whatever you want to call it. Get 'em in, get 'em out, money, money, money! Mr. Smith's cab picked him up 45 min. late through no fault of his own, causing him to arrive 45 min. late for his 3 1/2 hour treatment that he needs every minute of to be at his optimal health? Tough. Cut his treatment 45 min., there's someone else's name on that chair after him and we have to keep it rolling. Get 'em in, get 'em out, move 'em, move 'em, add more patients, because more patients = more money!

    But hey, if you get tired of this assembly line approach to patient care, you can always try doing acute dialysis treatments in hospitals. You will never know when you go in in the morning what time you are going home, and you will probably be on call for the entire 24 hr. period, meaning that you could be expected to work 24 hrs. straight if there are patients to run. That's a great job if you want to have absolutely no life whatsoever outside of work and enjoy working so fatigued that you can hardly keep your eyes open.
    Marisette likes this.
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    LTC- not in general, but a specific one. I worked two shifts before calling the DON and saying I was not coming back. I felt in danger from both the residents and the staff. Many of the residents were psych and although they had a lockdown unit, there were some patients who weren't on it. Literally listened to the staff discussing parking lot beatings, sex at the facility, and other criminal activity. Had to report a PCT for abuse. NO REGRETS leaving that situation.
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    It would have to be a draw between my very first job at a LTC where I had to take 8 residents as a CNA along with my charge nurse/med nurse duties, and the assisted living facility whose administrator wrote the book on passive-aggressive behavior. I lasted approximately 3 months at both, and got the heck out of Dodge at the first opportunity. Ain't nobody got time for that!


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