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Wish I had a solution for your woes with your DON...I agree that I hope you can get the heck out of there fast.
As far as coming back home to the dark side, have you tried psych nursing via agency/registry? Agencies that handle psych are out there--I was recruited by one who saw my resume in indeed.com and I'm now happily working for them. Search around and see what you can find: you have nothing to lose.
Actually, I do currently work for a state facility, via an agency. For a good while, that was all I was doing, but the facility is now fully staffed and so they just don't need us agency folk as much. Hence, had to go ahead and find a new job.
Thanks for your replies. The cart stocking and cleaning is something I don't HAVE to do... actually let me take that back; us 11-7 nurses ARE given a CLEANING LIST. Every night we are supposed to clean something different. I've pretty much ignored it; I wipe the tops of the med carts real nice and that's about it. I know how busy the 7-3 nurses are, so I do try to have their carts stocked.
The filing... yes I've been told by a couple of nurses that we are supposed to be filing stuff. When we change over the mars at the end of the month, we are supposed to, in the subsequent days, file the old ones. TARS too. At another LTC that I worked at, the Unit Coordinator did the filing. And called the MD's during the days, and took off orders, and many other things. Our Unit Manager at my new facility, as far as I can tell, does NONE of that, or very little. I really don't know WHAT she does, other than go to morning meeting, write down a bunch of things to follow up on, and then gives that to the unit nurses to take care of. I think she also does like, monthly skin audits or something like that. I really couldn't tell you what else she does. I do know that the other day she dropped a resident onto the commode, he bruised his back, and she didn't report it. THe day shift nurse for that hall reported it the next day, and the manager got peeved about it.
But that's neither here nor there; other than not helping out where she's probably supposed to, the poor staffing is not her fault. I don't know who's fault it is; I assume corporate.
*sigh* this job pays well, but it's not worth it I don't think. I'm looking for something else.