I am a new nurse working 3-11 on a unit where I generally have 30-60 residents depending on the night. Multiple tube feeders, diabetics, coumadins..you know the whole shabang. I have got my routine down and get through it on the nights I have 60 residents..and have perfected the nights I have 30. Stressful, overwhelming but it gets done...unless someone gets a skin tear or a fall...then goes out the window.
The biggest problem I have is aides. Some really great ones, but the few are making my nights horrible. I want shower sheets before 10:30 pm with abnormals, so I'm not stuck doing assessments and IR past when I should be leaving. Vitals by 8pm, and for god sake...TURN THOSE BEDFAST residents every 2 hours. The eye rolling, huffing, smart little comments......breaking me down.
I can take the crazy busy nights, things going to hell in a hand basket...I got the focus for that....but I can't keep up with aides that just don't want to do their job, or want to half a** it( excuse my language but no other way to put it). What makes it hard is that the other nurse has been on the floor for 3 years and basically has let the aides run the floor and acts like they are all "bff's". So I'm the new girl coming in expecting them to do their job, and I'm the big bad nurse.
Tonight, I spent more time answering call lights, turning residents, toileting, changing linens because of vomiting from the stomach bug....and I didn't get to pee at ALL, no break...but had to hear an aide tell me "im resting my feet" when I asked her to grab a snack for someone. And of course, I stayed 2 hours after shift to finish charting. Do you think a single aide was there that late? nope.
I'm emotionally wearing down.....then our DON's tell us to write them up...that these things need to change..aides should not be running the floors like they do. But so difficult writing up an aide, cause for the rest of night...they make it miserable because they all got each others back...so is it worth it dealing with 5 attitudes now? half a year in and I'm burnt out. And I worry about keep going to the DON's about it because I fear they would look down on me because I can't deal with the aides. They are great DON's though, have complimented on me on doing a such a great job and they are happy to have me at their facility.
How do I survive this? This the LPN field, LTC and since I don't have experience yet this is really my only option.