LTC is getting the best of me! - page 2

i went on vacation and came back with about <10% of my work done by someone else....the rest was waiting for me, plus work becoming due for the current week. plus troubleshooting and wanting to pull... Read More

  1. by   Town & Country
    I will NEVER work in a LTC facility again.
    At this point, I'm not even sure that I'll work in a hospital! LOL
  2. by   night owl
    Retirement is looking more wonderful with each passing day! But with each passing day I wonder how much longer I or rather my legs can hold out. Why is it that all the pt's who need the most attention or the ones who seem to be on the call bell every 20 min are always the last pt in the hallway! No matter what hall I work, it seems that's always the case. I've thought about getting one of those motorized scooters, seriously.
  3. by   rn3504
    I completely understand the frustration of LTC. Tomarrow is my last day working at a LTC facility and I almost want to scream with joy that after tomarrow I don't have to go back :hatparty: The staff that I work with could care less about their work and whether it gets done or not. Everyday that I leave work, I just want to drive my car off a bridge to keep from having to go back. Getting phone calls all hours of the day and night over very unimportant things, I have great respect for those who do LTC and love it but I will never do it again.
  4. by   NursesRmofun
    Quote from Shezam!
    I will NEVER work in a LTC facility again.
    At this point, I'm not even sure that I'll work in a hospital! LOL
    I know what you mean.
  5. by   NursesRmofun
    Quote from night owl
    Retirement is looking more wonderful with each passing day! But with each passing day I wonder how much longer I or rather my legs can hold out. Why is it that all the pt's who need the most attention or the ones who seem to be on the call bell every 20 min are always the last pt in the hallway! No matter what hall I work, it seems that's always the case. I've thought about getting one of those motorized scooters, seriously.
    Scooters! Haha. Talk about your environmental safety risks! bahaha
  6. by   NursesRmofun
    Quote from rn3504
    I completely understand the frustration of LTC. Tomarrow is my last day working at a LTC facility and I almost want to scream with joy that after tomarrow I don't have to go back :hatparty: The staff that I work with could care less about their work and whether it gets done or not. Everyday that I leave work, I just want to drive my car off a bridge to keep from having to go back. Getting phone calls all hours of the day and night over very unimportant things, I have great respect for those who do LTC and love it but I will never do it again.
    Ahh. Hugs to you. Sorry to here that it has come to this for you. LTC does need good people, but it can drive you crazy...I understand that. We have some that don't care too. Or some that pretend to and can act like they do and then sometimes it is obvious they don't. Or some that treat some residents well but not others, etc., etc. <sigh> I don't know how long you were in LTC, but I am sure the residents were better off for having you there. Good luck!
  7. by   VickyRN
    JMHO, but ANY middle management job in nursing is HELL and not worth any amount of money for the stress involved.
  8. by   NursesRmofun
    Quote from VickyRN
    JMHO, but ANY middle management job in nursing is HELL and not worth any amount of money for the stress involved.
    You are right IMO too! Funny, my husband was just saying last night that middle management gets "doodoo" from the people who work under them and the people that work over them!
  9. by   DG5
    Well, they say the most stressed out people are the ones that have the responsibility but not the authority. You know what needs to get done but you know it won't because the guys in authority sit in meetings all day - they're not out there on the floor figuring out why everyone is calling in sick and going on stress leave. But I have stayed in LTC just because I am there for those residents - who is there to advocate for them? I also have to keep in mind how far my energy levels will take me. I am a mom of five kids and when I come home, fetch the kids from school, I have NOTHING left for them, I have to fall asleep in front of Oprah for two hours- just the time they need me. That's what really bugs me. How do you cope with that?
  10. by   teeituptom
    ER Nurses hate nursing homes

    they send them to us to replace foley catheters

    they send them over at 2 am and want us to call the GI lab in to reinsert a PEG tube and then call us back and yell at us for sending the pt back with a foley catheter as a gtube instead.
    They code their patients and call 911 and send them to us to either pronounce or save, usually they all have DNRs on their charts.
    They send the lil ole pt who had fallen 3 days ago at 2 am, after they finally got the xray report back saying the hip was broken.

    thats just a start of a long laundry list against nursing homes in general
  11. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from teeituptom
    ER Nurses hate nursing homes

    they send them to us to replace foley catheters

    they send them over at 2 am and want us to call the GI lab in to reinsert a PEG tube and then call us back and yell at us for sending the pt back with a foley catheter as a gtube instead.
    They code their patients and call 911 and send them to us to either pronounce or save, usually they all have DNRs on their charts.
    They send the lil ole pt who had fallen 3 days ago at 2 am, after they finally got the xray report back saying the hip was broken.

    thats just a start of a long laundry list against nursing homes in general
    wow. if that's the case, i'd be pretty aggravated too. gee tom, i'm glad you don't stereotype. maybe you should relax and have a cigar.
    Last edit by leslie :-D on Jun 2, '04
  12. by   NursesRmofun
    Quote from teeituptom
    ER Nurses hate nursing homes

    they send them to us to replace foley catheters

    they send them over at 2 am and want us to call the GI lab in to reinsert a PEG tube and then call us back and yell at us for sending the pt back with a foley catheter as a gtube instead.
    They code their patients and call 911 and send them to us to either pronounce or save, usually they all have DNRs on their charts.
    They send the lil ole pt who had fallen 3 days ago at 2 am, after they finally got the xray report back saying the hip was broken.

    thats just a start of a long laundry list against nursing homes in general
    I am sorry, but those are terribly broad generalizations and one person's experience. I worked as a hospital nurse for many years and rarely had those problems (in general) with nursing home patients. I work in a NH now and I do not see the kind of things you are talking about go on in relation to my facility.
  13. by   NursesRmofun
    Quote from DG5
    Well, they say the most stressed out people are the ones that have the responsibility but not the authority. You know what needs to get done but you know it won't because the guys in authority sit in meetings all day - they're not out there on the floor figuring out why everyone is calling in sick and going on stress leave. But I have stayed in LTC just because I am there for those residents - who is there to advocate for them? I also have to keep in mind how far my energy levels will take me. I am a mom of five kids and when I come home, fetch the kids from school, I have NOTHING left for them, I have to fall asleep in front of Oprah for two hours- just the time they need me. That's what really bugs me. How do you cope with that?
    I don't totally disagree with you about those with responsibility and not authority having a lot of stress....but I go to a lot of meetings and still have a lot of stress at times. I am salaried and make a lot less than it seems when you add up the hours I put in. I work no less than 45 hrs. a week and have worked up to 55 in a week with no extra pay. When my staff's work is less than great, I take the heat probably more than my staff do. No nursing job is really a bowl of cherries that I can see.

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