I wanted to write this long ago but I didn't want to talk bad about my job but I NEED to vent so bad. I've been working at this LTC in NJ for 6 months, It took me 8 months after graduating to find a job after applying everywhere and out of state. I HATE HATE that job, the constant backstabbing, negative environment, the chaos, I decided to stay to pay my bills. Only if you work there you would know the extent of what I'm talking about, at my job it is survival of the fittest type of job, it is "eat or be eaten" basically. It is the worst 1st job experience as a new grad, everything I learn thus far are things I had to learn on my own. I was never properly trained but I shadow other nurses who never wash their hands between patients, who don't take the BP when giving a BP meds, and falsifying vital signs to make them normal just so they can save time from calling the MD.
Anyways, I've been used and abused so much, for example they hired me PD but everyone they hired after me has been FT w/ benefits and I make less an hr than the FT workers. I work all hours, 7-3, 3-11, and 11-7, I come in when nurses call out and they never appreciate me or anything I do at that place. Last week, the state came to the job and you can imagine the chaos and pressure. I've been working 3-11 last week, but stayed till 3AM, due to admissions, never ending incident reports, ER situations and redoing statement since the DON and the manager asked us to redo them for the state. The DON had the nerve to call me in her office couple days ago to tell me that they will not pay me any OT, they will only pay me 8 hrs of work and if I stayed till 3am it is because I'm a conscious nurse that nobody is asking to stay till 3am. I explained to her I have admissions, incident reports etc, she said well that why you have a supervisor and wants me to clock out and continue my work (Is she freaking kidding me?). The supervisors at that place are lazy, they don't do anything for me, they won't even pick up a MD order or a lab for me. I was so upset when she told me that and decided I need to leave that hell hole and should all Dept. of Labor on them. They never pay me OT when I stay pass 8 hrs at work, and with the pt load, passing 100 meds, charting, admissions etc. there is no way to finish in 8 hrs. I love being a nurse, I love my pts. so much, they know it and they feel it, but enough of this abuse.
Thanks for reading..Any advice??