I am a new nurse in a nursing home, and I can understand and share your frustration. I graduated in May, passed my boards in June, and I have been working at the nursing home for exactly 3 weeks now. I am now on my own. My training is officially over. :uhoh21:
I was hired as a charge nurse, and there are 2 of us on the 7-3 shift. I take care of 24 residents, oversee 3 Cna's and 2 med-techs, and do all the treatments, narcs, insulin, coumadin, ect. (the other RN has the same responsibilities on 'her' half of the floor. and she does consider it HER half). I am still trying to just FIND things. And yet, I am responsible for those Mars, as you said. It is a very scary position to be in. I was ALONE Friday night, and terrified! No med errors, nobody died or had a heart attack, (one lady I really like had chest pain, though, YIKES!)
I go nonstop from the time I walk in the door. I would never, however, not accept responsibility for my mistakes, and I am so sorry you have to deal with that. I am still learning how to properly do the mars.
I keep coming back to what you said about being afraid for the residents. If we dont step up and report, document, make these nurses accountable for their mistakes and try to be positive with the training, ect., who will?
I worked 2 12's this weekend covering another nurses military duty, and learned more from the nurse I worked with there than any other time.
Maybe it is a lack of training for the nurses you are with? Or perhaps they just dont care, I am not there, I dunno.
hang in there, somebody has to care about these residents, and it sounds like you really do. Maybe somebody else here on this forum with more experience can give you better advice.
I guess I just wanted to sympathize. Good luck, I will send positive energy your way.
Ours is a hard job...........we deserve the title NURSE!