I refuse to learn bad habits and I've been in long term for 8 years. I'm stubborn and want to do it right. If management gets upset because I can't finish as fast as the other nurses on a med pass, well guess what???? I'm only doing what is right and I won't back down! If only all the other nurses out there would have the same work ethic, instead of "look how good I am, I'm leaving on time" attitude,....... management, corporate, heck the whole medical field would change for the better!!
I'm not perfect, but I have strong morals, and refuse to bow down. I do give eye drops, I will take the time to get a med that's not in the med cart, I do take the time to take a BP before giving a HTN med. I will change a patient, if an aide isn't available, give them water, open their blinds, give them their TV remote, make sure they have their call light in reach. I sign out my treatments when my shift is done. I will listen for placement before a pgt pass, I will check for residual. This makes a stressful day for me, because I want to do it right, what I'd want done for a loved one of mine. I want all my patients treated like a family member is in the room or they are going to walk in at any second.
BUT after 8 years and 3 different facilities, it won't change, I've learned and it's true, unless all the nurses start doing their job correctly the way they learned in school, it won't be accepted. I've had mentors who I though just rocked! I so wanted to be like them, their time management skills, always relaxed, stress free.
Guess what? My opinion now after witnessing so much over the years with older and younger nurses is that their self-confidence and laid back work attitude is only a show because "it's just a job and a pay check".
I commend you that you want to what is right, hang in there girl, we need more nurses like you!