Job Satisfaction: Can it be real in this field? - page 3

by thelittledoe

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I see a lot of people starting threads about how much they hate their jobs. In fact, I think I see a lot more people on here complaining about their careers than being thankful that they have a job in the economic circumstances.... Read More


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    Quote from TheCommuter
    3. Virtually no control over rowdy family members. A family member or visitor can curse, swear, threaten, insult, make demands, or get up in the nurse's face and nothing will be done about it by hospital administration. However, a traveler who curses, swears, threatens or insults the airline pilot will be kicked off the airplane. A customer who curses, swears, threatens or insults the bank teller will be escorted outside by security.
    This is a HUGE reason why I dislike floor nursing. It disgusts me how nurses have to worry about something like this.
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    Same as madwife, I feel so exhausted on my days off that I can't enjoy spending time with family, but that is mostly due to the fact I have Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue so all I want to do is rest and let my muscles recover.

    I like my current job as a Hyperbaric Tech/Wound Nurse in a wound healing clinic, but I do not like the fact that all the other staff get to take lunch breaks while I'm running the hyperbaric chambers. The only staff who can relieve me are the Clinic Manager and one of the MDs, but the CM is "too busy" and the MD has to be off by 1pm and can't sit still for more than 5 mins. so I'm stuck, but if I don't take my lunch break I'm questioned as to why I didn't take it

    Another thing I don't care for is that we have no linen service so I have to walk to the hospital, load linens up on a cart and lug them back to the clinic, plus pushing and pulling patients in and out of the chambers is hard on the shoulders and back. I also have to clean the chambers inside and out once a week and that is not easy.

    In a few months, when we are caught up on some bills, we are going to move to a smaller, cheaper place and I am going to seek part-time work. I can't remember a day when I wasn't in pain, and it's getting very hard to do this 5 days a week, 8 hours a day.

    I do feel very blessed to have a job in this economy when so many are begging for any type of work they can get, and overall I do have a good job.
    Last edit by LTCNS on Feb 10, '13
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    Quote from RNperdiem
    Nursing is like being mom
    It all falls to the nurse.
    The pharmacy didn't deliver your meds on time? Nurses fault.
    Doctor didn't think to order labs? Nurses fault, you need to know these things and remind the doctors.
    Physical Therapy gets the maximum assist-barely-able-to stand patient up to the recliner. Will they come back to get the patient back to bed(much harder than getting up)? no, the nurses will do that.
    Every other department has more clearly specified duties. They get to say "not my job".
    Nursing is like being mom, it is all our job.
    THIS is a huge pet peeve of mine!! Room is dirty? Clean it up, don't bother housekeeping. Food came up cold? Don't yell at dietary! Stop what you are doing to heat it up for the patient. Make sure it's not too hot or they'll threaten to sue us for burning them! Don't keep it too cold or they'll yell at you again!

    Why didn't PT and OT work with this patient? I have no idea. I work nights. Ask PT and OT when you see them.

    TV's not working or the hospital doesn't have certain channels? Blame the nurse!

    Why didn't the dr order these meds for my mom? IDK ask the doctor!

    My favorite is when I get yelled at for the doctor having a bad bedside manner. Yell at him, not me! But of course no one can yell at the DOCTOR. But it's ok to yell at the nurse.

    Oh and I also have SO much to do with the cost of prescription meds and doctors! Yes I have been yelled at for that before!

    M/S nursing for less than a year and I'm getting burned out. I work at a union hospital in a good neighborhood. I do more running around craziness for my 8 or 9 patients than I ever did as a LTC nurse with 43 patients alone.
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    Is it burnout? Yes, sometimes it is. Burnout happens sometimes no matter what you do.

    Is it the facility itself? Yes, more often than not. Nine times out of ten, managers are not your friend. They exist to run a facility, not ensure that you and your coworkers are getting lunch breaks, able to defend yourself against angry visitors/patients or checking on your work satisfaction.

    Is it other staff members? OH yes, frequently! Like I said, people are people, and that goes for nurses, too. You'll know who that one nurse is who's eating lunch in the back room while the rest of the floor is going down like a bad remake of the Titanic.

    Is it patients? Less frequently in my experience, but yes, it can be. Some patients (just like all people) are demanding, scared, impatient, or just downright unpleasant. Those may well be the days you find yourself on this board composing a rant all your own...

    Is it the demanding work life? Absolutely. Just wait until you have a patient due at CT 15 minutes ago who is suddenly complaining of pain and they're now late for both CT and their appointment that the docs had to fight to schedule at the last minute that was supposed to be right after CT. Oh, and the doctor, CT tech and pharmacist are all ******. At you.

    Is it the lack of work/pleasure balance? Yep. Three on, one off, two on, one off, two on, two off, three on... (I could keep going...)

    Is job satisfaction possible in this field?
    YES. A thousand times, yes. While my old job (referenced in my replies above) was sometimes frustrating, stressful and incredibly irritating, it was also one of the most fulfilling jobs I've had in my entire life.

    There are very few things in this world -- much less jobs -- that are easy AND undeniably worthwhile. When you're doing something that is important, there will almost always be crap to wade through on the way to your goal. But it's worth it.
    Last edit by SoldierNurse22 on Feb 10, '13
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    My complaint is that nurses get no respect, especially from other nurses. And it doesn't seem to matter what degree you have or how high your position is.
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    Quote from paradiseboundRN
    My complaint is that nurses get no respect, especially from other nurses. And it doesn't seem to matter what degree you have or how high your position is.
    Nurses with a higher degree should get more respect?
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    No, that's not what I meant! When I was a bedside nurse, I thought that if I moved beyond the bedside, I might get more respect, but alas, it really doesn't matter...
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    Quote from tigerlogic
    Nurse managers care a lot about nurses having enough time to sit down and eat (research shows it leads to fewer errors).
    Wow, imagine that. On two out of four shifts this week, I got no dinner break at all. Had to shove a Luna bar down while standing in the med room getting the med pass ready. Our nurse managers don't care. But imagine if they didn't get a break one day. Heaven forbid.
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    I like my job now. Bunny wabbit.
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    Quote from RNperdiem
    Nursing is like being mom
    It all falls to the nurse.
    The pharmacy didn't deliver your meds on time? Nurses fault.
    Doctor didn't think to order labs? Nurses fault, you need to know these things and remind the doctors.
    Physical Therapy gets the maximum assist-barely-able-to stand patient up to the recliner. Will they come back to get the patient back to bed(much harder than getting up)? no, the nurses will do that.
    Every other department has more clearly specified duties. They get to say "not my job".
    Nursing is like being mom, it is all our job.
    You also don't get to pee or eat without interuption, just like a mom lol.
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