Quote from thelittledoe
I want everyone to explain to me:
Is it burnout?
Is it the facility itself?
Is it other staff members?
Is it patients?
Is it the demanding work life?
Is it the lack of work/pleasure balance?
All of the above....and then some.
Big corporations that know nothing of day-to-day operations, yet want to micromanage everything and everybody.
Patients' families, too many of whom are rude, abusive, demanding, entitled, impatient, overbearing, angry, whiny, petulant, obnoxious, ignorant, foolish, and plain old street-rat crazy.
Inter-shift rivalries.......Jiminy Crickets, people, it's a 24-hour facility for a reason. Deal with it!
Excessive documentation, which takes nurses away from the bedside, doesn't improve patient care one bit, and serves no useful purpose other than to cover yours and the facility's butts.
The expectation of loyalty to the employer, who would throw a nurse under the bus in two seconds flat if the occasion presented itself.
Inspectors/surveyors who have never worked a single shift in a healthcare facility, and think they're qualified to fail an entire LTC if an unused med room shelf has a little dust on it, or a nurse fails to document results (within an hour!) of all 30 of the PRNs she just gave.
I realize that this list may very well be discouraging, and to be honest, not ALL of nursing is like that. But anyone going into this line of work ought to do so with their eyes open and their minds made up that they will not feed into the negativity.......that they will do all in their power to elevate the profession, even in the face of all that nurses experience in the course of a career.