After 3 years, this is why I left my unit -- then I tried another one, just to find out it was the same play, just different stage and players. I'm honestly too old now to just keep roaming around for a better job ...I know in my heart it's just not out there, so I give up.
I am in grad school to become a NP and working the bare minimum of hours as a nurse to keep current. I hope one day to be able to really sit, and think, and use my God given brain do something for someone that truly enables their life to improve. I already love, love, love, what I am learning in school.
And the thing about the CNA's really gets to me, too. Here I am a person who sweated it out through nursing school
to get a BSN, to pass the NCLEX, (and sadly, many of them can't even QUALIFY to get into college) already have another bachelors as well -- yet I have to take crap off some kid who is about 10 times less educated than I am. I am in charge of this person, and responsible for every mistake they make, yet I have ZERO authority over them! Yet another scheme cooked up by HR managers and others who have no idea what goes on at the bedside. My dream would be to have techs have to report directly to nurses .. ..now wouldn't that change the game? Many of them all of a sudden, would have to show some respect and actually get some work done. I had to fill EVERY SINGLE water pitcher my last shift ... have to constantly fetch and lift and answer bells on my own. Where are the techs?? It's always my question .... if we made them accountable, perhaps some of them really could shine and work their way up and bring something to their profession ....but they don't.
NP duty ... no techs. No managers. No cranky family members ganging up . .. of course, there will be other responsibilties ...but for now, grad school has been the answer for me and the answer to keeping my sanity.