I hate my job! Help!

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    Hello,

    I just graduated in may of this year. I was so excited when I got a job at a long term care facility about four months ago. I recently asked to be switched to the 3-11 shift because I cannot work third shift with little ones at home. I absolutely hate it! Seems like no matter what I do I cannot keep up. I am always in trouble for having over time. My coworkers are talking about me behind my back. I feel like a laughing stock. I skip all my breaks except for a mandatory lunch break. I cut too many corners and feel like Im not even taking care of my patients. Is it always like this at first? The other nurses have no problem gettting all their work done and I dont see how they are doing it.

    There are a couple openings at the local health clinic. I'm thinking of applying there. Our instructors told us that if you work in a clinic you loose alot of your skills and you dont get paid hardly anything. I want to be able to move on with my education and career. Any advice?
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    I have a few friends who work in some nursing homes. From what they tell me, many nurses can't get all the work done that is supposed to be done with the patient load taken. They tell me that everyone cuts corners, charts things that really were not done, and overall the care is poor. If you don't see how your coworkers are getting their work done, maybe its because they really are not getting their work done. While working in a clinic may not get you the skills you want, I feel it would be better than providing poor care to people who need it. However, you still would be learning a skill set, just not long term care skills. All different sides of nursing are difficult, even working in a clinic. Don't worry about what the others are saying or doing and just concentrate on yourself. If they have time to study what you are doing, they are probably not providing the level of care that should be given.
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    Quote from JoMarie73
    Hello,

    I just graduated in may of this year.

    Seems like no matter what I do I cannot keep up. I am always in trouble for having over time.

    I skip all my breaks except for a mandatory lunch break.

    The other nurses have no problem gettting all their work done and I dont see how they are doing it.

    There are a couple openings at the local health clinic. I'm thinking of applying there. Our instructors told us that if you work in a clinic you loose alot of your skills and you dont get paid hardly anything. I want to be able to move on with my education and career. Any advice?
    Sounds like my first year of practice, which was on a med-surg floor. The oldtimers had their routine down, just do the assigned tasks and move on, while I was trying to do a more thorough job. It may get better with time, & then again, it may not.

    Do what's right for you & your family.
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    Thanks for the advice. I applied for a couple office jobs. Hopefully they work out. Pray tonight is better for me.
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    3-11 shift is the hardest shift to work in any setting. You have visiting family, preps for the morning, sundowners, and everyone seems to get sicker as the night goes by. Guarantee that those other people have worked in a hospital setting and have their routine down. You just have to make a routine for yourself. Although sometimes even with that it is almost impossible to catch up or finish your work on 3-11 shift. There are many times i haven't taken my breaks either but take it from me, you need a few minutes to regroup. One thing that worked for me was writing everything everything down that i needed to do. That way there's an end in sight. I've worked 3-11 for over a year now and just last night stayed an hour over. It happens all the time in all settings. Too bad your manager forgot what it's like to be a floor nurse. Apply elsewhere! Good luck!
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    How's it going? It'll come...I started keeping a notebook of all the things I messed up/ or needed to look up..as time goes on the notebook gets less and less used..

    Start prioritizing....begin with the most important meds HTN, Cardiac, IV's and Insulin/Glucose administration and testing...the time would always sneek up on me and I would try to do my glucose testing just to realize the dinner trays where getting on the floor and you're running around...

    Note if any procedures are to be done the next day....

    everything else will have to wait....

    We've all been there. I remember when I would take 10-15 minutes to start an IV, Gtube insertion....


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