I wish all the washed out tired nurses would retire. - page 5

I started a job as a nurse in a nursing home about a month ago and there are about 3-4 nurses that I take report from that are run down, negative, desensitized and really could give a rats a** about... Read More

  1. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from BluntForceTrauma
    Well, when all of the "run down, negative, desensitized" nurses retire, we will definitely have a nursing shortage on our hands....
    UHHH, the rundown, negative, desensitized are the ones doing all the work - who would take care of the patients?

    After all, all the cute young, chirpy, "sensitive" ones areway too busy, comparing their cutsy new Itune ringtones, having hour long phone calls to their baby Daddy's, or shopping the Internet for cheap Bling or the fab new Dolce&Gabbana purse.
  2. by   Fiona59
    I'm old, I'm tired, and yes I get cranky.

    But I also get some of the most difficult patients on my unit because of my experience. Do I really enjoy having to deal with Alzheimers patients post op? Does anyone? The new grads don't get them but us old crankies always do. We know how to work with the families, we try our best not physically or chemically restrain them.

    But at the end of the day, I'm tired of getting punched, slapped, scratched, hair pulled, and breast grabbed because new grads are often very quick to say "I don't think I have enough experience to work with room 23".
  3. by   AngelaLPN08
    Quote from caroladybelle
    UHHH, the rundown, negative, desensitized are the ones doing all the work - who would take care of the patients?

    After all, all the cute young, chirpy, "sensitive" ones areway too busy, comparing their cutsy new Itune ringtones, having hour long phone calls to their baby Daddy's, or shopping the Internet for cheap Bling or the fab new Dolce&Gabbana purse.
    This has nothing to do with age, nurses get run down. Sad true fact...the only time they should re-think their job is when they no longer are putting patient safety/needs first.
    I just wanted to say as a young nurse, I don't bring my cell phone on the floor, my baby daddy is my husband, and I don't call him unless we have an emergency, and yeah... I am happy with my Walmart Purse
  4. by   CseMgr1
    Quote from Scrubby
    But have you ever experienced job burnout? You may at some point in your career. It's not a nice thing it's horrible to go through, perhaps the nurses your describing are burned out rather than just like that all the time. It's not a true reflection on someone's ability to care, it's when you've reached breaking point and need time off work to recuperate. Most nurses I know have, I'm going through burnout at the moment and lucky for me I have supportive friends at work.
    I wish I did. Most of my co-workers are just as burned out as I am....and we are not receiving any support from Management. They want us to do our work and keep our mouths shut. Period. I got into trouble because I could not keep mine shut any longer and was not allowed to defend myself, when I was called onto the carpet. Their attitude is: "Well, there are people around here with worse problems than yours, and they're always 'cheerful'. Why can't you be like them?"

    If everyone is so "cheerful", then why did our Executive Director find it necessary to pay retention bonuses in order to discourage what was left of her staff from leaving after two of her three nurses quit back-to-back? And, what was your Lead CC's excuse for screaming so loudly into the phone at her kids for over fifteen minutes, that we had to close the doors to our offices? And, last (but not least), if YOU'RE so "cheerful", then WHY were YOU heard yelling at one of the CC's the other day? WHY?

    That is what I want to say to my Supervisor tomorrow morning, when I have to turn in my "Plan". But I know I can't....not if I want to keep my job. The problem is, I can't (and with a clear conscience), think of anything that she wants to hear.
  5. by   missourigirl53
    I've been an LPN for 33 years...and I'm probably the kind of nurse you want to have taking care of you if you are ill. Am I tiredand washed out-looking at times - YOU BET. Am I EVER not caring about my patients - NEVER!
    The best advice I can give you is to never judge a book by it's cover. If you think a nurse is speaking ill of patients while they are reporting off to you, then redirect them. The patients AND YOU deserve to get an accurate picture of what has transpired...and what needs to transpire. Personal opinion is for pollsters - not nursing reports.
    Good luck to you.
  6. by   hadenuf
    All Us Washed Out,burned Out Nurses Wish We Could Retire!!!

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