I have been an RN for 3 years in LTC and was promoted last year to a dual ADON /DCE position. I have survived a year, but I am completely burnt out! We got a new DON 3 months ago who is very good at delegating and very critical. Since I have the dual job role, I am given a lot of nursing admin tasks, on top of doing infection control, education, interviewing, hiring, orienting, write-ups (HR Functions). About a month ago, she said "we are going to take over scheduling. Now she says it is my job to do scheduling.
The morning is filled with a lot of meetings, so it takes up about half the day. If i work an 8 hour day, that leaves me only 4 hours to get my work done. I work my butt off just to keep up. Most days I work 12 hours and still fall behind. If I don't get something done, she asks me why - I tell her I did my best - but she doesn't want to hear my "excuses."
Labor day weekend is upon us and we have a call-out. Since I am on call for the 3rd weekend in a row I have to call and try to get someone to come in. I have been calling agency and still found no one. I guess there is no other choice but for me to do the 12 hour shift. But I worked 18 hours yesterday, and went in for 2 hours today to make the calls for nurses and do some paperwork for an upcoming orientation. I feel like crying, It should not fall all on me! Did I mention I am a divorced single parent to three daughters - 2 of which are in high school and do not drive. Did I also mention I have a 45 min to an hour drive to and from work.
I am a very hard worker and I am pretty flexible, but this is getting to be quite unfair and I want to start looking for another position. But I wanted to know from any other nursing admin - is this normal working hours for a salaried position?