1964nurse, ADN 2,362 Views
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I up and quit my job with notice a month ago. Ive been in nursing for the past 23 years. As an LPN and RN. working mainly geriatrics, homecare, rehab and agency nursing. My last job of 6 years was with the government. Excellent pay and benefits. This last job of mine broke me. Almost every nurse and co worker is on an antidepressant/anxiety medication, myself included to tolerate the toxic work environment we endure. Same song and dance, Supervisors who make 80,000 plus yr. who like to sit in their offices with select employees discussing their love life's, vacations and other employees. Co workers who would throw you under the bus to make themselves look better in said supervisors eyes. Co workers who refuse to help out because their job for the day is paperwork. Co workers who expect you to do their tasks on top of the ones your responsible for. Co workers who would rather come get you to stop a member from falling out of his chair, rather than spend a few minutes with them, co workers who will stand and watch a confused resident exit the unit w/out intervening because it's not their job, co workers who come to work to relieve you that begin by saying, "I hope you took care of everything because I have been having a rough week." Really ???Co workers who are crying because they've just been enforced to work a double at the last minute for the 2nd time this week and they have children to pick up or have a class their taking to make a better life for themselves. God forbid they have a life outside of work. But you see, the government owns you. HR will remind you that when they offered you the job, you were told it may require being forced. And the residents ? If you can talk, and feed yourself, your the favorite. And when you come in for your shift and find a resident lying in a urine saturated bed and find out the last time they were changed was 7 am ? But write it up and turn it in and the situation is investigated... You are the one who's the bad guy, because they were short that day.... Oh and by the way, we don't have a house supervisor this weekend. Your it. Your an RN and your responsible for whatever happens. Responsible for some co workers who you wouldn't have take care of your dog. Yes, take a vacation.... Come back and it's the same crap. Why stay so long under circumstances... The pay, the insurance, the benefits. Well, it's just not worth it anymore to me. I wanted to feel alive again. I wanted to be able to enjoy my time off work. I want a job with a company I can be proud to work for. I want to work with coworkers who really care. Does it really exist ??? Am I unrealistic ??? I've been applying for clinic nurse positions. The process is slow. My experience is limited. Any thoughts, recommendations? I love to hear where others work. What others who feel the same way have done? I don't know where my journey will lead me, but I know God has a plan for me.... I just want to know what it is NOW. 😉
I was wondering what your opinion is... I'm currently in a job that is causing much stress, dreading going to work, upset stomach and good old diarrhea. Nursing burnout. I have applied to a few other jobs, in a different capacity, interviewed and know an offer is right around the corner. Is it wrong to quit the current job and have some time to regroup before a new one starts? And what do I tell interviewers when they ask ??? I am fortunate that I would be able to do this financially for a few weeks, but is it wrong ? Thanks in advance.
Well as I have previously posted, I took that job and it was overwhelming in the beginning. Any hoo, lastweek I decided to tell the administrator that I'm feeling more comfortable doing them and things were going better. (after 3 weeks of doing them). Well she tells me she needs to talk to me before I leave that night. (I thought I was going to be fired). So I go to her office and she tells me they don't think this is the job for me, that they feel I was going to slow and they haven't trained me in scheduling them and feel that the scheduling of them is going to put me over the edge. BUT they don't want to lose me as an employee because I'm a good nurse and the people really like me, and they want me to continue to doing the MDS's until they find someone else. So..... We're offering you a fulltime 2nd shift nurse position as a desk nurse. I told her, there are alot of distractions in the office and it takes me awhile to get something but once I get it, I get it. I also stressed how I am very detail oriented and doing my job accurately was important to me. Well regardless the ADON just feels the scheduling portion is going to put me over the edge. She then proceeds to try and convince me that they've been wanting to hire an RN charge nurse for 2nd shift for quite sometime and it wouldn't be floor nursing it would be a desk nurse. I said I'd let her know the next day. So I put my 2 weeks notice in the next day and she says she understands. Two hours later the DON and ADON call me into her office and ask me stay and work the month of May as they have 3 conferences to go to and it would help them out greatly. They told me I would just be doing MDS's and I said, "I thought I wasn't doing them right." She tells me Well you're doing them okay, it's just I feel the scheduling of them is going to be too much for you." Then they proceed to try and convince me to take the 2nd shift position or at least stay in house pool. I'm thinking What? the heck is going on here? So I told them I's stay an extra week and that's it as I need to figure out what I'm going to do next. So now I just found out one of the 2nd shift LPN's was hired to do the desk job almost a year ago, and when she transferred over there she did the job for one day and they fired a nurse they wanted to get rid of , pulled her to the floor and she hasn't worked the position at all. I feel cheated, humiliated, ticked off and hurt. Anyone else been cheated like this ??? Thanks for letting me vent.
Thank you to all of you, it is nice to have the support
It sounds great! I wore something similar and yes I also got my outfit secondhand and I felt great!! Go knock them dead girl!!!! and best wishes!!!
Hello. Well I took the MDS position that I had previously posted about. It's been 4 weeks. The first 2 weeks were spent on the floor getting to know the residents and the computer system. Today I just finished the 2nd week doing MDS's. The ADON is who is training me and she is wearing many hats. The MDS position was dumped on her about a year ago. I found out today from another staff member that they had walked the previous one out who had been there 12 years. I have never been an MDS nurse, and I ask alot of questions. I am very anal about accuracy. If I do a job, I want to know that I am doing it right. Today I did my first 5 Day admission assessment and it took me like 4.5 hours. Trying to find info in the chart and on the computer, and in the flow sheet books and .... Then trying to figure out how many MD order changes and current diagnosis and I had included history diagnosis and gosh forbid me... I'm going to slow,and need to speed it up. And I was told she hasn't even started training me on the timing of them. She told me the other day in exasperation that I needed to go faster also. I have really fought back some tears and always thank her for her patience. But today I told her and the administrator if they don't feel I'm cut out for the job, after some time to please let me know. I'm not going to be mad, some people are just not cut out for certain jobs. I told them I know I'm slow, and I'd like to continue trying. The administrator asked if there was anything they could do to help. I said no, the ADON has been patient, but I secretly wish she would stop expecting me to fly through these things llike she does. Oh and by the way, besides sending her to mds training classes, they also paid big money to have a consultant come in and work with just her for awhile. So am I being unrealistic? Hang in there or run before I'm escorted out? Happy Easter.
Thank You both for your input. I've decide to take the job and give it a try. I'm going to stay in house pool at the facility I'm currently at so if things don't work out, I have something to fall back on. I'm excited and nervous about it, wish me luck. Blessings.
I am a 4 year RN, 14 year LPN mainly working long term care with some hospital, and home care experience who is tired of floor nursing, with an interest in learning about the MDS. Mainly tired of the lazy floor staff that our state facility tolerates. I just went for an MDS coordinator interview yesterday at a small 60 bed facility in the next town, and it went very well. They would like me to shadow the ADON who is currently doing the MDS to see how her day goes. This nursing home has been deficiency free for 2 years. I would be on call every 3rd weekend and said I could set my own schedule as long as it was 40 hours a week and they are willing to train me. There is a probationary period of 3 months. She told me the ADON would be training me and the support would be there if I need it. I am a dependable, detail oriented person. I like things done the "right" way. I don't know if I would feel comfortable being completely responsible for MDS's and 5day, 7 day, 14 day, 30 day, 60 day assessments being submitted on time. The facility is mostly medicaid with some medicare. It is a non for profit facility. I have only completed pain assessments, bowel and bladder assessments and sleep assessments on the MDS and don't have a problem with these. I really would like to give this position a chance if it it offered but am scared I might screw it up somehow like forgetting to assess someone if they needed or not getting information in on time and the facility lost some funding. Any thoughts or input from others would really be appreciated. Thank You.
Hello, I am wondering if there are any RN's out there, that work for the state as a surveyor and if you like your job? Can you tell me a little about your job? I have 20 yrs. of nursing experience as a LPN and RN mainly in LTC. Two years ago I began working with the state in our local VA nursing home, and looking to eventually change pathways, within the state. The state retirement benefits are GREAT!!! Thanks in advance.
I was an LPN for 14 years working mainly in LTC, homecare and as an agencynurse. Returning back to school for my RN, I anticipated working in a hospital as a "real nurse". The pay was about $8.00 less than the nursing home and I lasted 7 months in our local "brand new" beautiful hospital, before I went back to the nursing home. Why? I refuse to be screamed at by doctors who expect me to read their minds, who don't communicate with one another and those who think they are altogether above you, and take pleasure in belittling others. Also I realized not everyone is cut out to work in the hospital and there is Nothing wrong with being a Geriatric Nurse and I am proud of it. We've had a few agency/hospital nurses come to work at facilities who can't manage to pass medications on a group of 25 or 30 residents that include 2 med passes that last 2 hours and include tube feeders and accuchecks and insulin administration and charting and wanderers or frequent fallers and whatever else may arise. My greatest joy is being able to make another being smile or feel loved. By listening to the same story for the 10th time or by giving them a hug, or just sitting with them and holding their hand or by telling a stupid joke. Yes, I do hug some of my residents. I understand that some days are more hectic than others. At the job I have right now, I do have more time to spend with the residents, and if I can make the last years of their journey here on earth just a little brighter, than to me my purpose in life is fullfilled.
Thanks to all who replied. I really appreciate the support. Last night went much better. Those 2 cnas were up passing waters, linens, toileting residents and actually doing their job throughout the shift. No sitting around for 2 hours or even an hour. The older one is still po'ed but oh well. I was going to apologize to them for getting so upset, but I talked with a friend who said don't you dare. As far as whether its the VA or union, I don't know exactly. I think they are both to blame. This particular VA has adequate staffing and more than enough at times.(Which leaves too much time for people to stand or sit around and gossip). Being a new facility, the standards have not been laid down by management. To get rid of the employees who are slackers takes forever because there has to be so much paperwork completed (union requirements)that no one wants to take the time or doesn't have the time to complete. Unless someone actually slaps someone which is immediate dismissal. And 3 hours of paperwork. We have some in management that are afraid to take a stand, some that turn the other cheek and very few that take a stand. I know this next statement may offend some but I feel in most instances the union protects the lazy. Instead of doing an activity with a resident or cleaning out a bedside table they can say that's not my job description.
I need to vent, and it is related to the VA. I just started In November as a RN in our local state VA nursing home, a newer facility that opened within the past 4 years. The benefits are out of this world. The place is beautiful, The staff.... OMG I can't believe it. I have been a nurse for 17 years, and have mainly worked in the geriatric area. I can not believe how staff just sits around and complain and ***** how awful they have it. I am on probation yet until May, but let me tell you this....We have 20 residents on a wing, 1 nurse and 2.5 nursing assistants. last night we had 3. Yes only 20. We start at 3:00 , the girls are sitting around until like 4:30, 4:45 talking (just 2 of them) I am getting irritated and start getting the dining room ready for supper. The 1 girl says I'll do that. When? I'm thinking. Okay so supper comes, after supper 1 res. wants to go out and smoke. (Its -10 out and the cna opens the side door and pushes his w.c. outside to smoke, no heavy jacket, no monitoring. He gets cold, comes back in and is smoking in the hallway. I say What are you doing, you can't smoke in here, take his cigarette and throw it outside. The cnas are like I can't believe this. The cnas on the other unit know that he is to be supervised smoking and at the front of the building. So I say to the 2 cnas on my unit, I need to talk to you. I say, I don't know if you guys are trying to pull the wool over my eyes since I am new but I can't believe that neither one of you knew he is suppose to be taken out front and supervised while smoking? No, they didn't know and we were told he could go out tjhe side and blah blah blah. Then I say and I don't appreciate you guys sitting at the desk for 2 hours at the beginning of the shift. Well our work is done, what are we supposer to do? I say I hope it's done and these people are toileted and changed because its really unfair to them to be sitting in urine for any amount of time. The one says to me If you don't believe us, then go down and stick your finger in their diaper and see if they are wet.:angryfire I said I am not going to stoop to that level to see if you guys are doing your job. You know what your job is and I expect you to do it, and not lie to me. Well what do you want us to do? Try and have a conversation with them (residents) and have them sit and look at us like were out of our minds? Well do something I say, but you don't have to sit around for 2 hours. One of the cnas later tells me she's sorry, and says the other girl (who needs to retire) tells her she didn't like me asking if they're doing their cares. I say I have a right to ask, that's my job. the other old one ignored me and was talking under her breath about me every chance she could. Other staff tells me, thats what its like here, they sit around all the time. I can't believe it. Why? Yes we are union. Welcome to the union world.
My outlook on my job: I am a good nurse, a hardworking nurse, I help the cnas whenever I can, I like to have a good working relationship with my co workers. I don't get this sitting around, and complaining for hours. JUST DO THE FLIPPING JOB!!!
I recently gave my 2 week notice. I'm suppose to work 3- 12 hour shifts yet between now and Monday. I have my alarm set to call in tonight at 2, because I am so upset that I feel sick to my stomach and DREAD going in again. I have to work the weekend and won't be calling in, but then I feel guilty for doing so. Why should I feel guilty? It's the job that's making me ill. I can't think about anything else except who is going to berate me next time? which is why I'm quitting in the 1st place. I have only called in 1 other time in 6 months, about a month ago? So why the guilt???
You betcha. I was an LPN for 14 yrs, went back to get my RN, to prove to myself I coud do it and felt I needed to get some M/S expeience. It's been 6 months and I dread it. Gave my 2 week notice this past week and am going back to LTC where I feel more comfortable. The hospital is fairly new, 5 years old, understaffed, and what they expect out of their nurses is crazy. This last month I have been berated by a Nurse Practitioner twice and have been in tears on the job 3 times. My time off I spend sleeping, or thinking about what I should have done or should know and I have never, never, ever felt so incompetant in all my life. Now I dread these last shifts I have to work. 4, 12 hour shifts left and I hope I don't miss something that could lead to someones demise. I'm even thinking of giving up my RN license. I wanted to get a couple of years experience in the MS area, but not here. I don't know if other hospitals are the same? I just felt there was a big lack of support and somewhat disorganized. Also the moodiness of the staff. In the AM I'd say Good mornng Ladies to the Unit Clerks and they'd look at me like I was freakin nuts. Anyways Good Luck to you, there is a job out there with your name on it.
I'm a new RN, less than a year, LPN for the first 14 years, 44 years old, working mainly LTC and home care. Thought I'd like a challenge and broaden my options. I 'm working at a small local hospital on the Med/Surg unit and it goes okay for a couple of weeks, then bam I screw up big time. Yesterday a pt. went down for a angiogram and filter placement which was placed in the R IJ area. (I have never dealt with this before).he came back from the procedure and a nurse on the other unit noticed the techs were escorting him to the BR. She says He's not suppose to be walking, he should be on bedrest for at least 4 hours. What does his post op orders say? What did they tell you from report? I said They didn't give me report on him. She says no report? and there's no orders? notifies our supervisor and an incident report was filed for no report. So the day goes on and the 7 pm nurse comes on and I 'm giving her report and she says no postop orders? we need to get him orders. I'm thinking why can't he go back on what he was prior to the procedure? So I page the oncall PA and she says You just notice this now and you want me to give orders to cover some nurses ass? I become completely befuddled and scared and say All we need is diet orders. She said what about meds? I say he has meds, She says how can he have meds if there's no postop orders? I say I don't know and can I please have a diet order for this guy. She says fine, soft diet. I now in tears tell the supervisor of this and she says What? So I tell her the story, she calls the PA and their discussing this situation and the fact this situation will be thoroughly investigated and she will take care of it on her end, however her attitude toward me when I called was uncalled for and we need to take care of this patient. So I received the orders and hope I didn't screw up transcribing them because now I'm a pathetic crying mess and my peers try to console me, although I know I'm in some trouble here. I haven't thought of much else since, it's my weekend off and I'm really tired of feeling this way every other week. My thoughts....
1. Should I quit and find a less stressful position?
2. Am I going to be fired?
3. I don't blame the PA for being upset, incompetant nurse.
4. If these are learning experiences, why do they have to hurt so much?
5.I really don't care to share this story with some of the people I work with, because some think they are perfect.
This patient was fine. VS stable, dressing intact, no bleeding whatsoever.
Any insightful and useful thoughts on this matter would be appreciated. I think I should have went into truckdriving.
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