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  • Dec 9

    Quote from cb9115
    Would you as a RN be willing to finish another RN's paperwork?
    I get handed off partially completed admissions and have handed them off also.

    Some nurses will stay over late and complete an admission, for whatever reason. I have the belief that this is a 24 hour facility, I work an eight hour shift, and when my shift is over, it's time to pass the baton.

    Of course, there are varying degrees to that belief. For example, it's a rule of thumb that if a patient arrives on the floor one hour before shift's end, the responsibility to complete the admission belongs to the oncoming shift. But if I get an easy admission on MNs and am on the unit with another nurse, I do the whole darned admission if I can.

    Generally speaking, we work as a team and everyone does their part, so there's never really been any big problem.

  • Nov 22

    Sounds like that resident is no longer suitable for that level of care and needs to be moved.

  • Nov 22

    I will preface this by mentioning that I've worked in fast food and retail.

    I've experienced more vitriol as a floor nurse than at any non-nursing job I've ever held. Nursing exposes you to the ugliest side of human nature: verbally abusive families, colleagues from other disciplines who try to order you around, rude physicians, and managers who lack empathy.

    Above all else, I have experienced blatant misogyny, sexism, racism, and other ugliness from more than a few patients.

  • Nov 17

    When I worked the floor, these were my annoyances...

    1. Verbally abusive families who try to tell nurses how to do their jobs
    2. Colleagues from other disciplines who try to tell nurses what to do
    3. Redundant documentation and audits
    4. Out-of-touch nurse managers and administrators
    5. Too much responsibility with little to no authority

  • Nov 11

    With the republicans sweeping everything, we're going to see something change for sure. And it won't be healthcare as an unalienable right for everyone.

  • Nov 6

    Excellent advice, dream'n. My post was very similar. DO NOT WAIT. You are still young and CAN create a new path for yourself! Get out now.

  • Nov 6

    I was a teacher for 23 years before I changed to pursue a nursing career. If it's not for you it's not for you. If you're not happy go find your passion. As a nurse I'm sure you recognize life can be here today and gone in an hour. There's no sense in spending a moment unhappy. Find a therapist. Search your soul. Chase your passion.

  • Nov 4

    So.. WHY are you working this second, goddawful sounding job?
    References? The people running the place sound evil enough to
    me that they wouldn't give Mother Teresa a good reference.

    Honestly, the only reason I'd stay in a place like this is if I needed
    the money desperately and just absolutely could not find ANY
    THING else. That could be the case with you, you didn't say.
    I don't think you did.

    What is your day job?

  • Nov 4

    Quote from purplegal
    Our facility basically has the policy that they can mandate whenever they want. It says that it is only done during "extreme" circumstances, such as emergencies or when very short staffed, but that is nearly every day. Not staying is looked upon as a "performance issue." I'll have to look up what my state laws say, though.
    Not an employer I'd work for, no matter what experience I could gain. That's practically blackmail.

  • Nov 4

    Quote from purplegal

    I'm just wondering if I should have volunteered to stay overnight, even though working any extra hours is a major inconvenience for me.
    It's not just an inconvenience, it can also be very unsafe. Only stay if it's beneficial to you. Your employer would have no problem sending you home if they didn't need you ...or throwing you under the bus if you made an error while working in an overly-tired state.

  • Nov 4

    Quote from ladedah1
    At the same time, out of personal responsibility to my patients, I could never in good conscience go home without knowing that there was adequate care to replace me.
    Depending on the situation, I would have no conscience issues with leaving at the end of my scheduled shift. If a place is chronically short staffed, giving in to requests to stay over does not lead management to fix the problem- they'll simply continue asking people to stay over. I'm not an enabler.

  • Nov 4

    I would not have stayed overnight, considering you have another job during the daytime that would have caused a conflict.

    If they cannot seem to sort out their staffing patterns then that is their problem.

    When nurses are put under situations like that they need to stop thinking "what about the patients", the facility clearly does not care about the patient if they continue to short staff to the point where people do not come in and others are continuously asked to stay extra.

    We need to form a collective voice and demand better staffing throughout the continuum of healthcare. *Steps off soapbox*

  • Nov 4

    You are always better off sending the patient/resident out to the hospital when
    it seriously looks like something is wrong.

    Did the hospital keep her this time or send her back?

  • Nov 4

    Neezy.....This is a very appropriate place to discuss this....among fellow nurses....although some of the responses were less than appropriate. (There are ways to say things without being so harsh.)

    Many people get burned out with nursing. But that doesn't mean you need to leave nursing. Nursing is more than bedside or one-to-one care. The great thing about the nursing profession is that you don't have to be bound by chains to a job you hate. There are so many avenues that one can look to for jobs that use nursing experience. Get creative.

    I went to the National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA) Conference a couple of weeks ago. The participants were all nurses who were finding their own niche in nursing...... creating their own businesses....thinking and working outside the box.

    Look through the list of nursing specialties here on allnurses. See what else is out there. Post questions in those specialty forums that interest you.

    Throughout your 12 year career you have developed skills and knowledge that you can use elsewhere. And don't sell yourself short....You can learn new and exciting skills when you push yourself out of your comfort zone. For me personally.....I would never have dreamed over 35 years ago when I graduated from nursing school that I would be doing what I am now doing. So find your dream.

    And please change your mind about closing your account. There is a wealth of information and knowledge that our community of nurses can share with you.

  • Nov 3

    Quote from dream'n
    Neezy, I feel compelled to respond. My advice is to get out of nursing, take baby steps and find something you love and figure out how to make it a reality. I've been a nurse twice as long as you and I can relate to your struggle. In all honesty, I wish I hadn't made the decision to become a nurse. Don't get me wrong, some parts of my career have been extremely fulfilling, but yes I regretted becoming a nurse almost from the very start. I do my job very well, but I am as burnt out as a crispy critter. This profession has chewed me up and spit me out too many times to count. Sometimes I look at the 'business people' and the 'bean counters' and become jealous. Although I feel honored to take care of my patients, I look at the 'other side' and wish I didn't have the overwhelming stress of people's lives in my hands and that my job didn't feel so...I don't know the word for it. But I am encumbered, I have so many loved ones that are counting on my paycheck and insurance, I can't leave nursing. I don't think I'll ever be able to leave at this stage in my life and I'll be in this profession until I die or retire (whichever comes first). So again my advise is to get out now, before you marry and before you have children that depend solely on you. Although I feel privileged to have met and cared for so many lovely people and that I have had so many unique experiences, I do wish to work without the particular stress, pressure, and BS that comes with the nursing profession.
    Well said dream'n.