dream'n, BSN, RN 9,047 Views
Joined Aug 28, '06.
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I strongly disagree with those posts that keep insisting that "floor nursing" isn't the issue. Yes, it is. I have been in this person's situation. No, I didn't go through nursing school with rose-colored glasses.
But when I graduated, I besides knowing that I enjoyed psych and the NICU, I didn't have a strong sense of my place in nursing. Fortunately, there is a nursing shortage. So, if a new graduate nurses doesn't like his/her first job, there is NO REASON to be filled with anxiety and misery to stick it out. Quit! As I said before, using it as a learning experience. What did you learn are your strengths and weaknesses? I learned that I don't want to work with cardiac patients who can be fine one minute, and then decline in a matter of seconds. My psych patients may be on suicide watch, but I am much more confident in my ability to handle that situation. The latter plays to my strengths as a nurse, the former to my weaknesses.
Was there a deficit in this patient's care? Yes.
Did you find it and get it addressed? Yes.
Might it have been better for the patient to have received alternate IV fluids sooner? Perhaps.
But you DID use critical thinking to determine that the patient's nutritional needs were not being met. Apparently that put you miles ahead of the physician writing the orders, and the pharmacist filling them. If you view this as your error, please help me understand why. I think you should be applauded.
Sadly that is what loyalty will get you, zip, nada, nothing, squat. And some wonder why "Milennials" don't have "loyalty". Prime example here. Can't blame them. You deserve better; you won't get it where you work. It sucks. The Boomers tend to be loyal and stay a long time in one spot, extremely reliable and steady. But the rewards in return for all these qualities are few and far between.
As for me? This is one X-er (almost Boomer) who will always have her eye out for the better opportunity, one that suits me and my needs, first.
I've been a loyal staff member of the hospital I work for now for 24 years. They've been good to me and the manager I currently have is the one that hired me. I've moved around the hospital some and have good experience and like my coworkers.
Like other places we have high turnover and being Florida out winter season tends to be busier. A local hospital chain pays very well and we lose a lot of younger people to them after they get their experience here. We recently lost yet another coworker and we're constantly short staffed.
To deal with this they are hiring "seasonal pool" which is a three-month contract at about $15 more an hour than the average staff makes. They've started a float pool at $10 an hour differential higher than the rest of us. They also use travel nurses through different agencies at high cost and give them housing.
Meanwhile those of us who are staff just got our evaluations and were told "we're under consideration for raises, but not sure it can be budgeted".
When they get their heads out of the sand they whine "why can't we keep any staff?? We need to have a committee look at this. Let's give them some cookies."
I promised my boss I'd stick with her until she retires in a year and a half and then perhaps I can get a nice well paying job. Too bad it probably can't be at my place of employment because rather than reward us they are paying new people so much money they can't fit us in their budget.
Thanks for listening.
I appreciate your comment. In my 40+ years I have never been called names like, "special snowflake" or "buttercup." I'm actually laughing. Yes, I did start this post. But I guess what I don't understand is the fact that if floor nursing is not for a nurse, then why is there something wrong with that nurse?? My posting was not asking to be ridiculed for any anxiety I may have toward taking care of 5-8 patients at a time. The posting was simply asking for any advice toward jobs that are available besides bedside nursing for inexperienced new nurses. Please re-read the title.
Staff asking "Are you really busy right now?" I'm always busy. If I'm not, I will ask someone what I can do to help.
Family members snapping at me when I am trying to concentrate on a task at the bedside.
Family following me around in the hallway, telling me it's time do something or that the patient is in pain, while he is sleeping peacefully.
Call light goes off. CNA is sitting next to me, scrolling on phone/Facebook while I'm charting like a madman. CNA continues to sit...I finally get up and go answer the light.
We should all bow out,...on the same day. That MIGHT get someone's attention. No bleeding heart, what about the patients, malarkey. If "They who are not us" really cared about the patients, things would not be a bad as they are currently.
Someone pick a National Bow Out Day,.....heck, I'll even volunteer to work that day and deal with the mayhem,...until my 16 hour work limit expires! That will give plenty of time for administration to become competent ICU nurses!
We are not talking about patients and visitors going shopping , we are talking about PROFESSIONALS shopping with contaminated scrubs.
I was working the scenario. The first thing I do is hit the produce aisle. I could see me leaning over the peaches to get the the best ones. My scrubs are going to brush against a boat load of peaches.
Realistic or not, paranoid or not...I do NOT want to risk contamination of anything with funky scrubs.
I think it's gross and pretty tacky to wear your scrubs in public. Do you really need to show the whole world that you're a nurse? It's like the guys who wear their military uniform for no reason.
It takes two minutes to go in a washroom and change your clothes after work.
If you have a job that doesn't get cooties on your scrubs, it doesn't bother me. They are no dirtier than the clothes of other people in the store. However, if you've been working with germs all day and probably have some on you, please don't spread them throughout the produce section of your local supermarket -- or anywhere else for that matter.
Gross...to say the carts at Wal Mart are as dirty as clothes with hospital pathogens on them is catchy and hip, but it is just demonstrably false.
I get a wave of nausea seeing people out in public wearing scrubs.
Whenever people try to make me feel bad from swinging by the store to grab milk on my way home, think about all the patients we discharge who have MRSA/VRE etc. Do you think they just stay at home, of course not. They are probably behind you in the check out line
In Mexico nurses are looked down upon. It's such a shock to come to the US where the profession is more respected and pay is higher. That being said I still consider it to be a working class profession compared to that of a doctor. It is physical job not knowledged based.
So you became a nurse but you don't want to take care of patients. Weird. At least in the beginning of your career. Once you get to be my age, four years from retirement, it's normal to want to slow down. I guess different strokes
The best way to avoid bedside care?
Don't become a nurse.
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