brandy1017 26,796 Views
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Thank you! It's a vindication for all of us ADN's out there doing the same job as a BSN. If the hospitals really want BSN's let them pay for them ie full tuition reimbursement, not a piddly $2,000 year!
I admit I have called off due to no sleep myself. I know others who work with no sleep or get only 3-4 hours and come to work. I'm not one of them. I don't feel that is safe. I've read someone with lack of sleep is similar to a drunk person in reaction time.
That said you have to find a way to get the sleep you need because you can't make it a habit to call in for lack of sleep. I wouldn't mention it to anyone because I doubt others would be sympathetic.
There is a culture in nursing to come to work no matter what and just tough it out, kind of like the military and management plays on this and uses this to get staff to work overtime rather than hire more staff. When you've been a nurse for a while you realize there is a never ending shortage of staff with constant pressure to work extra. I learned pretty quick to just not answer the phone.
As for your insomnia, perhaps talking to you Dr for a sleep aid would be a good idea. Rotating shifts are really bad for establishing a regular sleep schedule. Hopefully you can find a solution that works for you.
I totally understand how an anxious person's mood can rub off on you and make you feel anxious. Is your stress because you don't know the right answer to the questions or just feeling overworked and overwhelmed by the call volume? I'm experienced know what to do but feel anxious and overwhelmed at times. I finally talked to my Dr and was given xanax. It has really helped me stay calm, function better and also helped ease my anger and frustration. Part of me feels weak for needing meds, but the other part of me wished I had asked for something years ago because I feel so much better and it makes work more manageable. I don't have to dread it. I don't take it every day and only take it if I feel I need it. I've read klonopin may be a better choice than xanax because it works slower and lasts longer.
If only that first nurse had questioned why she needed to draw up 10 vials rather than consider that a vial was a single dose! So tragic! Fortunately the computerized med scanning system is preventing many possible med errors as long as it is used! When people skip scanning the meds in an emergency or feeling rushed that is when a med error could happen. If only such a system was in use both of these errors probably would have been prevented!
I agree when and if you make a mistake it is important to be honest about it and take quick action to try to avert any danger and save the patient! A nurse I worked with once put capsacin gel on a patients leg wounds not realizing it was the wrong thing and was used for arthritis, it causes a burning sensation. She denied it even though it was obvious what happened and that patient suffered pain and injury from the wrong cream. If there had been a med scanning system this could have been prevented! If you don't know what something is or does double check before giving it! Even more tragic I remember reading about an error that lead to a young pregnant mother's death when an overworked and tired nurse skipped the med scan and ended up giving a lethal dose of a med. Criminal charges were filed against her even though it wasn't intentional! Please use the med scanning system! It will protect your patient and you and your license!
So far we only have our first name and RN on our badges, but a local competitor has both first and last names on their badges which I'm glad we don't do. Would be worried about a stalker situation. So far only recent new grads have had to sign a contract to get their BSN or lose their job after three years. They need to do this while working full time. Many are already in lots of student loan debt from either expensive private colleges or getting an ADN as a second degree after getting a prior Bachelors in another field. I feel for them. Admin hasn't tried to force other RN's to get a BSN, although I have heard this has happened in some places around the country.
The unit manager is responsible for ordering equipment and I think it is a common trend in many places to keep the budget down by refusing to order needed supplies. When the budget is kept down the manager gets a bonus. Corporate healthcare at its finest!
I really doubt that the majority of MA prepared nurses are staying at the bedside for personal fulfillment! I think many either were unable to transition to the career/job they had hoped for or found out the pay wasn't adequate to live on and decided to just stay bedside. It is ironic that hospital management is concerned over too many people going back to school, but they obviously realize it is not cost effective to pay for education that is really not necessary for their nurses. Going back to school for personal fulfillment is a pretty expensive hobby, and I think a person should consider whether they can actually afford it before signing up for more school! Society pushes more schooling as the answer to career advancement because it doesn't want to face the reality that what is needed is more unions and more jobs that pay a living wage. But the end result is a bunch of over educated, indebted people stuck in low wage jobs. Nursing is one of the few jobs out there that pays a living wage and that is why so many people are jumping on the nurse bandwagon! I think many of the people going back to school may live to regret it when they are struggling to pay back the student loans and realize they don't have the money they need for life and for retirement!
That is what caller ID is for!
In response to the OP that being a nurse is just a robot following Dr's orders. I disagree it is not the Dr that is the problem it is the computer big brother micromanaging everything you do, questioning the meds you give, demanding excessive documentation just because you can.
I went into nursing to both help others and have a "feel good" career, while making a living wage. The reality is disheartening, excessive stress combined with micromanagement,short staffing and inadequate equipment just so the corporate healthcare suits can get their bonuses and excessive salaries at our expense! It is a real letdown!
I feel sorry for the new nurses that never knew what it was like when you actually had time to care for your patients and had a benevolent employer where profit didn't rule. I miss the good old days!
I'm so tired of hearing about bullying . . . life is too short to be looking for bullies every where you go. Sounds like the OP got some negative feedback so she quit her job. Not all feedback is positive, and I doubt the new job will be all rainbows and butterflies either. But bullying? Sorry, no. Negative feedback (and it sounds like there was just one incident of it) is not bullying. Not even close.
No I value my sleep too much! Not to mention I'm not a workaholic, plus I'd never want to be in as much debt as it would take to be a Dr! And now even the doctors are as henpecked as we are with administration, not to mention patient satisfaction ratings. No Thanks!
The young ones advance the clinical ladder because they see dollar signs; the older ones no it's a big scam so aren't in a hurry to join the herd. I don't think its worth the time, energy and stress of all the busy work to get and then keep the one time raise. Our facility has a demotion clause in the agreement, basically you jump thru all these hoops for a one-time tiny raise which they then hold over your head for evermore. They give you a raise but reserve the right to demote you and take it away! If that's not the most disrespectful thing I've ever heard of. Only in nursing would you get a raise with the threat of a demotion in the same sentence. The smart ones refuse to climb the ladder when they are being treated with such blatent disrespect. They want you to be certified and join nursing organizations but with your own money of course, their so cheap they even refuse to reimburse you!
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