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    audreysmagic, brownbook, and wondern like this.

    Quote from wannabenycnurse2011
    This is not really a rant...just random musings. Why does every nursing organization want to push every floor nurse to be charge, a nurse leader or running the practice council? I know this isn't unique to nursing. You see articles all the time "Traits of Leaders" or "How to be a Leader." Job interviews constantly ask, "have you done charge?" "have you run any committees?" "do you want to be in leadership?" I have had managers ask this all the time.

    But what if I don't WANT to be a leader. Being a leader and being an influencer are two different things. I will also speak up for myself and my fellow nurses. I attend practice council, other meetings and am vocal. I believe in educating myself and keeping current. Why isn't that enough? Why can't I provide excellent care as a floor nurse and go home to my family? Why does everyone push for nursing (or the job) to be all-consuming? When I am on the floor, I give my 100%. But when I go home, I want to unplug.

    Does anyone else feel the same way? Just my thoughts lol...
    Funny I've never been asked to be a leader, let alone if I wanted to, I wonder should I be jealous. lol You could consider it a compliment. Charge is a duty we all share on the night shift and weekends. Usually the new young nurses volunteer for committees to gain brownie points and climb the clinical ladder. Many of us simply don't want to be managers and that's fine, there aren't that many management jobs to go around in one organization anyway. Let the ones who want it fight over it.

    I'm guessing you work for a magnet hospital and they are probably trying to drum up business for committee volunteers. Politely beg off if you aren't interested or don't have the time. But it looks nice on a resume or an NP application and can allow you to network with the leaders/admin in your hospital which could always help if you wanted to get another job in the hospital. It never hurts to have friends in high places and can certainly help in times of need. Just something to think about.

    As to our society's emphasis on management, it is one of the few jobs out there that is good paying and also well respected. If someone succeeds in climbing the ladder to the top the sky's the limit! From a six figure income to millions while the average "household" income is less than $60,000 and that's with two wage earners.

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    Davey Do likes this.

    Jeopardy! It's what our social studies teacher always used in school to teach us. It made learning fun, especially if you were competitive like me.

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    I have one simple suggestion try to google whatever you need info or advice on. I use it regularly for medical info.

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    nrsang97 likes this.

    Quote from Tasern1214
    HR was directly involved, they, along with my hospital administrator, were the ones who advised me to transfer because they couldn't fight for me.
    Why did you receive a pay cut for being transferred? What happened did the surgeon demand you be fired and admin sided with him? Why can't you get your job back now that they finally stood up to him. I would consider getting a lawyer. Wonder if you could have been a whistle blower to medicare re his refusal to follow safe practice? Probably no money to be had though if admin broke down and stopped his refusal to follow protocol.

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    rn1965 likes this.

    I wish you the best and hope things turn out ok. I'm glad your boss and coworkers support you. Take care.

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    brownbook and Davey Do like this.

    Has anyone watched the new Roseanne reboot? I'm not a Republican, let alone a die Hard Trump fan, far from it; but this show is a hoot. Talk about a stress buster! Couldn't stop laughing, a total redneck gut-buster!

    PS Probably shouldn't watch at work, although I suppose someone could sneak it on their I-Phone. But it would be hard to hide because everybody would be wondering what you were laughing about. LOL

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    Quote from Have Nurse
    For me, I go to my office, shut the door and pray, not a long time, just few minutes. I keep my Bible in my drawer. Sometimes I read the Psalms. I also drink some water because dehydrated cells get sleepy and if I am tired, I can get crabbier faster. I also exercise at home so that helps too. I keep a bottle of essential oils in Lavender. That fragrance is relaxing.
    I pray before work begging for a good night and to stay calm when stressed and to get along with my patients, their families and fellow staff and supervisors. But when the **** hits the fan I usually forget to pray. I find a patient's anger or anxiety wears on me and then I just count down the hours till I can clock out. I wish we had valium aerosal dispensers for both the patients and the staff. lol

    I love jasmine and orange oil, sometimes I imbibe on some orange aromatherapy compliments of the hospital! lol I love flowers and keep them around to look at whenever a patient leaves some for the staff. Also I like to listen to music.

    Sweets and soda are my downfall, but when I'm stressed I totally lose my appetite until I clock out, go home, eat breakfast and go to sleep, bad habit I know.

    I once made a self hypnosis video that really helped me overcome my anxiety over sheath pulls. I used to dread them thanks to a few bad experiences in the beginning. They're not my favorite thing, but I can handle them when I have to.

    I love listening to flutes, especially Asian bamboo flute music, very relaxing. You can find all sorts of meditation music and hypnosis videos on youtube. They are worth a try.

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    brownbook, Kitiger, Davey Do, and 1 other like this.

    Quote from K+MgSO4
    I am wayyyy to fond of eating my feelings. I tend to go for cheese or chocolate. I also grind/ clench my teeth at night. I am avoiding the dentist lately. I also hold stress in my shoulders and lower back (I am a mess!!)

    We are doing a biggest loser competition at work which I am in the lead with so far.

    so last night when I got thrown a massive curveball at work I was very proud that I went got take out but instead of a carb heavy gourmet burger and fries I got a plate of green beans to start and then some dumplings. I then used my spiky ball for my shoulders.....but I am not perfect and didn't use my mouthgaurd ������
    I can relate. I used to have a terrible habit of clenching my teeth whenever I was stressed, pretty much all the time. I also had migraines and I'm sure it was related to TMJ from said bad habit. Finally things got so bad I spent $1,000 on botox and voila it cured the clenching habit immediately! Unfortunately it only got rid of the migraines for a month so I never did it again.

    I highly recommend getting a massage to deal with shoulder and back stress. They are wonderful, along with a hot bubble bath or a hot tub soak if you have one!

    Years ago I remember one fun night where we were playing "water guns" squirting saline flushes at each other to blow off steam!

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    jimmygionti likes this.

    I wish you the best. Personally, for me to cope it took going on medication, antidepressants and I've used counseling at times. I do think you should consider both. I doubt being on a committee will fix your burnout. From those I know who have been on committees it was usually a waste in time where nurses were directed by management to fix unsolvable problems like patient satisfaction and patient falls, but without the actual staff and resources necessary to effect change. Most on committees become cynical and or quit.

    That said, I'm sure it will look good on a resume. Also getting a BSN will give you more options besides bedside nursing. I just don't believe bedside nursing is physically and mentally sustainable for the vast majority of us. For those that remain, I see daily many are the walking wounded whether back problems or stress. I usually advise the newer nurses to treat floor nursing as a paid residency, gaining experience, while pursuing other long-term options. I've been in this for over 20 years and have only seen worsening conditions and without mandatory staffing levels like CA I just don't see bedside as a viable long-term option. I choose to remain because I feel I'm too close to retirement to go back to school. I'm simply unwilling to put myself in financial jeopardy of student loans in my 50's and I don't want to be working into my 70's. I've never been a workaholic and I'm looking forward to early retirement!

    You are younger so it makes sense for you to go back to school to increase your job opportunities. I highly recommend it! Please seek out medical care and counseling rather than taking it out on your family and poor dog! For me a pet has been a life saver and I relish my free time to spend with him. Good luck to you and all those who are struggling with burnout.

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    Quote from Workitinurfava
    You are probably hitting the vein but your angle is wrong so the IV comes out of the vein.
    That was my first thought that you are going from too steep an angle. IV's are my weak link too, but I can get them in when the patient has ropes for vein and once in a blue moon I get a hard stick by chance. I was spoiled because we used to have an IV team too, but TPTB got rid of them years ago to save money. I know who the IV experts are and stay on good terms with them when I need help. Otherwise, we just get PICCS or midlines ordered as so many frequent flyers are hard sticks anyway with tiny and/or scarred up veins. I wish I was better with IV's, but I avoid putting them in as I hate feeling like a failure when I miss. It also bothers me because I feel limited that I couldn't get a clinic job, usually the ones that still use RN's require IV skills and administer treatments like chemo or plasmapheresis.

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    Have Nurse and TriciaJ like this.

    You're a good storyteller, makes me want to take a vacation and check out Maine. Looking forward to more installments! I've only worked as a floor nurse, but am curious to learn about others experiences. I've worked with several travelers some young and old and they all have their own unique history to share. Some do it only for a short stint and others make it a lifelong career. Thank you for sharing your experiences and letting us live vicariously through them.

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    rn1965 likes this.

    Five minutes, but I've done it in four! LOL Love my sleep time, glad I don't have to waste it driving! Before I bought my house I lived 20 minutes away, but then worked 8-hour shifts. Have a love-hate relationship with 12-hour shifts, love when they're over, but hate the rushed feeling between shifts, then I wish I was only 8 hours.

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    I love the Wrongway Regional Medical Center I can so relate! And keeping them alive till 7:05 because death is too much paperwork!

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    I don't understand why ICU is your dream job and yet you are going for your NP as they are too different jobs and unless you are going for Acute Care NP you will be working in an office setting most likely. So many people have stars in their eyes re their dream job and are not realistic. Not everyone can be an ICU nurse, not everyone should be.

    The fact that they are offering you another position shows they value you, but feel you aren't ready for ICU. You are not being thrown under the bus, rather the opposite because they are giving you a chance at another job. If you really felt ICU was for you then you could always try again after you had more cardiac step down experience. It is really a blessing when they offer you another job. Stop thinking of it as a demotion and give it a chance. Hospitals generally hire ICU nurses on contingency and if they feel they aren't up to the challenge they transfer them to a less acute position. That gives them time to learn more at a less stressful pace. I have worked with several who later were successful as ICU nurses and others who decided ICU wasn't really for them.

    Lastly a BSN doesn't make a difference in floor nursing. Most of the extra classes are in management and not relevant to hands on nursing. Experience trumps education as a bedside nurse. But a BSN does give you more options and the chance to move forward with an NP, for instance, like you are doing. I'm curious though if ICU was your dream job and you wanted to be a floor nurse why the rush to NP school? These are two different jobs. Personally I think a few years of nursing experience would be beneficial for the transition to NP and make the learning process and clinicals easier.

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    Here.I.Stand, canoehead, TriciaJ, and 5 others like this.

    Quote from magordon
    Thank you. Let me point out that I am not management, I just happened to be standing in for the charge nurse the day that management came by to talk numbers and graphs. I did point out to them at the time that if they were to be the ones patrolling the hallway it is going to make everyone uncomfortable. I think my next place is to look for evidence in the negative.

    I think that a valid idea would be our report as we do now and then a safety bedside check/doorway if patients are sleeping. Our hospital is currently focused on patient satisfaction scores and not staff satisfaction or safety. And the more comments I am reading from those of you with experience makes me think that this will be unsafe and is going to increase the incremental overtime that they are always trying to cut down on.

    I think that this week I will time my reports and see how long they take on average and then do an attempt at bedside reporting to compare. I think that maybe if I show that there will be an increase in overtime pay we can try and get this pushed away again.

    Please keep commenting.

    I only mentioned pizza party because that seems to be the only way we are rewarded for anything. And I couldn't think of an alternative on the fly.
    (and a pony ride would be so much better! But my EVS staff would kill me!!)
    Sounds like you were chosen as the token RN in management's relentless pursuit of forcing bedside report because of the mistaken belief it will raise patient satisfaction. Let's be reasonable, patient acuity is higher than ever, it only makes sense to be able to sit and give report where there are no distractions. When you do bedside report you are more like an actor standing there trying to engage the patient who will inevitably take that moment to need to go to the bathroom or want something to drink. So instead of concentrating on the report staff will find themselves catering to customer service. It is distracting, disrespectful and a waste of time.

    It is one thing to get the report first and then do a meet and greet and quick handoff with the patient, that is the only thing that makes sense, but management won't see that in their insistence that this will somehow raise patient staffing scores.

    All I can say is good luck and if 15 times failed, 16 won't change things either! Why don't they listen to the nurses and stop trying to coerce them even to the point of scripting! We are not at McDonalds!