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Question is: is this common? How did you land such a gig?
I just quit a job after a month because if nastiness from other nurses. I've been a nurse over two years, but this was my first job in a sub-acute. At age 42, I've had plenty of jobs and have NEVER experienced anything like this place. The training was terrible -- mostly the nurses would just go ahead and do things instead of training me properly. How many times did I hear, "You should know this by now! You're late! You're too slow! The other nurses are going to talk about you!" Ridiculous. I can care less what excuse anyone could come up with to rationalize this atmosphere. On what was supposed to be my last night of training, the BOSS said in front of everyone, "Let's see if she finally gets it or if she's going to crash and burn." I quit the next day. And I didn't crash and burn. Not all nursing jobs are like this. I've had such fantastic luck up until now, including working with level 4 prisoners, who were more respectful than these nurses! I deserve better and so does the next person. Thank you for sharing. In a strange way, my feelings were validated!
I work family practice which is heavy on psych and fat. I've heard every reason under the sun why a person can't shove less food in his pie hole, walk anywhere, or get off of the couch and stop watching Oprah (which causes fibromyalgia BTW). Focus on psych and learn how to look like you are listening while planning your grocery list at the same time.
I couldn't believe it when my facility said pt's have to answer that they were ALWAYS satisfied with their care in order not to get dinged.Most people I talk to say they never give an" always" in a survey even if they were at a 5 star hotel and having the time of their lives!
It is not humanly possible to please everyone ALL of the time.Human beings are not perfect. There is no doubt that the value based purchase model will cost the hospitals.
I work at a great hospital people work hard and care about the pt's.I already feel like we give 100%. Now we are asked to give more.I don't mind working on improvements to pt care,I am all for that, however, I have already seen cut backs and layoffs in my hospital and everyone is getting stressed out and morale is effected.
The government is simply going down the wrong path in order to pay off their debt.
I am not an NP yet. However, I am in the same situation you are in. I have decided that I will quit my RN job once clinicals gets too heavy. I want to focus on my studies and build my competency while I have my preceptor within my reach. Once you get your NP license, your employer will not have the kind of orientation that you get when you started your first RN job. They will expect that you know your stuff and are ready to work. Therefore, I believe that we owe it to ourselves, our families and future patients that when we graduate; we are competent NPs. We have invested so much time, energy, money, and made sacrifices already. Good luck! Keep me updated and I will cheer you on. Let's graduate together!
And remember, a lot of people decide to go to grad school and be NP's, because they can't seem to get any traction as a nurse ...nurses are far too busy undermining each other, writing each other up, and all that ridiculous CRAP. For me, I know it would take me YEARS to get ahead due to all of the politics, all of the favoritism ... and I don't have "years" as i am getting older. If anything, that is what I hope to get away from ...not necessarily patient care. Oh, and 12 hour shifts. . . maybe. Hopefully.
I am not satisfied. I feel overworked, underpaid and underutilised. I got into nursing because I wanted to help people and make a difference in their lives. 2+ yrs in and I just want to get out. Nursing school did not prepare me for the realities of nursing.
I had a prior career and now 25 years in nursing. Most of my nursing has been bedside but now I am in case management. I like it for what it is (good pay, steady hours, no w/e, nights, holidays, no on call). I enjoy the use of my knowledge base. I get my life enjoyment from my family and hobbies (yoga, knitting, reading, travel).
That probably doesn't sound like much of an endorsement for a nursing career but I'm just happy I have a job I can do and good benefits. I think we are in the age of "lowered expectations".
hahahaha! Also great to hear as you walk in the door at home ... "oh, so glad that you're home, now we can tackle that clogged toilet, clean the crayon off the wall, jr has a fever, history project, fill in the blank."
Bicycle vs. pavement, ETOH on board, coming to room 15!
"That quad in Room X is having a colonoscopy tomorrow. He started the GoLytely about an hour ago."
I will say that I have met a few nurses (from various specialty practice areas) who seem to regard any deterioration in a patient's condition as the personal fault of someone, somewhere. This is unrealistic, unproductive, and unprofessional. It does reflect the culture of the society at large, but it is a shame when health care practitioners can't use their education and experience to grasp the reality that illness/injury are not always someone else's fault.
at the end of the day it doesn't matter to anyone else how many gi bleeds, pe's, dvts, fluid overload you caught or suicidal/psychotic pts you kept safe. what matters is how fast you got the chairs for the visitors. that's what you will get e-mails about.
I actually had a lovely little old man thank all of us for "waiting on me so nice."
at the end of the day it doesn't matter to anyone else how many gi bleeds, pe's, dvts, fluid overload you caught or suicidal/psychotic pts you kept safe. what matters is how fast you got the chairs for the visitors. that's what you will get e-mails about. i UNDERSTAND that the public is too ignorant or doesn't understand that we aren't just hospital waitresses, but when your own managment doesn't understand that you didn't run into a room with a chair because you were trying to save someone's life, then it is a issue. and that is the big lack of respect. not the lack of respect from the drug seeker who whines that the q1min dilaudid(exageration) wasn't given on time, but that your own nursing manager doesn't understand that you weren't exactly sitting around reading magazines instead of getting him his prn meds.......
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