Leesha, ADN, BSN, CNA, LPN, RN 3,042 Views
Joined Aug 8, '07.
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After a long career of 6 years as a medical tele floor RN (I started late at age 63), I moved into Red Cross Disaster Health Services. A far cry from and a cake walk compared to floor nursing, it is nonetheless just as rewarding. It is more akin to public health nursing (or s I'm told). I have gotten and continue to get tremendous satisfaction in helping disaster victims with their unmet medical needs: getting meds and durable medical goods replaced that were lost in a disaster.
You're going to get burned out in record time working like that. If you have a land line and don't have caller ID, I suggest you invest in it now, so you can just not answer the phone when work calls. Same for the cell phone. Don't answer.
While it is nice to feel needed, for a small time, it will take it's toll on you and I promise you, in the eyes of your employer, you are easily replaced and not valued. They talk a big talk but if they truly valued their employees there's no way they'd treat them this way.
It makes me so **** angry to see veteran nurses taking advantage of newer ones, especially when they should be teaching them that employers will never hire enough additional staff as long as the few work-horses still have a half-a** strong back and a weak heartbeat!!!!
Why do you have to go at 5 AM and leave past midnight?
If it is "doubling", set limits as above. If it is your charting, tying loose ends, etc., then you even more have to put accents on developing organization and prioritization skills and limiting total load.
Your working 100 hours/week does NOT benefit you, your patients, your colleagues or even your employer, ultimately. Neither medical mustakes, nor playing with employment laws sounds like fun and great idea. You put your own life, as well as others', on line by doing that. So just stop it. Right now, this very moment.
This is not normal. By working those extra hours you are allowing your facility to get out of hiring, and paying benefits for a much needed nurse. Their understaffing is their problem. Don't make it yours.
Learn the power of "no". What are they going to do? Fire you and free you up for a better job? Probably not, since they need all the staff they can keep.
Work your agreed upon hours from now on and put some of that overtime money into a savings/freedom fund.
Oh, and "is it normal?" It may be normal to be asked, depending on the culture of the particular facility. Is it normal to accept that many hours? No. I have worked <16 extra hours total over the course of 3 years, because I am comfortable declining "offers."
I'm telling you, stop being nervous to say "no." The sooner you start taking care of you, the easier your life will be. Self care is SO important for us nurses, because we give so much while at work...and at home if we have families or even pets.
You matter. Own that.
Pretty sure that your employer is in violation of labor laws by allowing you to work all those hours. Pretty sure also that you are not working safely as a nurse. How could you be? 4 hours of sleep per night? 17 hour shifts??? Absolutely NOT normal working hours.
You are only human and your body will not sustain this kind of pace for very long. You have to decide how many (if any) shifts outside of your assigned shifts that you WANT to work. Then stick to it. As long as you allow yourself to be run over in this way, you will be.
In addition, the "being understaffed" will not change until management is forced to change it. If you (and others) continue to fill in holes in the schedule, they will never hire more nurses.
Stop taking those extra shifts! You are teaching those who ask that you won't say no, and they know now who they can sucker into it. Your body and patient care will suffer if you keep this up. Stop it!
Practice in the mirror if you have to, and remember "No" is a complete sentence.
You are making the right decision to move on. In the meantime.. keep telling yourself this is a temporary situation. When in this situation, I used my sense of humor to get through.
Best of luck, let us know how it turned out.
Find new job, then quit. The sooner the better because if you wait too long, you'll be apt to take anything just to get out of there, which, of course, is likely to result in a job in yet another toxic environment.
I have a confession to make.
I will understand if, after reading my article, you see me in a different, less flattering light. The goal of this article is not for me to make friends though. Instead, I hope to share a part of my life story that might help someone avoid becoming burnt out of our profession like I did.
Please understand, I am by no means proud of the things I am about to tell you and I am not suggesting you do what I did. The most ideal reaction I could receive from you is for you to read the article, roll your eyes and proclaim "I'd never do that."
Now for my confession: I was what people in our profession call a diva nurse. I started being one in nursing school and it continued through the first five years of my career.
Feeling disappointed? Think this confession is somewhat anticlimactic? Let me expand upon what kind of diva nurse I was.
I was the diva nurse who:
To be fair, it does sound like she included herself when she said that people who don't pass the first time shouldn't be nurses. If she'd said that the "rule" shouldn't apply to her, only to others, now that would have been offensive. As it was said, it's simply her opinion and she has the right to have one.
I agree, it was honestly just the most recent example that had me thinking about it again, one example of many that I have heard. I think my main issue is I would hate for that to transfer to the workplace, not that these specific people were bad or weren't allowed to have an opinion.
Talking about/gossiping about someone behind their back isn't very classy, but trust me; it's not unique to nursing students. People of all ages and different careers do it.
Well that certainly wasn't answering my question, and everyone can have their opinion on zoos. I think the point was first of all that I couldn't help but overhear them as I was sitting right next to their table, and it was one example that I've heard of many, just the most recent one which is why I picked it.
Your unit's problem is YOUR problem. Whatever is making so many nurses leave... is a major concern.
Certainly the grass is not always greener.. but YOUR grass is on fire. Feel free to stay.. but if 13 other nurses couldn't find the motivation... I can't tell you where to look.
Best of luck with that.
It is a managers problem to fix when all of their staff are leaving. We know what the problems are and have made them aware but they are not fixing it. I'm not unhappy there nor have I said that I was. I am sad and discouraged that so many good nurses are leaving. I'm trying to stay positive among so much negativity. This is a forum to discuss these things among peers but not to get slammed with judgements. Maybe we should all just post about rainbows and unicorns?
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