Hygiene Queen, RN Guide 28,734 Views
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However, in my 13 years I have found that the ones who do well in school only are nurses for the money. The ones who truly have a heart and passion for it are forced to quit or flunk out. Most of the time it is because of instructors.
And, I don't think me stating that I would stick up for myself (or others) against bullying therefore makes me a bully, but again, that's just my perception of the situation.
Several come to mind. Inpatient geropsych unit in a metropolitan hospital, female patient who seemed to have her days and nights inverted, resisted being put to bed at night. Would walk the halls checking doors and looking in rooms. Found out after talking to family members that she was a retired RN who worked night shift for many years. I noticed that when she checked doors, it wasn't as if she was trying to escape the unit, but rather that she was checking to make sure that the doors were secured. If we let her sit in the nurse station for a few minutes and arrange papers, she was much happier because she believed that she was helping.
I've always been like that to a degree and on one hand, I sometimes yearned to fit in better, and on the other hand I was glad I was not part of any hurt feelings or arguments that often come with workplace "friends". I never got a birthday potluck, that all my coworkers did, until a newer employee realized this. It took 12 years, but hey.
It was not that I was actively disliked. I was not. I just was not accessible. I was polite, did my work, helped others and was known for being funny as hell, but did I ever ask anyone out for lunch? Nope. Did I ever drop a friendly text? Nope. What I mean is, are you putting yourself out there and taking a chance. My avoidant little self never allowed me to do such a thing, but I'm certain if I had, I would have fared better.
Is there anything about you that is holding you back? You can't change other people, but maybe reflect what it is you are-- or are not-- bringing to the table.
I hate hearing about people feeling this way. I hope things improve for you.
Try LTC. I know you said you couldn't handle it, but you'd be surprised what you can handle when you have no choice. In the meanwhile, getting a job anywhere outside of nursing (such as retail) can help pay the bills until you find another nursing job. You do what ya gotta do. I know this all too well. Good luck to you.
I worked in psych for a long time and I never, personally, saw anything remotely resembling abuse. I was lucky to work with some really good people and I don't think it would have been tolerated. That doesn't mean it doesn't happen, but it has not been my experience and I would not have worked there for so long if that were the case.
Lying there on crumpled sheets like a discarded tissue, I see him.
I would recommend getting some exposure to healthcare. You can become a CNA at 16, get some patient care experience in a nursing home. That's a good place to start. I knew many many nurses who did this. You could even start off with volunteering, kitchen, housekeeping, activities... just get some exposure to being around patients. Is there a type of medical careers class at your high school wherein you can observe or do volunteer-type classes in a clinical setting? Do it if you can.
You too should write a serial, lol.
... and excessive importance placed on pt satisfaction.
"It was a hot and sultry night as I approached the nursing station for my shift. Though the temperature was oppressively high as I signed in at the computer, I felt a chill at the dark and moody atmosphere oozing from every pore of the unit. This did not bode well..."
I make a point from the patient's point of view as well.
The wrist ones tend to be okay for a layperson to easily track BP's at home, but maybe not the best for a professional who needs to be more accurate.
I agree with a good old fashioned stethoscope and cuff. Besides, you'll want a stethoscope for other assessments anyway.
I always carried my own and, therefore, never had to worry about who had the machine or if the machine was skewed.
The dial goes in increments of 2. Really look at your dial and you'll see this. If you start at, say, 80 and count in 2's ("80, 82, 84, etc.) you'll see you'll be right on the mark when you hit 90.
The only time you'll see odd numbers is when an automated cuff is used. You cannot have odd numbers with a manual as it is only incremented in 2's.
We knew when a lazy (and stupid) CNA was lying about vitals when they gave us odd numbered BP's with a manual
I'm with you, bud.
I don't even bother to read those things!
I also hate stock photos of nurses smiling and holding clipboards while wearing a pristine lab coat and perfectly perfect hair. A stethoscope is neatly placed on their neck.
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