silentRN 7,609 Views
Joined May 19, '08.
Posts: 643 (35% Liked)
The longer you are a nurse, the less compassionate you will be. We all get burned out, and we are only human. You don't need compassion to do the job, but you need to have common sense and be smart enough to do the job. You don't need to be compassionate to know that a patient needs pain meds or that a patient needs to be turned or that a levophed gtts needs to be started. Nursing education is kinda a joke, which emphasizes on caring and compassion; because it doesn't teach you real world application and you learn how to think once you have a job.
I wonder how many dirty looks you guys get when you walk into a place...
My answer is still the same as it was a year ago when I responded to this post...nursing still sucks, and it's just gonna suck even more.
There seems to just be a high turnover rate no matter where you end up. Lately, I've seen a very high turn over rate that I have never seen in the past 7 years in our ICUs, and like you, there are a good share of new grads taking up those places. Healthcare isn't really about patient care anymore, but rather patient satisfaction scores, which all ties into reimbursement. Hospitals seem to care less about educating us nurses anymore (we don't even have a nurse educator nor a CNS, and I work at a "teaching" hospital), but rather they would cheaply fill the void as long as the patient surveys come back with good numbers. Anymore, ICU seems like a joke. The skill set has been really dumbed down, and it feels more like an adult baby sitting unit. We are just expensive baby sitters. Would you like a blanket?
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