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  • May 23 '11

    first off, i have to agree with esme12
    "sounds like someone just wants to start an argurment....."



    op, this part of your post had just about made me come unglued due to it's passive aggressive arrogance and condescension: "am i a recipe for disaster when i begin working as a nurse? should i cut my losses and withdraw from my nursing program so far - (which i enjoy the moderate challenge)"


    the moderate challenge????
    gee, maybe you are just too darn smart to be a nurse.

    but i highly doubt it!

  • May 22 '11

    Alcohol decreases appetite, so alcoholics tend towards malnutrition. Problem here is if they're Thiamine deficient they can get "Wernicke's encephalopathy." It's not common, but costs hospitals and doctors a lot if a recent patient comes down with it, and cheap to avoid.
    The patients (self propelled toxic waste dumps) getting banana bags are used to fluid boluses orally, so rate isn't critical unless there are other concerns.
    I know you're probably screaming "TMI, TMI" by now so I'll shut my fingers up.

  • Apr 10 '11

    Quote from :)CoreyB
    This is not directed at you, but my goodness I wish everyone would stop complaining. I'm really looking forward to being a nurse, and I come to this website to get motivation, and then I see countless posts about hating jobs and how this happened at work and the pay is not enough and I have too many patients BLAH BLAH BLAH...Here is the best advice I can give. If you don't like your job...QUIT. What are people going to tell you in a forum that will make your job better. get real and grow up this is the real world.
    Yet another reason why it would behoove a nursing site to be restricted to actual nurses....

  • Apr 10 '11

    Quote from :)CoreyB
    This is not directed at you, but my goodness I wish everyone would stop complaining. I'm really looking forward to being a nurse, and I come to this website to get motivation, and then I see countless posts about hating jobs and how this happened at work and the pay is not enough and I have too many patients BLAH BLAH BLAH...Here is the best advice I can give. If you don't like your job...QUIT. What are people going to tell you in a forum that will make your job better. get real and grow up this is the real world.
    So, are you prepared to support all the unemployed nurses who take your "advice?" Because that is what will happen in this economy. Jobs are not easy to come by. Most of us have families and households to support. I have news for you: THAT is growing up and dealing with the real world. You work at the job you have until you can find something better. The bills must still be paid. The real world isn't about throwing your hands up and saying "I quit" at the first sign of obstacles and running back to the bank of mom and dad.

    This is a forum for nurses, and nursing is an extremely difficult job. I've done it for the greater part of my life now. Those who come to this forum know nursing from first-line experience, not from a textbook, and it is not easy. The OP has every right to come on a nursing forum and start a thread. If you don't find the thread to be up to your motivational needs, perhaps you should skip over it or start your own thread.

    OP: This is such a common and difficult situation. As someone who teaches students, mentors new grads, and has been doing this for years, there are many factors. First, as a somewhat recent grad, this is fairly common. It took me a year to feel like I really had the right routine for me, and just when you have a perfect routine, the day from hell likes to crop up to keep you humble. Part of it was the reality shock between taking only one patient and then having to manage an entire team. This is why my students today quickly work their way up to taking a full team, and do so for the last three semesters of our program. I don't want them to not realize what they will be doing in real life. Also, part of it is just the reality of the hospital environment today. I think most of us wish things were as you described: we have time to actually spend with our patients, to comfort and to educate. Instead, we are forced to do more with less. I have been lucky enough to work with some great managers who had some tricks for squeezing appropriate staffing from administrative restrictions, but they have been few. Because of all the pressure to do more/faster/with less/perfectly, some units are more stressful than others. Having a truly supportive team is difficult to find, but worth its weight in gold if you do.

    I would consider your options. I do know some nurses who (at the 1 year mark) kept their full-time job and worked three 12-hour shifts. They then joined the float pool at another facility or their own in order to explore new options. This gave them the chance to "try out" different areas and floors. When they found the floor they loved, the waited for an opening. This has worked for three of my friends. Also, this sounds simplistic, but make sure you are taking care of yourself. Plenty of sleep, exercise, nutritious meals, and fun outside of work go a long way towards helping you keep your sanity. Also, don't forget there are many areas of nursing that aren't in a hospital. Good luck in any case.

  • Apr 10 '11

    Quote from :)CoreyB
    This is not directed at you, but my goodness I wish everyone would stop complaining. I'm really looking forward to being a nurse, and I come to this website to get motivation, and then I see countless posts about hating jobs and how this happened at work and the pay is not enough and I have too many patients BLAH BLAH BLAH...Here is the best advice I can give. If you don't like your job...QUIT. What are people going to tell you in a forum that will make your job better. get real and grow up this is the real world.

    I don't want to rain on your parade but if "everyone's complaining" there just might be a reason(s) why. I used to come on this site as a nursing student and was periodically freaked out at how unhappy so many nurses seemed to be. I could have written the original post...I really dislike my job. The work is hard, the hours are long, breaks are nonexistent (sweatshop,sweatshop,sweatshop), the responsibility is huge, the level of autonomy and control is nil, and I don't feel respected, valued, or appreciated by anyone other than a handful of patients. I really want to like nursing. Going into my workplace fills me with dread. So far the rewards are pitifully few.

  • Apr 10 '11

    Corey B,
    While you may utilize this forum to "get motivation" to get through nursing school, please bear in mind others use the forum for different reasons. In this case, the OP needs support and advice from other nurses who have gone through or are going through a similar situation.

    You say that your "best advice" is to tell those who don't like their jobs to simply "QUIT." That is not a mature response to job adversity, and it would be nothing short of career suicide for a new graduate nurse to do this without having another job -- and jobs for new graduate nurses are as scarce as hen's teeth in most parts of the US. I graduated last May from a well respected local university and half of my class was unemployed six months later.

    To the OP: I was in a similar situation, so I totally relate. However, I did not get the extremely valuable tele experience you are getting. Once you have a year or so of that, you can easily get jobs traveling in critical care/ICU or ED, etc. I'm sure you wouldn't just quit without having something better lined up, but if you do find something else I would be sure it's something with tele unless you have no interest in ever doing that sort of nursing again. To be honest, I think it may be too soon to know for certain whether you like this area or not. Part of hating your job may be the first year learning curve, and part of it might be (as others mentioned) seeing how different "real world" nursing is over student clinicals. There's quite a difference, isn't there?

    Hang in there and absorb everything you can. I hated my job the first few months too but I like it more the longer I am there. If you get that crucial year in one area you will be very marketable. If you move around the first year, I think it might end up being problematic for you in the future unless you're moving up, or into an area in which you are more interested. Best of luck!




    Quote from :)CoreyB
    This is not directed at you, but my goodness I wish everyone would stop complaining. I'm really looking forward to being a nurse, and I come to this website to get motivation, and then I see countless posts about hating jobs and how this happened at work and the pay is not enough and I have too many patients BLAH BLAH BLAH...Here is the best advice I can give. If you don't like your job...QUIT. What are people going to tell you in a forum that will make your job better. get real and grow up this is the real world.

  • Apr 10 '11

    "This is not directed at you, but my goodness I wish everyone would stop complaining. I'm really looking forward to being a nurse, and I come to this website to get motivation, and then I see countless posts about hating jobs and how this happened at work and the pay is not enough and I have too many patients BLAH BLAH BLAH...Here is the best advice I can give. If you don't like your job...QUIT. What are people going to tell you in a forum that will make your job better. get real and grow up this is the real world."

    DO NOT insult a nurse about being a nurse when you are not one yourself. You have no idea what it is like until you are in those exact shoes.

  • Nov 17 '10

    When I add up all the pro's and cons of the nursing world the pro's always outstrip the cons for me but I thought I would share some of my loves and hates of the jobs in the hope that people will add theirs.

    I love just being a nurse and after 25 years nursing still get a sense of pride when someone asks me what I do and I answer "I am a nurse". To this day when I put my uniform on I feel a deep sense of pride and believe that what we as nurses do is unique.

    I love being able to make a difference - knowing what to do when someone critically ill comes through the door. All that training and experience means that when someone is frightened, sick and in need of care, reassurance and fast effective treatment then we know exactly what to do. I sometimes look at the sea of frightened faces that surrounds you in an emergency situation and know that we as nurses make a difference.

    I love being the person that reassures, comforts and takes care of the patient. I love it when a very simple act like giving an elderly patient a drink or a blanket results in them holding my hand and thanking me. For me nothing in the world beats that feeling of knowing that the patient felt safer or more comfortable.

    I love that there is so much diversity in our profession and so much opportunity to find a niche. The nursing world needs so many different types and personalities to fill the variety or roles that there really is a place for everyone.

    I love knowing that what we do and just as importantly how we do it can markedly impact on a patients experience. I love mentoring and training student and newly qualified nurses and seeing them grow and rise up the ranks. I take a huge amount of pride in their accomplishments and love it when they outrank me!

    BUT.......

    I hate that on so many levels what we do is not valued. In comparison to other emergency services our pay is low and currently once again our pensions are under threat. One of my closest friends is a police officer and in addition to pay they receive a number of job benefits like free travel and subsidised housing - Im not saying they shouldnt have them but some equality would be nice.

    I hate that because we are a caring profession our patient loyalty is misused. How many times have we stayed late knowing it is unsafe to leave. Many colleagues routinely add an extra hour to their shifts because they don't feel they can safely leave until the work is done.

    I hate that there are never enough resources and much of my shift is spent searching for working basic equipment like a thermometer and yet there seems to be money available to buy super specialised equipment that collects dust on a shelf.

    I hate that for a caring profession we don't seem to care about each other. I hear nurses being grilled when they have had to phone in sick and a sense of loyalty results in nurses pushing themselves to come back when not fully recovered as we are all too aware of the consequences of leaving the shift short. I have seen so many good, capable nurses physically or emotionally burned out by the profession and wonder when we will learn that you can only work nurses so hard for so long before something gives.

    I hate impossible targets set by people that have no real idea about the true working of a nursing environment. I hate that on occasions these targets seem more important than the people that really matter our patients. I hate that there are never enough beds and there is a constant pressure to get patients fixed quickly and back home freeing up a bed. I hate it when patients become a percentage target rather than individuals.

    I am sure I have many many more but these are a few of my love and hates for starters. For me there is no greater profession than nursing and no better reward than seeing a sick patient get well but its fair to say our profession is not without its challenges. I would love to hear other peoples...................

  • Nov 17 '10

    eh hospitals are not hurting nearly as bad as you think or they claim. Not for profits are making money hand over fist.

    On Top of Tax Breaks, Nonprofit Hospitals Reap Big Profits - Health Blog - WSJ

    You can also check out Crains List to see year over year profit increases. Last I looked (yesterday) they are still making profits and even greater profits than last year. Granted not all are but a lot are making huge money. Don't let them bs you.

    It boils down to the fact that there is a glut of RN's and hospitals can be stingy now



    Quote from RoseanneMartin
    My husband works for a company that provides hospitals with revenue generating services. He tells me that its a very difficult time for many hospitals. From what I've seen, all the hospitals closing down around me is evidence of that.

    The govt. isnt reimbursing all the costs that medicare/medicaid patients cost the hospital, the uninsured being serviced in the ER takes away revenue, medical coding isnt always the best so reimbursement is screwed up, insurance companies deny claims they shouldnt so the hospital eats the bill, etc.

    I'm not going to sit here and say it isnt greed or that the CEO has to show the board that the hospital is profitable...I really dont know. All I know is that its a turbulent time and we thought medicine was safe from the effects of recession or govt. so its a scary thing.

    Also, to top it off, everyone has been crying 'nurse shortage' for years, and now markets are saturated with RNs. Its an employer's advantage. I say, get a specialty if you can handle more school!

    I'm a nursing student and I'm just bracing to be treated like a number until I can get a specialty or start my own business. I hate it that nurses can be underappreciated b/c of the value of the person and job, but after all this reading, I'm finding that it seems like that

  • Nov 17 '10

    Dear offended people of all ages,

    We are not talking about you. When you read a "vent" post, please note the use of such words and phrases as "some", "not all" and "exceptions". Based on the posts I read from you detailing your long, hard struggle through life to get where you are today, I can categorically say that without exception YOU are the reason we do not say "all" and "everyone". You are the role models for the "some" who's thoroughly unacceptable behavior we are talking about!!

    If a vent contains keywords that grab your attention - it's because it just so happens that a lot of people haven't learned the word "moderation" that you have. If you have a very tasteful piercing or tat, a light spritz of body spray, a bit of blush and mascara, a flattering scrub top, or any other obviously normal thing, there really is no need to rush to the defense of that person who wants to wear 3 pounds of hardware on their body, douse themselves with Axe or Pear/Honeysuckle oil, or do up their eyes like Liza Minnelli in Cabaret., or have a hot pink whale tail thong peeking out the top of her low-risers.

    If a vent contains criticism of parents who use their children as an excuse to slack at work, we are not talking about your child that has a 104 temp and is making a hideous rasping noise when he breathes! Go take care of your child! Please! We arent't talking about you!!I really can think of more of these - maybe others can relate to this - Instead of getting Offended on behalf of the people who make you look bad because you happen to share a characteristic with them - a bit of guidance to steer them in the right direction or a "this is how I did it" thread would be a lot more helpful than your story wedged into a thread that is not talking about you.

    Lest anyone get offended because the examples above normally apply to younger people - the same applies to the behavior of us oldsters as well. Thank you for reading.

  • Nov 17 '10

    Personally, I wouldn't care. I know I'm neither lazy nor crabby. Why would I care about comments that couldn't possibly be directed toward me?

  • Aug 26 '10

    Quote from loving2
    Then she made what I feel are VERY inappropriate and unprofessional racial remarks about foreign nurses. She covered her remarks by saying it's a "cultural thing".

    Is this the lady who interviewed you?

  • Aug 4 '10

    Inappropriate and none of their dam business.

  • Jan 26 '10

    Wow. (warning to all - speculation to follow) I see this patient as a whiny spoiled mama's boy brat who chooses not to mix with the riff-raff, he views you and the doctor more or less as "the help", or the maitre-D who happily kisses his @ss and fetches him from the lounge when his table is ready. He feels no particular need to tell anyone what his car looks like, because it's a Lexus with all the trick goodies in it like massaging seats.

    He wasn't happy with the service, so he sent Mommy in to help. Both of them complained about the crappy customer service, so the staff sold you down the river, including an NP who is either stupid or malicious. I'm gonna take a wild guess that she has a financial stake in this, why else would a fellow nurse stab you in the back like that? They don't even have the &*^%* courtesy to let you know up front the guy is not in the waiting room as you call repeatedly. They -s-ck, real bad.

    The only other possible reason for this happening is that the guy really did come back and check, and the receptionist withheld that information from you for God knows what reason. Or that he did describe his car to the receptionist who again would be trying to sabotage you.

    Sorry for the rant, the speculation, etc. just makes me so angry. . . OP- the NP is full of it. I wouldn't sign it either.

  • Oct 11 '09

    Very intersting thread. Speaking only for myself however when it comes to palliative care all I want is pain meds, and lots of them.


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