limerick1913 1,901 Views
Joined Apr 5, '09 - from 'Baldwin, NY'.
limerick1913 is a RN.
He has '4' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'PACU'.
Posts: 57 (26% Liked)
You are preaching to the choir.
I hate nursing, never thought I would say that but after 1.5yrs of working as a floor RN I know this crap is not for me. This job will suck the living life out of you. Your emotional, physical and mental health will suffer along with your family life. I have finally decided to leave the bedside and I've never felt so happy. At only 25 I felt like I was going to be stuck in this state for the rest of my working life but I found the courage to finally make the decision that saved my health and my marriage. I went into nursing with the intention of helping people and being the one to make a difference to those who may feel hopeless. All my intentions were quickly shut down when I started working on the floor. We deal with some unappreciative, sarcastic, rude, egotistical, ******* (patients, family members,physicians,coworkers and managers). There is no care in nursing just bottom line concerns. My first nursing job was ok, I worked in ND at the time, I moved to FL and that gave me the green light to officially leave floor nursing. I hate the anxious feeling before every shift, the nagging family members, pts who are rude self entitled, coworkers who throw eachother under the bus, physicians who disregard concerns, and a whole lot of other things I can elaborate about that is just downright aweful. I'm glad to say my degree didn't completly go to waste as I am now a RN case manager. I believe being away from the bedside will renew my interest. I refuse to live a day dreading having to go to work, nursing has literally changed how I respond to people, before I use to smile at everyone now I walk pass people with my face looking like a pit bull ready to bite. Whenever someone would tell me to smile I though, "wow I have changed for the worst" I refuse to be a martyr for this profession. Taking care of myself is more important than risking it for people who **** on theirs.
We never discharge straight from PACU. All patients go to our short stay observation unit, where those who are ready to be discharged are sent home and those who are felt not ready for discharge can spend the night without having spent most of the day in PACU, where visitors aren't allowed. Also frees up PACU slots for fresh post-op patients.
It does get easier, thats the good news but it does take time.. just remember you are never alone even when off orientation.
That was nice to hear. It is a nice reminder that we all need to remember to thank those around us.... Even for the smallest things they do, because it all matters. Everyone on the team matters.
Yesterday was a busy day and I had two patients who took a lot of my time and I needed a lot of orders for both of them. A young doctor I didn't know well was covering for one of the docs, and after he listened to me describe each problem, ask for orders, and then put in the orders, he walked away down the hall and I called out "thank you!" because he had been very helpful to me. He turned around in the middle of the hall and called back (in front of a lot of other nurses) "No, thank YOU because I know that you nurses are the ones WHO DO ALL OF THE WORK. I come in for 5 minutes a day, but you are here all day. So thank YOU!"
We all applauded.
He's my new favorite doctor
"Are the nurses who complain just plain lazy..." ROFL....
Excuse me while I go make some freshly-popped popcorn and hunker down to watch the self-hanging continue...
After you've been through school, passed the NCLEX, received your registration, AND worked for at least 6 months, then you'll have a better idea what a nurse deals with. Nursing wouldn't be as demanding, except most places are understaffed with too many redundant forms. So yes, nursing is that hard.
What if you're awesome?
Which do you prefer...
1. High patient satisfaction scores OR semi-private rooms?
2. Staff clocking out on time OR bedside report?
3. Quiet at night initiative OR filling the unit with admissions all night long?
Because when you change "OR" to "AND", it doesn't work. You can't have it all. Thank you.
Night Shift Floor Nurse Who Works Her Butt Off But It Never Seems Good Enough.
One way to organize your report is to go through your information by systems (neuro, resp, cardiac, etc) making sure to include lines/drains/tubes where important. Then you can add any important events that happened that shift (Xrays/extra labs/procedures/changes in condition)
You can have an outline that you follow when giving report that reminds you what system/category to talk about next, until you become more comfortable giving an organized report!
Nursing is still the most admired profession in public polls. Folks generally see nurses as overworked, underpaid, and selfless in their devotion to patient care. As a 30-year veteran, I have seen nursing make many transitions, mostly for the good. What disturbs me now is the overmarketing of the profession by schools who see nursing programs as a cash cow. I see many men and women entering the profession because they see it as a steady job with good money. Nursing is still a calling.... folks who think they are getting an easy ride to quick success need to stay out of nursing. I'm tired of hearing students say that they have chosen nursing for the job market or money (let's face it- where else can you come out of a 2-yr college program and enter the market making $50K to start?) We need to leave nursing to the folks who are ready to accept it as it is: hard work, poor working conditions, long hours, and underappreciation from management. The nurses who can't take the heat are dragging us all down...
There is no nursing shortage.
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