BedsideNurse 2,467 Views
Joined Sep 12, '09.
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I get that things are getting confusing, especially now that we've went from "you're born that way" to "you are whatever you say you are, and it's fluid." regarding orientation and gender, but I honestly doubt anyone--including grade schoolers--needs to have words like gay and bisexual defined. My kids are in high school and they've been inundated with gay and trans EDU near daily since about 4th grade. But even for the older nurses, unless they live under a rock, (and maybe even then), I think we all have that down. Just sayin.'
People also used to respect clergy, police officers, teachers, the military, and the president for that matter. Today almost nothing is sacred and the lack of respect for anyone is on the rise. It's called a rotting culture and I don't see that getting better. Nursing is rewarding in a lot of ways, but if you are looking to feel respected day in and day out you will wind up disappointed.
So funny!! Only three days a week! hahaha
I love/hate them. I too work nights. I basically spend my life mean, moody, sleep deprived and grouchy, in a dark and dirty house, not knowing one day from the next. But only on three days a week.
I used to like 12 shifts but now that I'm older they wear me out and prefer 8's, but only if not full time. 5 days a week is too many days at the hospital!
Ratio laws are meaningless in MA. The hospitals use bogus acuity tools and nurses in ICU get tripled up all the time. If there is a way hospitals here can wiggle out of ratios they will and they do and it sucks. I was so happy when the law passed and now it's clear it doesn't mean anything here. The nurses union has helped zero with enforcing staffing ratios. Very disappointing for nursing and most of all for the patients.
Before you quit you should keep in mind that CNA experience will help you in your psych endeavors, as CNA's are on the front lines. Not only do they provide necessary basic nursing care, they deal with difficult patients and families, life and death situations, acute and chronic illness and injury, sad scenarios, surprising recoveries, abusers and the abused, depression, anxiety, addiction...and that's a really short list. If you can try to power through the anxiety of being new and uncomfortable (and are willing to come to terms with the chronic understaffing you are guaranteed as a tech) you may find yourself deriving some satisfaction from the work, as well as learning a lot you can extrapolate to clinical psychology.
Incidentally, working in psych can be very overwhelming as well, from what I've seen. I've known a number of people that went to school for psych for years on end, but then when they had to start dealing with psych patients in a clinical setting they quit school, saying it wasn't what they thought, it was too stressful, not for them, etc... Not wanting to sound downtrodden, but if you haven't, make sure you do some self evaluation and are clear at what people actually do as clinical psychologists. I guess it goes without saying, but it isn't a walk in the park either. All patient care has some common denominators.
It sounds like their every other weekend policy isn't really the policy for everyone, so it would seem you have a chance to get your Sundays off. Also, if that was an agreement during hire I would think you could bring it up to your boss.
I've never seen a place that was flexible about the weekends. In all the hospitals and other facilities I've worked at, everyone except management rotated every other weekend, and where I'm at now, you can't even request one of your weekend days off. You have to find (non existent) coverage yourself. It sucks because, basically, if anything comes up that you'd like to go to on your weekend, a concert, a child's recital, a sporting event, whatever, you're pretty much screwed. :/
But as far as church goes, until it gets sorted out, you could go to church on your Sunday off, and then on the Sunday's you work just watch church online with the family Sunday night, vs. being stressed about being late for work and dealing with potentially irate coworkers waiting for you, etc...Good luck.
That is inexplicable and totally (Twilight Zone) weird!
Doesn't sound like he would have taken it, but maybe in the future if a kid has a serious temp ask the parent if you can give Tylenol while they are on the way....What a horrible day; a lot of variables out of your control but I know it's still upsetting. :/ It's not your fault, but I can see why the parents were upset. I'd be freaked out too if I came in the office and my kid was seizing, although I wouldn't be asking what'd you do to him. It sounds like the student was coming around ok by the time he left, so glad everything is probably okay. What a bummer.
I can't even imagine how bad it would have been if I would have started out in ICU as a new grad. I probably would have been booted out before the first day was done (seriously). Luckily I worked a couple of years on general type floors & then a year and a half on a (super sick) step down unit. Thank God I did all that because 1) I would have crashed and burned in ICU as a new nurse, and 2) with that little bit of experience it was a (nearly) painless/seamless transition into ICU. I say trust your gut. If it doesn't feel like the right time then I wouldn't do it. There is certainly no shame in spending some time on a PCU to get your bearings. Best wishes whatever you decide.
There is so much noncompliance, that's a tough-y....PACU?
I wish I had the eye and the confidence to do get into aesthetic nursing. I love the idea of such things myself, but would be terrified I'd jack somebody's face up. I thought that would be the most popular answer to this question, the stress of dropping a brow, overfilling the lip, or worrying to death about screwing up someone's face with fillers, etc...Probably good I don't work in aesthetics. Lol.
Environmental safety check!! That's hilarious!
And when you do receive report from her, make a sacrifice for a day and do the exact same thing back to her x 10. Test every button, valve, or adjustable piece of equipment in that room and tell her its an "environmental safety check". As shes giving you report, ask her to wait as you test if the pt's bed can slowly raise all the way up...... then all the way down. Then one up her by opening up the computer, telling her about all the things you disagree with on her assessment, but also mention how you can see why she can have those opinions, making sure to explain all of the reasoning for both points of view.
LOL. I'm not really recommending you do this, although I would.
A couple of things...I agree with others that jealousy isn't an issue. Likely, the ICU staff isn't thrilled with having to train a new graduate nurse; it can be burdensome even if you are a really fast burner, and it can be a real safety and staffing issue if management starts hiring all sorts of inexperienced nurses into the unit. I know the last 3 ICU's I worked at would not hire new grads. Places that do generally have a really good new grad training program in place and/or really great preceptors that love teaching and are supported in doing that. Not too sure that's what you had going where you were.
Anyhow, onto the demotion aspect. I know that no matter what anyone says here--for a while anyway--you are going to feel like it's a demotion, even though it's not. Not working out somewhere after you've put your best efforts in feels very hurtful and it sucks, and there is the looming feeling that the ICU "cloud" will follow you around to your new unit. Don't worry about the "cloud;" the few people that know you came from the unit aren't consumed by it. They'll just be glad to have the new staff on board, regardless of how you got there. As far as the personal disappointment goes, you are just going to have to grieve it for a little bit, think it over and come to terms with what happened, cry a river if you need to, but then push those self defeating thoughts out of your mind and be done with it. Don't be overly hard on yourself. Really! It sounds like the unit might of decided you weren't going to work out before you even started. Regardless, no one is born knowing this stuff and everyone started out at around the same place. You are actually ahead of the game a little. Being in ICU for a few months will give you a little head start when training on the step down. Also, step down is a challenging place to work but a great place to learn. Learn how to work on a busy step down and I think you can work just about anywhere.
It's cliche but true: doors open and doors close for a reason. One way or another it will work out, and in a relatively short time from now you will look back and this whole upsetting ordeal won't mean a thing. It'll be a blip on the screen. Give it a little time and you & your skills and your confidence will grow and then you can figure out where to go from there.....I wouldn't have lasted 2 weeks in ICU right out of school, so I'm glad I didn't try, quite honestly. I needed to spend some time on various floors to get myself together. Other people head straight out of school into ICU and never look back. The deal is everyone and every unit is different. I've seen awesome, experienced nurses "not work out" in ICU, a number of times. Politics and generally stupid stuff and they were out. Sh*t happens and so you can be reassured that you certainly aren't the first person that has had to deal with such a situation, and you definitely will not the be the last. Let it go and just work to be as good as you can be where you are at. The rest will come. Best wishes!
How dangerous to have people with such poor character and judgment looking after the most vulnerable of patients....I would be BEYOND PISSED if someone treated my newborn in such a way. Can you imagine being a new mother and seeing that? The wrath of God might be preferable.
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