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Kudos to you baldnurse!! If I had known what I knew now, I don't think I would have shelled out for an accelerated BSN degree only to be miserable working as a LTC (only thing I could get)nurse now . I've developed a thick skin over the 8 months that I've been working here but I've never felt so disrespected on a daily basis for a $ in all of my 28 years on this planet.
Just found this thread and it really struck accord with me as I am in LTC. I've been at my present job 7 months yesterday and I still loathe it. I don't think patient care is for me and I'd rather something (perhaps OR nurse) that doesn't involve me having to practically be a handmaiden to patients. Don't get me wrong, I love to help others and it puts a smile on my face when my patients are better after being quite sick for so wrong, but the politics on the unit, the profound amount of work is too much to bear at this point. I'm thinking of possibly bumping down my hours from 5 days to 4 to see if perhaps this would make a difference. Any more options?
This sounds like great advice because I think this is one area I definitely want to be. I don't like LTC.
Thanks firstly for the advice. I confronted the person and had a meeting with the higher ups with the person and it was quite interesting. Long story short so far this person has backed off but I still don't trust them. It just T's me off that some people don't know when to leave introverted people like me alone. I had another person who was trying to pick on me and had to report them as well and this person now is friendly to me. It seems as if people bring their personal nonsense to work with them and look for targets to offload the garbage on. Just because one is quiet and to themselves doesn't mean they are aloof. *sigh* just a rant I guess but point is, so far things are quiet. I just want to get through this job as best as I can because I am learning alot inspite of the stress. I need the experience and my license intact to move on to something else I don't need stress hindering that.
I posted a while back on a ltc job that I'd acquired and that I'd had a rough experience with (bad orientation, overstretched DON, etc) At any rate, things have gotten better as far as me adjusting to the functions of the position BUT the load certainly has NOT gotten better. There's been more useless charting, paperwork, and extra things that the CNA's or other ancillary staff could be doing but now we have to do (like double checking the scale when the CNAs are doing patient weights and double signing) as well as inservices that really gouge into time. Now I'm also dealing with a coworker from a different shift (3rd, while I am 2nd) who is intentionally trying to find things "wrong" that I've done and who is using the cna's to try to set me up. I've found that this same nurse has a history of doing this so at least I know it is not just my imagination. I am not losing hope because I know that I there is a hospital position out there for me because 5 days a week putting in 10 + hours daily (although I'm only getting paid most times for 8) at this place is painful.
I am currently working on my resume because i'm finding that whereever I've been applying has been sending rapid replies so I know the computer program being used is just using combinations of keywords or maybe even formatting to select candidates. I would like to know if anyone has been successful acquiring a hospital position even without the full 1 year experience, because at my facility some nurses have been and I know that I need to leave soon.
All I can say is that I am praying for you. I am at the point where you are except this is the end of my first week after an "8 week" orientation. Yesterday I almost quit right in the middle of my shift but I thought how much danger the patients would be in if I did so, so I stuck it out and as usual didn't pee, inhaled half my avocado (first "break" of 5 mins to eat all week) standing up and hiding from patients in a corner. This was after I was told that I was staying too late and that I had to manage my time more effectively. Mind you I was pulled out of med pass for this meeting that lasted 20 mins which I could have used to be done on time. Between peg tubes, unruly patients, massive narcs and meds, demented patients who keep unplugging equipment so they complain it doesn't work, O2 sat patients, other demanding mess left and right I always feel in over my head. Couple this with a nurse manager who thinks I am dingbat for asking necessary questions, I feel as though my cup runeth over. I go back in today but I am hoping to speak with someone before my shift because no matter what they tell me of "it will get better" I'm not to sure of this. All I can say is be encouraged, start looking for another job like I've been since my second week in a place like this, and PRAY!
onaclearday - I just looked up the specs and I believe its 6 mos. working history and at least 8k gross (at least in ny but I am close)
Funny you ask about the unemployment compensation because I had been mulling this over in my mind as of late. I'm not sure how long you have to work but I believe it is an accumulation of moneys that needs to happen to get it. Still trying to get an answer on that. Ive been concentrating on catching up on bills (rent, loans, etc.) since I began this job while being fruggal with my spending (I don't eat out, I don't own a tv, don't go out to movies, clubs etc. and have fairly cheap rent for where I live) so now whatever spending that I do I will be putting the kabosh on that to have as part of my exit plan.
Now that you've mentioned it INLPN, I just looked up the ratings of my facility and overall it is 2/5. No wonder. *sigh*
A few weeks back I wanted to jump ship on this job as I had posted and yesterday I wanted to do it again even though I decided to stay. The problem for the past 4 weeks besides the load has been my preceptor. The sad part is that I was told that there was no one "good" that they had to train me and that is why they had me training on days for so long but then I told the DON that if I am working 3-11, that is the shift I need to be oriented to because I know it is not the same as 7-3. Ok, got the switch made and since then I feel like I've tasted a bit of hell. For some bening reason when I was switched to different orientation instructors for the shift I got the help I needed for the 9pm pass, was able to get some treatments in, and charted AND left on time. The time is important because at our facility new hires are not allowed to leave early because we don't get overtime AND if something happens to us, then our facility is not going to pay. Well this went out the window with the "main" orientation instructor. When I worked with her at first When that time came she asked me what else would be left and that we "had to finish" so ok I thought I will finish what I have to do even though I tell her that I have to go she still insists. I start thinking if this is some unwritten rule that I didn't know since I made the switch from days to nights orienting that I can't leave until the work is done. Wrong. While I am busting my behind learing a new wing, while she only has the other half mind you, she comes in and out during the passes ask how much I have left and then leaves no matter what I tell her.
This goes on inspite of my telling the DON that 1.) I ended up staying late on certain nights when I needed to leave (to which she replied that the instructor "should know to not keep you" 2.) that I'm having problems with timing and not even taking breaks. God only knows is she ever spoke to the insructor because this kept occuring to the point that I finished one night at 1 am and went right to the supervisor and requested an OT slip because I could not continue to work without compensation knowing that I could be getting in trouble. I brought this up to scheduling to see if she got this slip the next day because they work with the DON to put together my schedule (nothing passes through them until the DON OKs it) and she told me "not to worry". This lets me know that a.)maybe this has happened before and its getting swept under the rug and b.) they know that perhaps the instructor is not worth a nickle but because of favoritism, they keep her there even though she clearly does not want the job.
Ok so more days pass by and I am with someone else but when i finally have to get a new schedule for the week since they have been giving me mine in pieces one week at a time, it seems that all of a sudden the people I need to see (DON and scheduler) are missing. I get bounced around from one to the other and even page to see the DON. The DON finally makes it to my floor while I start the pass and tells me she will be right back. That was the last time I saw her again for the day. I call the scheduler and she doesn't return my calls. Ok, so I'm wondering what I am doing for the weekend since it is probably my Sunday to work and how can I get a new instructor if possible because I've found that the one I had couldn't get her act together and its showing. Finally new weeks comes and I'm told to come in and get a schedule and it was as if nothing happened. I'm given a week straight to work (this is not the job to do this with because it is so hectic even if it is 8 hours a shift) and then my permanent schedule.
I'm on the floor again on Monday when the instructor starts her mess again of not helping me out, leaving the floor, making personal calls and doing whatever mixed in with some work. I've told her that the DON does not want me to stay and that I need to be taking my breaks (yeah right) and communicating this to the instuctor. I even told her once that I may not finish this pass and that I need help. She came over a second time within 2 hours all the while I was still trying to complete the pass alone and this time I told her I haven't finished all the ones I had flagged and that I was leaving. I locked my cart, finished my report sheet and simply handed her the keys. She gave me this look of astonishment and that is when I had to tell her: I told you that I needed help and you came to me not once but twice and nothing happened. I'm going home.
I've left on time since then and now she is "trying to help" but yesterday really frosted me. She asked me at the beginning of the shift (as she likes to do although it almost never works) what side I'm doing and to tell her where I am by a certain time and we agree. I tell her after this though that I can't and will not stay and get in trouble again and she actually tried to not admit that she didn't "mean to" keep me there late although there was proof. Needless to say I told her otherwise and she finally backed down. I'm so tired of the foolishness and with all the extra needy patients and 3 falls alone on yesterday's shift I am exhaused on my fifth day straight this week. I always feel like I forget things, I feel like I made a mistake yesterday and I don't know what it is and I feel that she has started idle gossip. When I ask others who had been there earlier on who are friends of mine, they tell me that they had good orientations but it was when I got off that all hell broke loose.
I am trying so hard to keep my sanity and my license while I look for other work but so many times I feel like throwing in the towel. I've never felt this bothered and sickened of a workplace in my life and it scares me. I feel like I've worked so hard and come this far for nonsense and I feel stuck. My heart is telling me to leave but my head is telling me to stick with this job even without another. Help!
My prayers are with you as well. I am being stretched to my limit and I am still orienting:/
Since I'm still at my LTC job (week 7), I want to know what else I can do so that I can either work per diem at the LTC job or Leave completely when the time is right. I have a degree in Exercise Science and Sports Studies as well as a BSN in Nursing. I was wondering, since I've been job searching what I can do that is a good combination of the two, is somewhat more enjoyable that LTC and that pays well. Any input would be much appreciated.
I appreciate all of your responses and after reading them through and speaking with friends and family I've decided to keep the job until something better comes along. I spend nearly all of my free time job searching and I've got some "feelers" out there so I am praying that in the next 2-4 months that I will get a better opportunity. I realize that I am not perfect and that I can't know everything right away so I am also working on trying not to be too hard on myself. I will be taking on a full assignment of 34 patients today although I'm still ortienting so I will not be too overwhelmed when I am off. Pray for me that I am efficient, confidence, and succeed.
Amen to your statement Ms_Orion!!!
I will be resigning as of tomorrow. I spoke with my mom and previous professor and they agree that continuing to work with this place is a no go. I'm frugal and have gone without so many times that I believe at this point considering what I've gone through that I can deal with being broke once more as long as my spirit is not broken. This job was truly breaking it.
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