Nurse ABC 8,797 Views
Joined Jan 4, '12.
Posts: 438 (42% Liked)
Days are much busier which is why nurses don't help each other out as much-they're too busy. You have many more meds to pass, baths, 3 meals, more blood sugar checks, PT, OT, RT, pts leaving the floor for tests and surgery, dr rounds, social services, consults with all their orders, etc so it's so much crazier and harder to just find a place to sit down and chart! Night shift can be busy but not nearly as busy as days. The bad thing abt night shift is if your patient is having a problem you have to call and wake a grumpy dr up. You also have to occasionally wake grumpy pts up for surgery preps and vitals at times. It's also hard on your body and you just don't sleep as well and I always felt like I was in a fog. I've done both and my choice is days so my body doesn't have to adjust and so I can be at home all night with my kids. Plus you're usually so busy the day flies by and you get more experience doing stuff that's usually done by night and you don't have to waste a day off sleeping.I used to HATE leaving work in the morning and hear someone say "I'll see you tonight!" That always felt way too soon to come back even though it was the same amt of hours.
Our hospital for med-surg units people are hired for straight nights or days and only weekends or only through the week. The weekend nurses get paid a lot more money (like $7 more/hr). Then if you need a day off you request ahead of time and they try to schedule it in. Holidays are rotated. The weekenders choose to work weekends to get paid well and the weekdayers are happy because they know they get every weekend off. Everyone is happy! Not all hospitals will approve of such a thing but it does work great if they do!
Congratulations on your new job! I think it's a great idea to stay per diem at the hospital. It gives you a back up if you decide school nursing isn't your thing and keeps your skills fresh. If you decide after a while you love school nursing and don't plan on ever returning to the hospital, it's fine to give that up if you don't need the money. Good luck!
We all make mistakes and you will make more! I bet you'll never make that particular mistake again!! Your patient is fine so try not to beat yourself up. You're a good concientious nurse or you wouldn't be so upset. Time and experience will help you catch things but you will never be perfect so be glad when your mistakes don't cause permanent harm!
I would avoid being a surgery tech unless being screamed at by surgeons doesn't bother you! When surgeons get stressed the techs are the first ones they start to take it out on. You need a strong backbone for that job. That's why I left the OR-they don't pay me enough to get screamed at daily or to walk on eggshells and I was a circulator so I didn't even have it as bad as the techs!
I think I'd enjoy being a teacher's aide more than what I do as well. Less responsibility, less stress, more included as "part of the team". I'm a school nurse so I have one of the so-called best nursing jobs. Great schedule, less stress than hospital, etc BUT still not always treated like the professional I am. Teachers run the school and because I'm not a teacher I'm not really one of them. I get left out of a lot of things. The custodian and cooks get more appreciation than the nurse. Teachers have an odd relationship with the nurse. They love us if there is blood, vomit, or lice. However, they act like their job is more important and they have the right to tell us what to do. They get annoyed if we aren't immediately available because we happen to be using the bathroom or trying to grab a bite to eat. I enjoy working with the kids but am tired of feeling like an outsider and not getting the respect I deserve. I've tried several different nursing jobs and have never been truly happy with any of them. I just think I don't like being a nurse. I do enjoy taking care of people and making them feel better but I'm tired of the abuse I have to put up with to do that whether it's from doctors and patient's families or teachers and parents. My plan is to get out of nursing as well whenever feasibly possible.
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