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Why is Nursing not in the top ten most stressful jobs for 2014! By Carlos Feliciano, RN, MSN, CHC
Last week I worked a 12-hour shift at the medical surgical unit. I stood up all night and ran (actually speed-walked) from one room to another non-stop answering call bells, cleaning poop, feeding patients, lifting patients, dealing with upset family members, passing schedule and as-needed medications, talking doctors, educating patients and their families, and re-assessing patients at least twice per shift. I was exhausted, and about 30 minutes before shift change I realized that…OMG!!! I had not seen the patient on room 230 at all during my shift. I had forgotten all of her meds, wound care, and blood work so I panicked! I thought, was she even alive? What was I going to do? Was I going to lose my job? And then… I woke up. My heart was in my throat, and I was hyperventilating like I’d had just ran a marathon. Once I was able to settle down, I thanked the All Mighty that it was just a dream. Sounds familiar?! Although I am retired, I still have those dreams, so imagine my surprise when I read an article published by Yahoo Business earlier this week, which listed the 10 most stressful jobs for 2014, and nursing wasn’t one of them.
The list included some professions worthy jobs like: enlisted military members (as a former enlisted member, I can agree), police officers, firefighters, airline pilots, military generals, taxi drivers, event coordinators, newspaper reporters, public relations executives, and senior corporate executives. As I scratched my head in disbelieve, I sought to find out the methodology used to justify why nursing wasn’t in the top ten most stressful jobs.
It turned out their methodology was based on the following: Travel amounts, income growth potential, deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, physical demands, environmental conditions, hazards encountered, own life at risk, life of others at risk and meeting the public. So I went down the list. So, are you telling me that the physical demands of a taxi driver are more stressful than that of nurses, or that the senior corporate executives encounter more hazards at work than nurses do? Are we to assume that public relations executives have to deal with public demands that are harsher that those that nurses have to deal with in a daily basis, and that have cost some of them their lives? Is an event coordinator more challenged by a “Bridezilla”, than a nurse with 6 patients during the mid-morning med-pass? Are we to believe that missed deadlines by a newspaper reporter will cause more harm and stress than a missed blood pressure medication, or a blood thinner? I could go on and on, but the most important question that we must ask as a profession is: Have we become so irrelevant that no one wonders why nursing wasn’t on the list?
In the last couple of years the nursing community has expressed outrage about the way that nurses has been portrait on TV. From drunks to drug addicts, from aloof to unintelligent, but no one has questioned why is it that we have so little influence in the drafting of healthcare policies within our organizations, our community health, as well as at the state and local level. We are the qualitative experts, but few understand or value what we bring to the healthcare team. As long as we continue to sit idle and wait to be recognized as a community of hardworking experts, our personal efforts will continue to go unrecognized, nursing burnout will increase exponentially, and nursing as a whole will be replaced for more money making and cheaper alternatives.
Not being able to get in touch w/parents because they have a new cell phone every other month and they never update the school. Ditto for the six additional relatives/friends who have changed phone numbers! It is the #1 time waster in my very busy clinic.
I'm trying to sing this song today.... just to get through. Only 2 1/2 more days after today.... I'm so done. I'm fried. So looking forward to a break this summer.
Less than an hour to go for me!
I MADE IT THROUGH MY FIRST YEAR!!
You know, as nurses we all pretty much want to help out if someone gets stuck in a bind. We all don't EXPECT anything negative to occur, least of all when we're just trying to be helpful.
But when lawsuits and money become possible parts of the situation, people get crazy! That's freq the cause of 'bad blood' even in best of loving families.
Never. It is a huge liability! It is not our responsibility to provide transportation. Period. If you start taking kids home then parents start expecting it. You take one kid home then sooner than later other parents will hear about it and assume you can take their kids home also. Bad, bad situation. Lice is not an emergency and does not warrant a staff member to drive a kid home. I'm glad to know you will follow in the footsteps of the other nurses.
One of the most important things for me was building relationships with teachers and parents. IME, the more comfortable they are with you personally, the more easily they trust & work with you. If I had it to do over, I would have made a greater effort in that area sooner.
To Nurse ABC - I admired your response. I don't do school, but I do read this forum and I truly respect all you school nurses for your practice. Some VERY WISE ones on this forum.
To OP- good luck!
I must begin by saying that I am not a school nurse, but I will comment on this. No, I would never take a student home. I would be less concerned about the lice and much more concerned about the liability. Not to mention, what if the student makes some sort of an unfounded allegation against you?
See, I don't know what so many people lament that school nursing means "I've lost all the skills I learned in nursing school." I haven't at all - I just apply them in a different way. So, my patients aren't acute (except for the one that might be and you consider emergency planning prior to ambulance arrival), there are no IV lines (but sometimes there are!), and the number of daily scheduled medications I pass is 16 and they are all PO. I don't start IVs (heck, neither do several of my friends working on urban med-surg floors), but the number of assessments I do is has taught me valuable critical thinking skills. I can assess an asthma kid easily and the amount I've learned about diabetes continues to grow each day. I have no back-up, I have to rely on my own skills. I have become a better health teacher, an invaluable tool for any health care professional. I value my role at the gatekeeper for many kids preventive health care. If you are looking at family NP programs, there is much you can say in an essay about your school nursing experience.
I finally resorted to hiding my stash because one particular paraprofessional kept coming in every DAY!! even had the nerve to ask why I didnt have anything for HER migraines, HER cramps, HER congestion...I'm so done with staff right now
How difficult is it for any/all staff to have their own meds in their own possession? I have Advil in my desk drawer for my own use in case I need it at work. end of story.
You can't win.
I sub school nurse. I have a friend who threw a fit that the nurse didn't send her middle school son home. Her son came to office and wanted mom called. Nurse didn't jump to it and sent him back to class. Mom throws fit that when her kid says he needs to go home she is to be called. Whatever. I have an idea...don't let your middle school son call the shots. I bet he was fine and knows how to get home.
I've had times where parents have an emergency card filled with bad numbers. Really?
I work at a magnet school and the kids can out smart me sometimes. I had two kindergartners in my clinic. I asked the first one who I should call first to come pick her up. She told me all about how mom/dad are divorced and what days she goes with mom and what days she goes with dad. She also told me why it was that way. The other kindergartner looked at me (he had been sitting there listening so intently) and said, "Well, now that sounds reasonable." lol Help me.
Not a school nurse, but a peds patient (who was having a massive transfusion reaction) said to me, "I'm not trying to be rude, but how long will it be until you're not in my room any more?"
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