susu24 (577 Views)
Joined Aug 19, '12.
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Thank you for leaving Nursing school, we do not need such characters in the profession. Whew...that was close!
All I can say is Thank you.
As a mother, a student, a professional, a patient...... just thank you.
1. ETOH withdrawal patients
2. Families in denial.
3. Neuro patients - strokes, spinal surgeries, spinal trauma, head injuries (mainly because these nearly always are accompanied by #2 above)
4. People who sit on their call light for things like "I am done with my tray"
We're required to double glove to handle chemo.
Anytime i do a sterile technique, mostly foley, straight cths & trach stuff i put a pair of vinyl gloves on, then the steriles. When i'm done with whatever was sterile, i can pull off the gunked up sterile gloves and i'm still clean gloved.
You realize you're just encouraging the behavior, right? They'd all stop bothering you if you stopped responding to them and giving them what they want.
How are they supposed to know their behavior is inappropriate when you allow it to continue?
Don't answer your phone.
I have an ASN so I understand the frustration but I don't share your sentiment.
There are crappy and superb nurses at every education level. I won't downplay someone elses degree because I'm bitter or upset.
I'm pretty sure most of those nurses got an advanced degree so they don't have to hold anyone's penlight, and possibly some body parts. I have to agree that the constant bashing of BSN prepared nurses is becoming irritating- they can't all be clueless can they- that's statistically impossible. Oops I forgot you didn't take statistics...and yes that is a very bad attempt at a joke. Hope life gets better.
And no offense to those of you with advanced degrees, but you couldn't hold my penlight.
To be fair, I'm sure those BSNs will be just as good at those skills as you after 15 years.
1. If you decide to quit, don't do so until you get a new job. Leaving a job that soon will raise suspicions that you "couldn't handle it" and that will hurt your chances to find another job. So get a new job all lined up (and confirmed in writing) before you resign the one you have. If you don't, you could face few prospects and a long period of unemployment.
2. I think you should give it a few more months -- and do a little reading on "reality shock" and "transition shock." What you are experience is quite common among new grads. The stress of adapting to the real work world (rather than the ideal world of everyone's hopes and dreams) is draining. At some point (usually in the 3-6 month time period), new nurses go through a period feeling overwhelmed, stressed-out, and/or dissatisfied with their jobs. If you just keep plugging away at it and take good care of yourself it usually resolves in a few months. You learn skills that make the work a little less stressful, find people in the environment who can help you, etc. So if at all possible, you should wait a few months before you resign. Give it a chance to work out.
3. Staffing may be down a bit below average right now because of people taking summer vacations. It may improve a bit now that school is starting and families are not taking vacations. Again, that's another reason to wait a few months before jumping ship.
Find someone in your work environment (senior nurse, mentor, educator, etc.) who can give you a little background information on whether or not the current conditions are typical for that department or a temporary dip in staffing that will be resolved soon. Someone like that can also help you find ways to make your situation more palatable to you -- and possibly salvage this job rather than starting over somewhere else that might be even worse. Give that a chance.
That's what I've noticed too, that everyone seems to be going back to school for their MSN. I can't think of a single nurse with their MSN who works on the floor either. I mean, yes, floor nursing is stressful, grueling work a lot of the time, but someone has to do it, and with the baby boomers just now getting into their sixties and seventies, the need is going to be greater than ever as they continue to age and have the normal health problems that go along with it.
I didn't mean to imply that all BSN nurses want to move on, and I'm glad that you are happy being a floor nurse. It's just that the majority of new, young nurses that I know seem to have no intention whatsoever to make a career of doing bedside care, and it makes me wonder what this, combined with the ever increasing stipulations of Medicare will mean for the future of nursing care. Presumably, wages would go up due to an increased need, but with lower compensation and more expensive regulations, can wages go up enough to meet the need?
I have my BSN. I have been a nurse for over a year but as of now I have no desire to go back to school or to move "up" the clinical ladder. I'm perfectly happy with my BSN and being a bedside nurse. Out of all of my nursing school friends, I seem to be the only one not going back to school for their MSN.
Pt peed on floor on purpose because he did not feel like walking 6 steps to the bathroom. After I gave him heck he told me he wanted to see the doctor.
I told the doctor what he did. She yelled at him too!
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