I'm at the end of my leash.
Im a new young nurse that has 2.25 years experience (and I'm young) working in a medium size rural hospital. I feel like I'm losing the battle on trying to provide care to my patients while being charge of the unit (don't ask why I have patients while charge). I try to be there for my patients but I find that I'm constantly being pulled away due to questions, issues and other patients. Even when I'm not charge its the same thing.
A lot of the time I am working with more senior nurses but it doesn't seem like I am. If that makes sense???? Yes I have a Bachelors Degree in Nursing and some other courses but lately I'm really noticing a gap between education from nurse to nurse and how some are (pardon my french), dumber then a bag of bricks. Things that should be COMMON sense in nursing are foreign, the questions being asked are so simple that its embarrassing to be asked them.
I try to help others as much as I can BUT now I've almost lost all hope as I'm starting to get burnt out. I've brought these issues up but they are ignored. There are days I don't feel safe with my co-workers and it is more common then not. Some days are fine some just suck--with being more common more and more. I'm run off my feet and don't know what to do. I try to be nice and whatnot but after a while of dumb questions and having to clean up messes when patients start crashing for reasons that should have been corrected first, it just gets tiring. CRITICAL thinking is something that only a few here do and its sickening as we get bogged down with our work and theirs.
I just don't know what to do. I'm almost ready to switch to LTC or a stepdown unit as I feel its a losing battle and its affecting my health. I'm not happy, I'm miserable, I snap really easy at co-workers and I never used to do this. I'm almost ready just to tell people to either shape up or just quit. I don't know.