I feel like they should change the title of this site to "reasons why my job sucks" - page 15

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People on here need to realize that when you complain on here (and for some that all those individuals do) it really dissuades us new grads from continuing into the profession. First and most obvious question, Does anyone... Read More


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    Everyone needs a place to vent, and allnurses is a perfect site to do so. If that dissuades new grads from entering the profession, then maybe they weren't cut out for nursing in the first place.
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    Quote from DoingGodsWork
    Maybe you should try to remember.
    *** If you choose not to quote a post, and choose not to name the person you are responding to nobody knows who you are talking about. Since you chose not to do either of those it appears you are replying to the OP, who is I believe a new grad so your message don't make a lot of sence.
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    Best part of my area: Everything, actually. I love LTC. I love getting to know my residents. I
    love the difference that I make in their lives. I love getting to use my nursing skills without being
    in such a stressful environment like Med Surge or ICU.

    Pet peeves: The stringent regulations, The paperwork. State and corporate surveyors coming
    into the building every other day. Feeling like I have fifty bosses. Unit managers who think they
    are God.
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    Quote from hershdawg
    People on here need to realize that when you complain on here (and for some that all those individuals do) it really dissuades us new grads from continuing into the profession. First and most obvious question, Does anyone actually like being a Nurse? I mean granted I don't think anyone loves all aspects of their job, but does it seem like a nightmare every day? Secondly, name the best part of your area and your biggest pet peeve.

    Sorry had to rant.

    hAHA! let me tel you this....if i had known what i was getting into, i would have NOT chosen nursing. Yes, i want to help people and blah blah blah. All that mushy stuff. that is NOT the worst part of the job, because i chose to do that. i knew i was going to do that...but its the politics in nursing that are beyond me and make me want to quit nursing. When you graduate and become a nurse you will learn what we are talking about. Do i actually like my job?? NO!!! I absolutley despise my job. You get treated like crap by doctors, administration, managment, coworkers, families, patients. Anytime something goes wrong it is blamed on nursing....let me give you an example.
    Manager:"Why did this patient miss his bedside occupational therapy appointment?"
    Nurse: "Because occupational therapy never showed up."
    Manager: "Occupational therapy was busy downstairs, they said that you never called them to remind them. You as a nurse should have recognized that OT didn't show up."
    ....So add to the job description of the nurse "Call and remind OT about their bedside appointment times" (That was all actually TRUE).

    example number 2 that actually happened on a new admission.

    Lab calling me: "We were unable to run those labs the doctor ordered because the sample has too much blood in it."
    Nurse: "Ok, what do you want me to do about it? Thats what is coming out of him."
    Lab: "Im just letting you know." CLICK.
    ....So i KNOW they nEEEEED these labs very bad! So i page the MD who ordered them and told him the situation.
    MD: "Yea, thats ok. Thanks for calling, im not attending im just admitting. I will let his attending know in the morning."
    Nurse: "Ok. thanks"
    ...next day
    Attending: Why didn't those lab go through? what is going on in lab that we can't get these labs
    Nurse: "Lab was unable to run them since there was too much blood in the sample."
    Attending: "Why didn't you call me and tell me this? This should have been delt with YESTERDAY. What is your managers number?"
    ....excuse me?????
    yup...so that miscommunication between the doctors was my fault too. So lets add another job description to the nurses job title "Make sure the doctors are doing their handoffs correctly."

    Example 3:
    Patient on call light: "I think the water in my bathroom is running. Can you turn it off?"
    Nurse: "Gladly."
    go into bathroom to turn it off....but it won't shut off but a slow drip that is driving patient nuts.

    Nurse:" im unable to turn the water off. I'll do my best to silence to noise until maintenance can get here in the morning."...so i shove the sink full of towels and silence the noise to best of my ability.
    10 minutes later irrate family member staying the night comes SCREAMING in the middle of the night about this loud running faucet and that we need to fix it NOW!!! i offer to call in maintenance but its going to be about an hour before he will get here.
    "NO I WANT IT FIXED RIGHT THIS SECOND. yOU GET YOUR A _ _ DOWN THERE AND FIX IT NOW" (no joke, those r her words).
    ....So lets add to the job description of the nurse "must be able to fix things that are broken when maintenance is at home sleeping soundly in their warm beds."

    Get it?? i hate my job, the only thing i like is some of my coworkers. Im stuck in this field because i cannot afford to go back. My suggestion for people wanting to go into nursing? get a job in a hospital first as a CNA or a tech to see if you still like it. ok, im done with my rant.
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    Oh, i also don't mind the benefits and the pay. My hospital actually pays very well and time and a half is offered if they are in desprate need to pick up. Can't beat that...

    i thought nursting school really glorified nurses to be such amazing people with a rewarding job. But keep in mind, you are paying them. Without you, they have no jobs...they have to glorify nursing. Trust me when i say the majority of them probably HATED their job in the hospital as well. I've gotten to know one of my professors extremley well AFTER nursing school. During nursing school she made nursing seem like rainbows and butterflys...come to find out, she hates it probably as much as i do. She felt "stuck" in nursing as well but decided to get her masters so she can atleast get off bedside and do something else. She got her masters, got out of the hospital and started teaching. She is a wonderful professor, has been nominated everyones favorite for years and years.
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    OP I hear what you are saying. I thought that way too and that has made me change my mind on more than a few occassions about switching careers and going into nursing. The fact of the matter is either continue on with my current profession and continue to be unfilled and miserable or do something that will still be stressful (I know several nurses personally so I am not disillusioned by nursing) but at least interesting and varied, and will still pay better with a bachelors degree than with a Masters in my current field. I am not getting any younger (I am 32 and will be about 35 if/when I go to nursing school) so I want to do this now while I still have the desire and energy too...As far as negativity is concerned I actively seek out positive posts and things that apply to my situation, as well as things I may not have know about the field and that has been a tremendous help to me. Nursing, as in life, is something where you have to take the good with the bad. At least when you are a nurse you know to expect a "mixed bag" of things and won't be surprised by some of the things you experience since it was mentioned her already. If its something you really want go for it anyway. Good luck
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    *** If you choose not to quote a post, and choose not to name the person you are responding to nobody knows who you are talking about. Since you chose not to do either of those it appears you are replying to the OP, who is I believe a new grad so your message don't make a lot of sence.
    I made a mistake with my post because I don't always post to this site but now I'm sure I have gotten it right. My original reply was to Ruas61. And if you read my post it should make perfect sense that I am not talking to a new grad nurse. It should be apparent that I am speaking of experienced nurses who have forgotten that they too were once New Grads.
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    Quote from hershdawg
    People on here need to realize that when you complain on here (and for some that all those individuals do) it really dissuades us new grads from continuing into the profession. First and most obvious question, Does anyone actually like being a Nurse? I mean granted I don't think anyone loves all aspects of their job, but does it seem like a nightmare every day? Secondly, name the best part of your area and your biggest pet peeve.

    Sorry had to rant.

    Being a nurse is hard work. Don't get me wrong, you do have a few seconds of laughter while you're eating your lunch standing up.
    imintrouble, jrwest, nursel56, and 1 other like this.
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    The irony in this thread is not lost. Essentially, the OP is venting about nurses venting....
    OCNRN63, Fiona59, Tina, RN, and 8 others like this.
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    Quote from nekozuki
    Thank you, fellow nurses, for never, ever sugar-coating.

    Thank you for every complaint, every rant, every story about terrible administrators, patients, families and co-workers.

    Thank you for allowing there to be some sort of counter-balance to "CLICK HERE TO SEE THE TOP 3 BEST-PAYING, COOLEST JOBS WHERE HOT GUYS WILL FEED YOU GRAPES AND RUB YOUR FEET" with nursing invariably being number 1 on every darn one of 'em.

    Thank you for teaching me to shut the hell up, toughen my skin and never, ever victimize myself.

    Thank you for helping me understand that if my instructor hates me, it isn't license to fail; it is simply preparation for the real world, where I will have to work under and alongside people I may not like.

    Thank you for providing insight into a profession where the struggle isn't just with patient illness, but families, policies, liability, administrators, ignorance and ambivalence.

    Thank you for telling me that I am not a special snowflake, and a preceptor is required to give me nothing but instruction and feedback, everything else is a bonus.

    Thank you for changing my ideas on the nature and benefit of criticism. I am no longer hurt or intimidated by criticism, and welcome it as an opportunity to improve

    Thank you VERY much for preparing me that my feet will hurt, that there are some smells I will never get used to (but can learn to deal with), that I will never be too good or too educated to wipe a butt, that growing complacent is dangerous, and that it is perfectly acceptable to cry.

    Thank you for educating me on how as a student nurse and a new grad, my presence is not heralded as the second coming of Christ. I don't know where anything is, I don't know who the patients are, no one gets paid for helping me, workload often INCREASES for the people around me, I could very easily make a mistake, and find relief in the fact that people will be honest with me and keep me on my toes.

    Thank you for being the kind of site and the kind of user base that you are, even if some people can't grasp why you are beneficial.

    Nekozuki: You are my new BFF. You GET it. ::wishing there were an Honorary Old Bat Society award icon::

    Could somebody please make this post into a stickie and post it on the First Year of Practice forum?
    Last edit by GrnTea on Jan 21, '13
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