I feel like they should change the title of this site to "reasons why my job sucks" - page 21
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
- 5Jan 22, '13 by redhead_NURSE98!Quote from Sirius SquintI feel an obligation to the nursing profession's future to make sure that new grads gain the expertice of experienced nurses. I'm a new grad and have already taught newer employees than myself what other nurses have taught me. My attitude is "pass it on." Otherwise, like I stated in a previous post, new grads will not learn, and in the future there will be no experienced nurses because no one felt an obligation to the continuing of our profession. Many employees, not just new grads, but nurses switching fields, have very brief orientations. So we/they still rely on other nurses to learn. As long as a nurse takes responsibility for his/her own learning and not expect to be spoon fed, then I absolutely agree that we are all teachers. I stated this post in a respectful manner, so those that disagree, please debate intelligently, respectfully and flame free.
If the comment I replied to had not been stated in such a rude, entitled and threatening manner, my response may have been different. And you will note that I said I was referring to on the Internet, on which I do not care about or wish to take any responsibility for 1) how everyone hates the new grad at their first job, 2) the nursing student who thinks we should provide answers to their daily homework assignment, 3) the new grad still on orientation who is on their third med error, or 4) the student with a DUI who wants us to assure them that they will be able to get a nursing license!! At work I am paid to orient people. This here is my time, my one day off this week and I'm not gonna crap rainbows just because I supposedly owe it to the future generations according to some faceless online personality. "I had BETTER care," I think not.
- 3Jan 22, '13 by BostonFNP, MSN, DNP, NP GuideThere is a happy medium between holding everyone's hand singing about sunshine and rainbows and actively trying to make new grads/students miserable.
I was fortunate to have a wonderful clinical mentor and I owe my survival of my first year in practice to her. I feel an obligation to pay that forward and I make every effort to. Can you all remember your first days? Did someone help you survive?
On the other hand, I also don't suffer those that convey a sense of entitlement; they need to find their own way and (hopefully) learn in the process, some humility. I also wouldn't have survived without having been humbled.
As far as the "system" pushing out too many nurses? This is, in the short term, true, which is why IMHO it's a great time to begin to transition to a BSN as EtP and DNP for EtP at APRN. In 10 years, that RN shortage will likely be very real as will the PCP shortage for APRNs.
- 2Jan 22, '13 by KelRN215, BSN, RNQuote from IcySageNursePer diem school nursing and Home Health/Case Management. Never up before the sun and yes, the vast majority of time I'm waking up at an hour that I was AT the hospital a year ago. I love my life.Kel, you and I think the same way here for sure. I left the hospital for a M-F 9-5 job and I would NEVER ever go back to that horribleness. I too had quite to commute and woke up at around 4:30am and returned at about 9pm. I absolutely LOVE my schedule now, I love making plans EVERY WEEKEND, and I love not waking up until the time I was usually already at work.
What did you switch to btw? I moved to office work.
- 2Jan 22, '13 by FLRNR1I really care about my patients and enjoy supporting, teaching, and caring for my patients. Unfortunately, more responsibilities are being hoisted on nurses - no patient care technicians to assist with bathroom, baths, confused patients; high nurse to patient ratios on high acuity floors 1:5; enter our own orders when the MDs round (call MD when we cannot read the orders) etc. If we work without clocking out for lunch or beyond our 12.5 hour shift, we receive a written letter of counseling due to "productivity".
I value the time I get to spend with my patients. I am able to gain knowledge regarding their past medical history that may have been missed upon admission as well as assess their need for home care, educational deficits etc. Most importantly, I am able to identify a change from their baseline - for better or worse.
It is frustrating to say the least. Hopefully you will be able to find a job that has a low nurse to patient ratio, great pay and lots of help on the floor. I wish you the best of luck.Last edit by FLRNR1 on Jan 22, '13 : Reason: punctuation
- 1Jan 22, '13 by GrnTea, BSN, MSN, RNQuote from BostonFNPYes, indeedy, there is. And since it's such a wide spectrum, with pretty much a bell-shaped distribution curve, as far as I can tell, there's wisdom in ignoring the ones on the extremes as unhelpful (including the ones that are sooooo supportive and nicey-nicey that you never experience the challenges you need to grow), and learning to work with all the rest of them.There is a happy medium between holding everyone's hand singing about sunshine and rainbows and actively trying to make new grads/students miserable.
- 2Jan 22, '13 by SchoolRNAmyQuote from Orion81Melodramatic, much?RUAS implied that all new grads think we are the "epicenter" of everything. Yet another of dozens and dozens on this site of someone trying to make a new grad feel so small. And you're right, I'm going to relax because I am 100% done with this website. That comment was the last straw. Come back when you graduate yourself and post questions as a new grad. Just wait. You're going to have so many rude, mean comments. Until you graduate and work your butt off for ungrateful patients and next to backstabbing, gossiping immature nurses, you won't GET IT. Goodbye ALLNURSES, after 4 years, this is my last post.
- 6Jan 22, '13 by GrnTea, BSN, MSN, RNQuote from Oron81Oh, I'll bet you say that to all the girls.RUAS implied that all new grads think we are the "epicenter" of everything. Yet another of dozens and dozens on this site of someone trying to make a new grad feel so small. And you're right, I'm going to relax because I am 100% done with this website. That comment was the last straw. Come back when you graduate yourself and post questions as a new grad. Just wait. You're going to have so many rude, mean comments. Until you graduate and work your butt off for ungrateful patients and next to backstabbing, gossiping immature nurses, you won't GET IT. Goodbye ALLNURSES, after 4 years, this is my last post.
When you get off the bus, the bus keeps going.Last edit by GrnTea on Jan 22, '13 : Reason: forgot something
- 8Jan 22, '13 by not.done.yet GuideI have read and re-read this thread several times. The truth is, I am not responsible for what anyone reads. They are. Therefore I am only responsible for what I say. If I am good with what I say and you are not, you have the right not to read it. The little X at the top right is handy in that regard. There are also ways to block ever seeing a certain poster if they rub the wrong way.
There are times I take a break from here due to negativity. That is more about what I am choosing to read and more indicative of my OWN state of mind than any real change from the oridinary on this board. I am responsible for my attitude, my energy level, my enthusiasm and my own point of focus. So are you.
It can be noted nobody ever was missed who stomped their foot and huffed off in a "Goodbye Cruel Board!" snit. Read what speaks to you. Skip what doesn't. Manage your own fate. It is, after all, yours and only yours to manage.
- 6Jan 22, '13 by VICEDRNJust want to take a moment and revisit something I want to advocate for: it's time to close the board to nurses only, members only. You can only come on a forum so many times and be distracted by the bNewcomers that refuse to search for information before posting another redundant thread or another thread from a judgmental nursing student or new grad. This is the break room for me, a place to freely complain and get advice anonymously. (Contrary to some posters who are convinced if you vent here you must be a witch in person). Just saying: I told you so!