i HATE my job. Does anyone else feel the same? - page 10

I absolutley despise my job. I work as a nurse in a intermediate/telemetry type floor. We are in the process of moving to a new hospital, so we were a telemetry unit and we are splitting into... Read More

  1. Visit  chinacatRN profile page
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    I currently work in a LTC. The facility is a little different - we're not your typical "old folks home". We have a ventilator unit and most of our patients are there temporarily for SNF and pt/ot. I've only been there a month and I frickin HATE it.

    When I was hired I was told RT would be on the clock 24/7. To handle the vents and trach patients. That was a lie. And trying to answer vent alarms during morning med pass is ridiculous. Not to mention the super needy patients who are freaking out at 0630 thinking they're going to die if they don't get out of bed or get suctioned RIGHT NOW.

    Then there's management. Last week, I was called on my day off and told I needed to come in (a half hour drive) and write a nurse's note on a patient. Since it was my day off, my car was being fixed. I planned it for my day off purposely. I told them I'd come in as soon as I got ny car back. The administrator informed me that it was unacceptable that I didn't have my car and to be in by 2pm or I was fired. The training is horrible. I was accused of not being a team player, even though I do other people's work all the time - willingly, with a smile. Almost everyday I work, I'm there an hour or more past my scheduled shift. I've never gotten a lunch break - ever. Eating lunch consists of stuffing my face at the nurses station while charting. We're severely short staffed. Oh, and when I told my boss that I'm pregnant, I was yelled at for "hiding it" from them - they said I should've told them during my interview. Seriously? It's illegal to ask someone if they're pregnant during an interview. It's illegal to discriminate based on pregnancy, just like the color of someone's skin. I get told almost everyday that I'm doing something wrong. I live in constant fear of being fired - but it's not really fear when some days you hope to be fired just so you don't have to go back. The administrator -after finding out about the pregnancy - told me she'd fight any work related injury claims on my part because she thinks I'd get injured just to get paid while off work on maternity leave (that thought never even crossed my mind). So if I really do get injured I'm in trouble. Not to mention the fact that because if the heavy work load I feel like I'm unable to provide good patient care and everyday I go to work I feel like my license is in jeopardy. I feel like everything I do is scrutinized - like I walked into a big witch hunt and no matter how good of a nurse I am, I'm screwed because it's so busy there and so chaotic that mistakes are more easy to make than anywhere I've ever worked. I do everything I can to cover my butt, but I don't think it's enough especially now that I'm on their radar since I'm pregnant.

    Anyone else in a situation like this?
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  3. Visit  CaitlynRNBSN profile page
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    that is nursing for you and it is only going to get worse. Our hospital is actually talking about getting rid of CNAs because "nurses can do it." think about it....If our hospital does without CNAs i will be leaving. I doubt i'd even give 2 weeks notice.
  4. Visit  elprup profile page
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    With over 700,000 allnurses members, one would think we could change the world for the better. Plus we are the largest medical profession in the USA.
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  5. Visit  chinacatRN profile page
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    Ok, so now I hate my job even more. I left a job I mostly liked because I wasn't getting enough hours to survive on. Then I end up with this turd of a job. Then I find out that there's this night nurse (at my current job) who knows someone at my previous job and is spreading rumors about me at work about how I got fired for falsifying documentation! How unprofessional and immature is that? And she doesn't even know me. We don't work the same shift. We've only said a few words to each other. I just don't get how someone can hate someone else enough to do this - especially when they don't even know them.
  6. Visit  jadelpn profile page
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    Quote from Jenni811
    Every freaking 15 minutes she would scream from the top of her lungs "SWAAAABIE! SWABBIE!!!! I NEED SWABBIE! BRING BE SWABBIE. SWWWWWWAAAAABBBBIEEE" Perfectly capable of putting on call light asking for a mouth swab. The same time she was here we had a code blue from a open heart patient in the same hallway. and she is screaming SWAAAABBBBIEE!!!
    Oh. My. GODDDDDDD!!!! Now this statement is stuck in my head for the evening.......

    I once had a patient who spoke strictly baby talk with their mother. Literally, I kid you not." Am I mommies angel?"
    And then some gibberish baby talk, then "who's mama's big strong girl???" OK. the woman was 35 and the mother in her 60's. Then nice as you please, regular but harsh demands: Nurse, go get me another pillow.
    Felt like at any moment green bile was going to come pouring out of the patient's mouth and her head spin all the way around.....
    But nothing beats the "SWABBBIEEEE".......
  7. Visit  CaitlynRNBSN profile page
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    Don't you just wish we could yell at them back and tell them how ridiculous they are being?? I can't stand when they claim they are "too sick" to do anything.
    Like onetime I had a surgical patient get mad and turn me in because I made him wash his hands after using the restroom. He attempted to wipe himself (YES!! I know. A patient who actually wipes themselves. rare right?) anyway, it didn't go over well. He used like 2 squares of toilet paper. He used a paper towel to wipe all the BM off. He had poo stuck in his nails. AWFUL.
    So I brought a chair in the bathroom, filled the sink with soapy water and told him to soak his hands while I went to get something to clean his nails out. He got TERRIBY upset because he was like "I HAD SURGERY AND I NEED TO GET INTO BED! AND YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE ME SIT HERE AND SOAK MY HANDS? I ALREADY CLEANED THEM"
    rasiing his voice.
    I was like....No, you have poop stuck in your nails and wiping your hands with a dry paper towel does not count as washing your hands. If you touch your incision you could develop an infection.
    why do people insist on being like that??

    FIRST time meeting another patient, I walk into the room...introduce myself "My name is Caitlyn, i'll be your nurse today."
    His response : "I don't care who you are. Get me my morphine and Ativan now. i'm having back pain and anxiety"
    I was like.."Well it's nice to meet you too"
    His girlfriend did NOT like my response and was like "Do you think back pain is a joke?"
    the doctor was out in the hall (after she got yelled at by patient for not ordering morphine quick enough). need I say this guy was on our floor for 5 whole minutes! God forbid if he needs to wait 5 minutes to get his pain meds.
    Anyway, doctor just laughed at me when I walked out of the room....I was like "You could have warned me."
    Oh, such a pleasant man to deal with. I just wanted to give him a big hug.....psht! couldn't pay me to take that man ever again.
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  8. Visit  CaitlynRNBSN profile page
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    Another reason I hate nursing: Situations similar to this. (Don't know who to push a new policy on?? Just give it to the nurses. They can do it)

    I once got a "talking to" because I had infection control call me to tell me that the wrong isolation orderd were ordered on my patient. He had MRSA in his sputum so he had Isolation droplet precuations ordered. It is supposed to be droplet/contact. we were al doing contact/droplet, it just wasn't on his chart correctly. So doctors are supposed to put these orders in, but they never ever ever do. So nurses always put in the order for them. We got reprimanded for doing this and were told that if the doctor didn't order it, we were to call them and have them do it. (you can only imagine how this went...) anyway, so when infection control notified me that the wrong order was placed and that I would have to notify the doctor. I told the person calling me I said, "What is your job title?" she was like "Registered Nurse" im like..."Ok, so as a registered nurse you can take orders correct?" She was like "Yes, but that isn't my job?"
    "It isn't your job to take orders? Because you could cut me out of this, and call the doctor yourself and take a verbal order for this."

    she is a NURSE!!!!!! she is just as qualified as I am to take a verbal order from an MD and put it in the computer. You are making this 4 steps too long. Cut out the middle man, call the MD yourself and take care of this yourself. You are a nurse. I am busy taking care of patients who are sick and who need me. I haven't peed i n12 hours, I haven't had a drink or ate in 12 hours. You are "busy" sitting on your butt, in your office reading patient's charts to make sure everything is documented like it should be while drinking coffee and eating cookies. Make yourself useful and call the doctor yourself.
    any new policy is pushed off on the floor nurse, because that's the "simple answer." when really, lets think logically here people.

    Ok, vent done.
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  9. Visit  babysteps25 profile page
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    Quote from CaitlynRNBSN

    I once got a "talking to" because I had infection control call me to tell me that the wrong isolation orderd were ordered on my patient. He had MRSA in his sputum so he had Isolation droplet precuations ordered. It is supposed to be droplet/contact. we were al doing contact/droplet, it just wasn't on his chart correctly. So doctors are supposed to put these orders in, but they never ever ever do. So nurses always put in the order for them. We got reprimanded for doing this and were told that if the doctor didn't order it, we were to call them and have them do it. (you can only imagine how this went...) anyway, so when infection control notified me that the wrong order was placed and that I would have to notify the doctor. I told the person calling me I said, "What is your job title?" she was like "Registered Nurse" im like..."Ok, so as a registered nurse you can take orders correct?" She was like "Yes, but that isn't my job?"
    "It isn't your job to take orders? Because you could cut me out of this, and call the doctor yourself and take a verbal order for this."
    I run across this problem a lot and ts so irritating. Just yesterday I had a patient admitted with right leg swelling, went for a stat ultrasound to rule out dvt. The physician ordered a bilateral ultrasound. The ultrasound tech calls me and asks "why is it ordered bilateral, do I really need to do both legs? Why don't you call the doctor and find out then call me back". Ultrasound techs are allowed to get verbal orders from physicians, and they frequently do, so I explained that I was busy and told him to call the doc himself. Well instead of being productive and calling the doc, he called my manager and told her I gave him a 'that's not my job' line. I never said its not my job - I just said it was ALSO his job. Why doesn't he cut out the middle man (me) and call the physician himself!?! In the time it took him to complain he could have called to clarify the order. Grrr..
  10. Visit  aywl profile page
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    I worked in a medical floor for a while, almost half of the patients are confused, they are physically dependent on nurse, but They never complained to the management's office, I feel more released to work with confused patient.

    QUOTE="loriangel14;7199329"] About half to three quarters of our floor is confused.lol[/QUOTE]
    Last edit by aywl on Nov 3, '13
  11. Visit  aywl profile page
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    [QUOTE="aywl;7596835"]I worked in medical floor for a while, almost half of the patients are confused, they are physically dependent on nurse, but they never complained to the management, I feel more released to work with them.
  12. Visit  aywl profile page
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    Many many times, one pt or her family asked me to clean the bathroom from her roommate's pee or poo, I simply just did it instead of calling housekeeping, many times pt's family asked me to find chairs for family, I still have to do it, just to make them happy....but they still never stopped complaint....

    And management sit on the office all day long, demand nurse do this do that, once something wrong, it's nurse's fault, so nurse did all kind of jobs, got complaint from everyone....

    ............................................
    Quote from dina118r
    I completely understand you. I have always worked in outpatient care, decided to go into nursing, now in my last semester and thinking I made a big mistake. I know I will never want to stay at the bedside, will do my bare minimum to get experience then run. I absolutely hate it. As previously mentioned, I have had a patient ask me to hand her her water two inches away from her, wipe her face, yet she can do fine eating and stuffing herself all without any help. I have no compassion for theses ppl, its just not in me. Maybe because I am not used to it, but I am outraged and shocked at the abuse nurses take! Since when is this ok? I have never seen this type of abuse in any other job field! Mangement does not stick up at all, even if you get physically HIT/KICKED, and people have come to think hospitals are hotels. This just sickens me, doesnt matter who you are/how sick you are, you cannot go around thinking you can treat others this way without some type of consiciences. Nurses are a big group, we need to band together and demand respect for ourselves. Patients do not act this way around doctors, I almost always see a completely 180 when the doctor comes in...
  13. Visit  joanna73 profile page
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    Dementias, delirium and depression. As more people continue to age, you will notice the behavioural issues on all units increase. Probably 65-70 percent of the population on these units are geriatric.

    On a related note, I don't hate my job, but it is definitely time for change. I think we all need to learn to adapt to healthcare the way it is, unfortunately. Cutbacks are everywhere. I think you need to decide where your own limits are, and which areas you most enjoy, or can tolerate, at least.
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  14. Visit  cocoaluv profile page
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    I have a pacemaker and had a delirious patient kick me in the chest....I am looking to get the hell out of here with in the next 6 months


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