i HATE my job. Does anyone else feel the same? - page 9

I absolutely 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. by   Jenni811
    Oh the scripts they give us. It reminds me of when I go to our grocery store. You can so tell it is scripted. I kid you not EVERYTIME this is how my shopping experience goes:
    I am looking at the shelves.."are you finding everything ok?" If someone is near by. You can't tell me they are truley concerned about finding which brand of cooking wine is best.

    I go to check-out "did you find everything ok?" When I'm leaving..."have a good day jenni" they somehow know your name and it creeps me out. EVERYTIME. I imagine this is how or sounds to patients. They will pick up on it being scripted. We have to add the "I have the time." No...I really don't. What I really want to say is "do you have to pee? Tell me now or forever hold your peace cause I have a million and one things to do." Yea that wouldn't fly but hey its the truth!
  2. by   Jenni811
    Quote from DoeRN

    We have them taped to the computers we use. I don't bother with them. It is silly and the patients know we aren't being sincere.

    Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
    Ha. Id be reading directly from it super slow. So it is obvious I'm reading a script on tea computer.
  3. by   martymoose
    Quote from PMFB-RN
    *** I remain deeply saddend that nurses have meekly submitted to something so offensive and stupid. My last hospital tried to introduce scripting and it was nipped in the bud early by some highly experienced nurses who simply laughed at managmenty and walked out of the meeting telling of about the scripting expectation. Oner very senior nurse stood up and said "Let me get this strait, I am going to have to say the exact same words to my 80 year old retired nun as I am the 30 year old Hell's Angel patient? PFFFFFFT!" ANd she marched out of the meeting dropping her script into the trash on her way out. Every other nurse in the room followed suit and the hospital's following of the latest and stupidest scripting fad lasted all of 15 min.
    Maybe the difference is that you HAVE senior nurses. Most places don't seem to have seniority, and I'm sure the companies use that to their advantage.

    This stuff is so stupid. The public must think we are stupid too.
  4. by   anangelsmommy
    I just found this post and it looks like I am not alone but I feel like so many have it worse than me. But I had a great job and lost funding, and then working with an agency still couldnt get any cases, and I needed something that was definate and less than 1 1/2 hrs away so I took another job. Here is the problem,got the job and I thought I was going to work in the childrens clinic, nope, they have me doing emergency preparedness. I have no training for this and quite frankly hate it!what makes it worse is that I get no clinical duties at all. I feel like I am wasting everything I worked so hard for! and I am going to school for another degree and I have no one to even practice my skills on! it is such a waste! what I am bothering for? The people I work with are nice and i like them but now I am having trouble getting time for vacation and I only work part time. I work when they want me too, even though it is difficult because I am in school, have kids, etc, you know, we are all busy. And I have thought about picking up extra shifts with a peds company but everything I have looked at cuts into one of my days either when i am in school or at work. any thoughts?
    angels mommy
  5. by   TylerT27
    I understand how you feel. I've been. Nurse for two years and I've worked every floor in the hospital. I'm in the army and they require us to rotate for up to a year to every floor in the hospital minus ICU and peds. Across the board. Patients are very demanding. It doesn't matter the floor or the diagnoses. Granted depending on Age, DX, and a whole host of other factors. Currently, I am a Progressive Care nurse. Occasionally, Ill have a truly sic pt. most of the time the pts problems exist because they are overweight, diabetic, copd from smoking, hypertensive, post drug/alcohol abuse ,etc... Long story short, they come to the hospital because they didn't care for the,selves and now they expect us to care for them. Honestly, does it really make a difference? Once you have these problems they don't just go away. The same people keep coming back over and over again. Considering, it is a military facility and we treat a specific population. Still, I have seen every type of person. The entire IN PT experience is like this. Managing problems that they, most like
    Y, caused themselves. For whatever reason, such as lack of knowledge, depression, or whatever the case my be. Still, you can not claim ignorance to the fact that you smoked, drank to excess, and over eat your entire life. Now, they expect me to be there waiter. Obviously, I'm am venting frustrations. I do have good days. On occasion. However, it is still over shadowed by the bad, demanding, unreasonable patient that nothing I do for them is truly going to change their outcome or prognosis. That's what is disheartening about nursing I have experienced so far. I feel why did I go to school, study very hard, and continue to study hard and progress to care for a majority of people who don't or will not care for themselves and wont take personal responsibility for the unhealthy life they have lived. I don't car about the money or title. I just want to feel like a truly make a difference. I don't know where that is yet.

    Pls, do not respond to this post saying I am a bad nurse and I shouldn't say this, etc, etc,

    I'm just sharing a feeling and experience. I do care for people. That's why I am frustrated. If I didn't care. I would quit.
  6. by   martymoose
    i had a pt the other day who od on a illegal drug. when they started coming around, they said "You are here to serve me!!, now where's my <expletive> spoon and hamburger???"

    Let me get that for you- I have the time.
  7. by   CaitlynRNBSN
    I don't think anybody is a bad nurse by saying they hate their job. We are just being honest. Sure some love their job and would not trade it for the world. I get patients who I adore and would do anything for them. It's the ones who don't take care of themselves, so bad to the point they can't even itch their own foot.
    One morbidly obese, smelly, full of wounds, every diabetic problem in the book wanted me to give him a foot massage because his "foot hurts" His feet were all fungus like, his toenails were growing their own toenails. No way in a million years am I touching those feet. Sick.
    I refused to do it, don't care what he thought of me afterwards. He can report me for all I care "my nurse wouldn't massage my feet." Yea??? i'm not getting in trouble for that one. Some people, I tell ya!! I wonder how some people made it as far as they did in life...
  8. by   Lukarets
    I hate my job as well. I work in a unit with NO techs to help. All RNs do total care for pt. idk if i hate my job, hate the place or hate some needy pts. All i know is I need something new. I can't transfer to a different unit because I need to stay with them for a year. Its so sad that I am a FTE, but only put in 2 days to work and my 3rd day are alwas R/O. Everytime I work there I dread...

    We have pts like able, capable of reaching his table, but calling me because he couldn't reach it.
    Pt who ask me to brew coffee for them (while I have 4 more pts who wants to either use the restroom/want some pain meds at the same time), i tell them they can call dining service for a coffee because it will take a while for me to come back with a fresh brewed coffee.
    Pt who will call me because he needed help holding his urinal, while he is laying in bed. The most outrageous thing is that, this pt knew he calls often and apologizes about him urinating so much. So i finally said "If you quit drinking coffee, you wouldn't urinate as much." Ugh
    Last edit by Lukarets on Sep 29, '13
  9. by   CaitlynRNBSN
    It's not only the patient's and families that are so ungrateful, it is the management and the "high ups." you know...the one's that sit in their office twiddling their thumbs while reading patient satisfactory scores on noise at night and response to call lights. You want quicker response time to the call light? Try getting out on the floor and answering a few. I would love what I do more if my job would allow me to do my job, rather than all this ridiculous stuff. I'm the type of person that is not confrontational. I just accept it, smile and move on. But it does not stop what I'm feeling deep down inside about situations. I don't know how much more I can keep bottled up inside me, but i'm thinking that it may soon be time to move away from the bedside. I've only been in nursing for 2 years and I cannot do much more of it. im 25 years old, I shouldn't be having these feelings so early on in my career. I feel like my "honey moon" phase did not last long at all!
  10. by   Been there,done that
    A nurse for two years, have enjoyed 3 patients.. and
    " a person of short temper".

    We put up with a lot and no one enjoys the handmaiden role.You are not able to find anything positive in nursing.
    Another profession sounds like the only answer.
  11. by   aywl
    Mark, will read later
  12. by   Gamecock73
    Read through all the comments and totally agree with OP and some of the other posters. I worked at a SNF for almost a year, after almost 2 years on an acute care floor. I left the acute care area thinking the switch would result in less stress. WRONG. Taking 8 pts, some violent, some confused, some positively demonic. LOL (The nurses often joked about having one particularly awful patient sprinkled with holy water or having a priest come in to do an exorcism.)

    We had one patient recently who waffled between wanting to sue us for care he perceived to be shoddy, and making sexually inappropriate comments to the nurses and patients. He made a big fuss about one instance when we had a code going on at the same time he was undergoing prep for a colonoscopy. He was very angry there wasn't at least one staff member around to continually wipe his butt, and he knew one of the local news reporters and wanted to report us for it. Blah, blah, blah.

    I too have truly enjoyed caring for about 4 or 5 patients during my time in bedside nursing. I got into nursing to help people, but at the end of the day, I never really got to see that I was making that big a difference. Taking all the abuse (verbal and physical) has just worn me down. Looking to go back into a nice, quiet office environment at this point. I may not make as much money, but at least I can come home with my sanity intact.
  13. by   CaitlynRNBSN
    I had one patient this past weekend that I truly cared taking care of. He was probably 1 in a million. I true train wreck on the phone, but when I got him, he looked healthier than me. Very very sick...he just didn't look the part, never complained, very very respectful and thanked me for everything I did. He would "cluster" his needs together so I wasn't running in and out a million times. "While your here, can I go to the bathroom so I don't have to call you back in?"...for him, I have all the time in the world and even if I didn't have the time, I would make time. He was just so respectful and kind.
    all I ever want is to be thanked once in a while, or to be treated with respect.

    On the other hand, I have a patient who is threatening to call his Lawyer because I had him in restraints due to being combative(VERY VERY strong man). He was chaptered, detox etc...you know the kind. I was called every name you could ever think of. such a pleasant man....