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

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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 telemetry/intermediate care. We will... Read More


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    It's so disappointing to see that many nurses have similar dislikes, myself included. Aside from AN, many nurses I know don't enjoy bedside nursing for the same reasons. At this point, I'm looking to change specialties and move to a different city entirely because I need a change. As I'm looking through various job postings, there are only a few that interest me. I don't really know what the solution is for any of us.
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    Quote from Jenni811
    So..we had to hold her down to get the IV in. Now family is threatening to press charges because she got bruises on her feet from us holding her down.
    ok 1) You wanted EVEYRTHING DONE for her. This means doing something like this. and
    2) Your mom got those bruises from kicking the foot of her bed like a 2 year old in a temper tantrum.
    If they press charges then if I was the CNA I would press charges against her for kicking me in the face. I wonder what the family would say to that.

    I had a patient like this. He kicked the CNA in the stomach and then he started throwing stuff at the night shift nurse. I have a very commanding voice so I came with the Haldol and told him stop his behavior. I was giving him some IM haldol and he said he is calling the police because we are mistreating him. I handed him the phone and said go right ahead. And if you do I will tell them that you not only kicked 2 staff members, you were throwing things at us and tried to bite one of the nurses.

    I'm still waiting for him to call the police.... And I barely heard a peep out of him the rest of the day. And this wasn't his first dose of haldol either.

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    Quote from anotherone
    well, what else is there to do that pays the same? looks are long gone for the high paying waitressing jobs and that was hit or miss! at nearly 30 i already feel way too old to go back to school for something completely different!i suck it up big time at work and try not to think about it. most of the time i find it pretty funny. i have cut back to nearly no ot and it helped a lot. now i only deal with it 3 nights a week. management and co workers are worse,imo. i can deal pretty well with most pts and smile and nod . if it is doable i dont get annoyed, i will wipe their face or their butt. but if i am busy with real poblems and get b@"&$?! at for not getting an ice cream fast enough , i get annoyed and angry! ugh

    I'm almost 40 and I'm going back to school for something different. I am determined to get out of nursing as fast as I can.

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    I've considered a Masters in OT/ PT, but I'm not sure. I know quite a few nurses who have recently said they're looking into NP school. They've each worked 5-10 years at the bedside and have had enough.
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    Dear OP....

    Consider Emergency Nursing.
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    Quote from Jenni811
    Oh dear. I don't understand how people do Ortho. We occasionally get overflow orthos (or if they have a cardiac condition then ortho unit refuses to take them). They are the most demanding patients in the world. I have no sympathy for their pain when they are like that.
    I broke my arm in 5 places and had bones sticking out of my skin and i could STILL function in life and not act like a baby. Yea, it hurt but the world was not ending.
    We occasionally get overflow orthos too...I love transferring them from stretcher to bed. "Now now WAIT A MINUTE WAIT A MINUTE! HOLD ON!" "Ma'am let go of the rail, we are going to pull you over and if you keep holding onto the rail you're going to hurt yourself and us too." "HOLD ON HOLD ON JUST A MINUTE!" On and on for 5-10 minutes, just for a bed transfer. It. Never. Fails.
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    Quote from DoeRN
    If they press charges then if I was the CNA I would press charges against her for kicking me in the face. I wonder what the family would say to that.

    I had a patient like this. He kicked the CNA in the stomach and then he started throwing stuff at the night shift nurse. I have a very commanding voice so I came with the Haldol and told him stop his behavior. I was giving him some IM haldol and he said he is calling the police because we are mistreating him. I handed him the phone and said go right ahead. And if you do I will tell them that you not only kicked 2 staff members, you were throwing things at us and tried to bite one of the nurses.

    I'm still waiting for him to call the police.... And I barely heard a peep out of him the rest of the day. And this wasn't his first dose of haldol either.

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    *** In my hospital that lady would have found herself in 4 point restrains so fast her head would spin. It is our policy that any A&O patient that hits, kicks, bites, or in any other way harms, or attempts to harm staff or other patients we call the cops and press charges exactly as if the incident had happend on the street between strangers. More than once I have seen patients discharged from the hospital into the custody of waiting police officers, or seen patients actually under arrest while still in the hospital.
    Confused patient who harm or attempt to harm staff get physicialy restrained until (if) another solution can be found (drugs usually, or maybe have a family member a bedside or other ideas). I, as rapid response nurse, am authorized to restrain any patient I feel is a threat to themselves or others without a physicians order. Of course we have to get the physician involved and have to get an order eventualy but so long as I am personaly on the sceen I can restrain anyone I feel needs it. And I do.
    On many occasons we have had patients call the police from their bed. Our local police simply call the unit and tell us about it. They never respond in person.
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    Quote from Jenni811
    No, i would never attack patients or familes verbally or physically. I like to THINK about it, and vent and curse about it when i get home. I like to vent to others who understand. When i come home and vent to my fiance, he just will look at me and be like "Oh. Ok. What should we have for dinner?"
    I have better luck venting to my dog than to others who don't understand what its like. So I come here to vent. and vent to others who understand me, and can tell me im not a horrible person for thinking these things.
    The lady i went off on that one day, ANY NURSE would have done what i did and majority would have probably done it alot sooner than me. I put up with it for 4 days and 12 hour shifts. I was fed up. Yes, looking back i should have requested not to be with that patient anymore to "share the love" with the others. But my charge nurse that day is a very touchy/feely nurse and she was like "I really truley feel you are making a connection with this family."....i put on a smile and did it. But i would never hurt anyone physically or verbally. I would never swear nor yell at anyone.
    Would i tell them like it is? Of course, if it is needed. And any nurse should do that. We are advocates for our patients. She was getting in the way of me caring for my patient so i needed to tell her. Just the way it is.
    I'm honest, i tell it like it is but i try to be respectful. I have the right to THINK what i want and vent when im away from them. there is alot in my mind i want to say to patients and families, but i don't do it. I come here to say it and get it off my mind. It makes me feel better. Try it sometime!!! Im pretty sure you are not 100% florence nightengale. Even Nurse Flo would not put up with some of the stuff we do. Enough said
    I never said I was Florence Nightengale, I'm human with my faults. Just from everything YOU'VE said on here you sound very very angry and very unhappy. Unless you find a way, soon, to channel those feelings, I feel you're going to snap at work and either say something that will get you fired, or really lose it and hurt someone. Maybe all you need is a vacation to recenter yourself, or get a therapist, or start a journal so you can write out how you're feeling. Or quit and find a new career. Good luck.
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    Quote from redhead_NURSE98!
    We occasionally get overflow orthos too...I love transferring them from stretcher to bed. "Now now WAIT A MINUTE WAIT A MINUTE! HOLD ON!" "Ma'am let go of the rail, we are going to pull you over and if you keep holding onto the rail you're going to hurt yourself and us too." "HOLD ON HOLD ON JUST A MINUTE!" On and on for 5-10 minutes, just for a bed transfer. It. Never. Fails.

    hahahaha!!! so true. I'm the mean nurse and put the side rails down and im like "NOW LET GO!!!"
    And here i am thinking our hospital attracts the crazys when it is clearly a problem nation-wide! and they are ALL THE SAME. You have to laugh at it.

    Once had an ortho patient who refused to wear is ETC02 monitor for his PCA pump. So i finally got fed up with giving him the "talk" about why he needs to wear it. Finally i had it and i told him "Look. If you don't want to wear it that is fine. take it off...see what happens."
    So he takes it off and his PCA pump paused and he was unable to push the button because of the emergency lock on it if it isn't sensing a breath. It beeeped and beeped and beeped for like 30 minutes (I had it so quite others couldn't here it). He had his call light on like 5 times in that 30 minutes for us to shut the beeping off.
    My reply was "We have one of two options to stop the beeping. 1) You put your ETCO2 monitor back on or 2) we shut the PCA off. Let me know when you decide" he ended up putting the ETCO2 monitor back on and never complained about his ETC02 monitor again. Problem solved!
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    OP, I know how you feel. I have seen MANY nurses who completely agree with you! And I was only in my first year of nursing and I was sick of babysitting these patients. For the most part, I can smile and bear it. I mean, everyone acts weird when they're in the hospital, right? Right? That's what I try and tell myself. After almost a year on a cardiac telemetry unit, I knew that if I stayed I would end up hating my job, since I was already leaning that way. So I changed it up! I went to the ER and I have been there almost a year, and I still love it!!! Why don't you go to critical care or emergency? It might be the new challenge you need. And you get sick patients. Though in the ER, there are MANY patients who are not sick and are playing with the system, but it's always a good story


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