Reading through these topics it sounds as if a lot of nurses are working under terrible hospital environments. It makes me realize how lucky I am to work where I do.
I'm an RN on an inpatient psychiatric unit. I have a supportive manager and great co workers. Sure it's not perfect but we really are a team that respects each other and works well together. This includes nurses, psychiatrists, social workers, RT and pastoral care. Most of us have been on the same unit 20-30 years. Staffing is adequate and if acuity is high every step is made to get extra help. We have each others backs and more importantly want the best for our patients. We are good at what we do!
Upper management also has support for the nursing staff. While money and customer service are at the top of their list; it's not at the expense of nurses. Our safety is important. At a recent mandatory in service day it was stressed that any threat from family/patients will not be tolerated. We were instructed to call security and fill out work place violence forms. Of course on our unit this has always been a top priority; it is now being stressed everywhere. When I was assaulted by a patient and off work 5 months, my facility stayed behind me.
I just felt the need to point out that there are good places to work. Places where you do feel valued and like you are making a difference. Places where your skills, compassion, desire to help, all the reasons you became a nurse, can be utilized at high potential!