I am at "year 6" of nursing, and I can't help but notice that nursing jobs seem to be getting worse and worse as time goes by!
When I first entered nursing, there was a big push for appropriate acuity of patients, constructive patient-to-nurse ratios, quality of care, and a big push to ensure nurses had rights in the workplace for things like lunch breaks, no pressure for overtime, and a quality-of-worklife standard.
Now that the economy went sour, it seems like all of these workplace improvements have gone by the wayside, and we are moving back into an "anything goes" mentality, where everything is piled on the nursing staff, and if you don't like it, there is the door.
Is it me? Am I just tired? Or does anyone else notice this?
I have seen the same.
Enough of being treated like a naughty child while shouldering the huge responsibility of fellow human beings' welfare. How did this happen?
The current acceptable treatment of nurses in the US is healthcare's dirty little secret. Overburdened nurses who are denied autonomy equate to patients' overexposure to harm.
Nurses and their patients have become pawns in the business of healthcare. I respect myself and my abilities too much to be a part of this sickness. Off to graduate school in a non nursing major.
Last edit by PintheD on Jun 30, '12
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Quote from Wise Woman RN
Press Gainey, Studer Group, the roboticization of nurses: " Is there anything else you need? I have the time..." More and more directors of stuff, less and less direct care for the patient, and the media making nurses the carriers of all disease, and the cause of all distress in the hospital. Bad food? Nurse's fault. Too cold or hot? Nurse's fault. Visitors not cared for also? Nurse's fault. Too many extra documentation requirements related to the Joint, the State, and Medicare. I am tired, tired. It took 20 years, but I am worn down to the point that I don't want to be a nurse anymore. The funny thing is, all I ever wanted to do was to care for my patients. That has been taken away from me. The burnout that I am experiencing is not from caring too much, but from not being allowed to care at all. 10 months to go, to be free. I really hope that I can make it without ending up a victim of a hospital's overriding need to ensure that the profits increase, and the CEO's and directors need to maintain their lifestyle.
Wish I could "Like" this post at least 100 times---you have NAILED it, Wise Woman!!
I love my job and plan to stay until I retire (or wind up on disability due to the stress levels), but I'd drop it like a hot potato if I had the option. I am so, so tired of families with nothing but complaints to offer and being harangued about issues I have nothing to do with: Residents' laundry. Missed beauty-shop appointments. Billing errors. Meal service. Cold soup. Beds not made. Activities calendar not done for the day. I want to yell, "Excuse me, but do I look like a (insert term of choice here) concierge?!" :icon_roll
But I just keep smiling and referring these nincompoops to the correct people, because that's what I went to nursing school for, right?
Last edit by VivaLasViejas on Jun 30, '12
Quote from PeepnBiscuitsRN
Sometimes I think patients and their families are subliminally trained to be thankless and ungrateful. I think the welcome packets they get on admission, the posters in the room and the public access channels in the hospital all sort of drill into their heads this idea of entitlement, and that no matter what, they are the ONLY person the hospital revolves around. They're not the patient, they're the GUEST. This is a hospi-tel you know...there's housekeeping, there's the "dining service" dressed in their little bowties and suits that come around and take the patient's order, and then we come and take their trays away and listen to then bi*** about how horrible the food was. Gee, sorry, I'll get right into that kitchen and make you a new one...oh you don't like that one either, well, how about we make you something else? That's icky too? Wow, if you were my kids I'd have told you after the second course that this is dinner, take it or leave it! Oh, sorry I forgot to fluff your pillow...can't have our precious heads resting on anything short of a pristinely fluffed pillow. Should I tuck you in and kiss you nighnight too?
i agree! one time i went running around the hospital trying to find a red popsicle for a patient. i told one of my co-workers, "wow...when i was in the hospital after i had my children, i didn't even know that i could ask for a drink!" she laughed, but i was serious.
i had my husband go to the vending machine to get me a drink...it never crossed my mind to ask a nurse to get me something. why would i? now, if one of my stitches were popping out then i would have hit the call bell, but for a drink? it literally didn't cross my mind. i guess if i had been alone then i would've asked for some water WHEN the nurse came by. i would've never expected that i could even have a soda for "free"! and this wasn't long ago...it was just 6 years ago.
this whole "they are clients, not patients" thing and letting them order whatever they want as if they're in a restaurant is absurd. i do recall having trays brought to me, but i don't remember ever being asked what i wanted....or caring really. if it was something i wanted to eat then i would eat it. if not....then i would see if anyone else wanted it and set it to the side. i would've never dreamed of asking for something else. where do people even get the audacity to behave like they're in the ritz?
Last edit by minnymi on Jul 1, '12
Ok first things first, I'm not in any way going to say I disagree with anything that anyone above me has said. Because I do 100%,
Quote from minnymi
I would've never dreamed of asking for something else. where do people even get the audacity to behave like they're in the ritz?
With the soaring, intentionally inflated costs of healthcare.... 10-20-100 thousand dollars for a stay in the hospital....I'd expect to be waited on hand and foot too. Not necessarily by RN's though.
Lemme put it this way:
I had one hospital stay, for 14 days, 3 long bone fractures, 5 rib fractures, punctured lung,
The cost of that 14 days was more than the sum of all of the following:
The condo I have bought with my boyfriend,
Both of our cars
My entire out of state undergraduate education,
My nursing school education
Had I known that this stint in the hospital would cost me nearly $18,000 a night, I probably would have been a much bigger pain in the ass than I was.
Last edit by 2BRN123 on Jul 1, '12