I need advice. I am a RN with 2 years of experience. My speciality is cardiac although I have med surg experience as well. Ever since I graduated from school with my BSN in 2010, I have had this love/hate relationship with nursing. I will start with my first job.
I worked my first job as a floor nurse for a year before deciding to challenge myself in the ICU. I left my first job for a neuro ICU job that only lasted 1 month before I resigned. It was not a good fit. I then was taken back by the hospital corporation I worked my first job at (BJC Healthcare), but was hired on at another hospital of theirs which was the worst hospital ever. Too many unstable patients leaving the ER unstabilized to go to the floor, crazy ratios with it being a cardiac unit (6 patients, acuity not considered), bad management, etc. Too many safety issues. So I spoke my mind about all of these safety concerns, nothing was done to address them, and I left. Very quickly, I was interviewed for my current job.
Not even 2 weeks passed from my last job that I was interviewed and hired at a LTC facility. This place cannot keep RNs. It is so different from the hospital and not in a good way. Nurses who do not do assessments, CNAs who "fake" vital signs, no supplies, no clean gowns, unstable residents not being sent out of followed up on (except by this nurse who does assess and send them out!). Many, many safety concerns. I went from bad to worse. I an a night RN who watches 36 residents with the help of 2 CNAs (that is another thing -- usually, the CNAs have this nasty habit of calling in. With it being late at night, there is no one to come in for them. CNAs are then stretched, having 28 residents or so a piece. Crazy, right?).
I feel secure in my critical thinking. I assess my residents and keep them safe. I call doctors when necessary to follow up with abnormalities and concerns. However, I am not sure if this is a good fit for me. I have an interview with a med surg floor today. I do not know how to feel about it.
My husband is sick to death of nursing. Tired of hearing me talk about the negative aspects of nursing. He wants me to just stick to a job. I want a safe job with competent coworkers and adequate supplies. However, I am tired. I am sick of moving around with these jobs. In two years, I am on my fourth job (3 if you do not count the month I spent in ICU). That is alot for 2 years, I know.
What are your thoughts? Should I stay at the LTC where I am despite all of my concerns and the crazy high RN turnover rate? Or should I start another job for probably less pay (LTC pays more than the hospital) for a job that is farther away from home? I love my residents although I do not like how my current place of employment is ran. I see too many safety concerns.
Is there such a thing as a "safe" nursing job?! With my experiences in addition to my nursing buddies, I am starting to think there is no such thing as a safe nursing job, safe environments to give patient care. I am beyond bummed at this realization. I have really high standards of care and am very detailed oriented. I detest sloppy nursing practices.
What are you thoughts? Please help. Should I suck it up in LTC (even though I am a good critical care cardiac RN) or go back to the hospital?