I dont think acute care floor nursing is right for me. What is? - Page 2Register Today!
- Jun 19, '12 by mindlorOy you have my dearm job!!!! 4:1? Sometimes 5:1!!!!
Try 6:1, often 7:1, all strict contact iso, all incontinent of B&B. All on vents or trachs. All with multiple comorbidities. All with demanding families. All with a list as long as your leg of meds that must be crushed and given via tube q4. Sprinkle in three or 4 discharges and admits per day.
My advice is take a moment and thank god for the job you have. I assure you the grass is not greener
That said, you have your magic experience. You should be able to pick and choose where you work now
Follow your heart....
ps, sounds to me like you work for the VA...yes?
- Jun 22, '12 by klaRN01@ Mindlor
Sounds like you have it tough, but i guarantee you my job is FAR from a dream job. No i dont work for the VA. I am thankful to have a job but BS is still BS. As far as ratios 4:1 5:1 in my opinion it is not good when you have cardiovascular surgery patients (i.e. open hearts), cardiac drips, when neuro is full new and evolving CVAs "stable" enough to not need neuro-icu, monitored transports for diagnostics, frequent vitals with drip titrations and returning surgicals, insulin drips with q2hr one touches and etc. Im no stranger to patients with a tube from every orifice and demanding families. On my unit the discharges, admits, and transfers are constant as well. I guess its just less than idea conditions everywhere. Until there are stricter laws r/t nursing staffing and conditions we're going to continue to get screwed i guess.
- Jun 22, '12 by prinsessaI know how you feel. I'm not in love with working on the floor. People keep telling me that maybe I should just transfer to another floor but I don't think I want to work in an inpatient setting. I worked in LTC for year before moving to sub-acute rehab. I'm not exactly sure what I would like to do....I just know this isn't it. I'm thinking that I would be happier in public health. Have you thought of that? Good luck finding the area that works for you...