So like the topic says, I feel like I'm in a rut.
I've been a nurse for a year and a half and I've been a med/surg nurse that whole time.
I feel bored
We don't get a variety of patients, and they ones we do get seem so predictable. Even when they go into afib in the night, or go septic, or c/o chest pain. I know what to do and get my patient's their tests and transferred safely.
Oh, a cellulitis patient? Well lets give Vanco, dressing changes, and measure the area every shift.
Oh, a back pain? How about some morphine q 4 hours and colace BID until the doctors diagnose you with something.
COPD exacerbation? Have some Levaquin, Solumedrol, oxygen, and breathing treatments.
UTI? Measure vital signs to check for sepsis q 4 hours and here's some Levaquin.
Is this normal? I started as a new grad in a hospital that was like county. I did everything, learned a lot. Now I work at a big chain hospital and I do nothing!
Dressing changes? Call the would care nurse. Breathing treatment? Call respiratory. Central line dressing? Call respiratory. Need a new IV? Call SWAT.
Anyone have any ideas? I really love to learn, and I feel so stuck. Should I try a new specialty? Just look at things with a new attitude? I don't mean to sound snobby or condescending, I just can't figure out why I'm bored. I haven't even been at this for two years. I shouldn't be bored!!!