Just Thinking About Leaving Nursing... - page 2

I've been a nurse for 2 years and I'm at cross road. I have to decide whether to continue to further my education or leave nursing all together. I've worked in a few hospitals it's all the same. We have become jaded or accustomed... Read More

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    i don't know what to tell you.

    i have been a nurse for eight long years an clicked on this because i feel the same. after graduation, i worked the same low paying position as a staff nurse on a tele unit for five years. the only reason i stayed there that long was because of a terrifying incident that occurred when i took a second job about two years in. i had been in a rut and thought a new job with new challenges might rejuvenate me. instead, i realized just how evil and vindictive nurses could be.

    i was so devastated that i was afraid to look at any other opportunities until after four years i gathered the courage to take another job that paid more closer to home. i kept the first job as per diem just in case. the move renewed my passion briefly, but after awhile the working conditions just wore me down. i was in a rut again. i decided to go back to school for my bsn, found out how challenging full time school was with two jobs. i quit my "home" job (that i had worked since graduation) and stayed in the new place. although i could have begged my old manager for my full time job back, i chose not to because, quite frankly i couldn't stand dealing with her and my immediate supervisor at the new place was tolerable. in addition, as stated previously the new place paid more and was closer to home.

    keep in mind this new place is the most bizarre, kafkaesque environment i have ever encountered. the hospital is old, but was purchased by a large for profit healthcare corporation some years back. every few years the higher ups in corporate get rid of everyone in middle management, and i mean everyone-they fire the ceo, cfo, cno, coo,directors, managers and anyone else they can get their hands on. they radically reorganize everything, have employees written up for anything, and generally cause chaos. when this happened i thought it so strange i asked old-timers *** was going on, they said, "oh this happens every couple of years." i did research (on allnurses) and found out that this occurs in other facilities they own. i believe the poster said it was to "shake everyone up."

    after this i started looking for work elsewhere. of course, that was just about the peak of the recession, and hiring stopped. i was trapped at this job, felt like i was working in the twilight zone. then he $#!% hit the fan, and i figured out why they "shake things up" every few years. this place is a union shop, and contract negotiations are coincidentally due about the same time they fire everybody (my previous employer was non-profit and non union). after a year of tense negotiations, the union voted to go on strike, which i originally supported, until i found out what they were striking over. needless to say, it was total bs on both sides. i crossed the line, figuring i was scheduled anyway so i might as well work as promised.

    after graduation i transferred to the icu to escape yet another rut and have discovered that it's the same old $#!%. i am done. i want out. i got an offer to sell vad's went on an interview, but didn't get the job. i've been applying to the state prison system, gotten several offers i haven't really pursued because they are in bfe. i am done. i want out. i am sick of the bedside not because of the patients, whom i love caring for but because of the bs that prevents me from caring for them. i am only going to that hellhole so that i can pay my bills. i have a chant i use before work to get me in the mood "assessment charting communication customer service focus i love my job it's going to be a great night positive attitude teamwork time management" these are the favorite things of my employer. it's not working anymore.
    Jessy_RN, sistasoul, Jerrysdogmommy, and 1 other like this.

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    Quote from NewTexasRN

    I did a phone interview with manager prior to taking the job. I specially asked her what the ratio was and she said 1:7. So can you imagine how much anger I felt after the first week? She should have told me the truth. I was so livid, I wanted to call the agency and get out of the contract. The contract will be completed in January and believe me, I will NEVER work for that facility again. Thank you for all your advice.
    I'd be furious too. Seems to me the agency violated the contract when you were lied to. You were misled after honestly asking about the ratios. Therefore, the agency should let you out of the contract.
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    I work for the V.A. Every place has their issues. The V.A. is no different. I have a love/hate relationship with my work place. ha ha ha I have also worked for Indian Health Service. Loved it:redpinkhe
    Quote from brandy1017
    Can anyone working at a VA hospital give feedback on their experience, working conditions, and hiring process, etc?
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    If hospitals and other health care facilities had MDs and nurses as CEOs I think our job satisfaction would go up. The paper pushers that are our management have no clue as to what truly goes on and how hard they make it for us to care for our patients without being stressed out and overwhelmed due to time constraints and high patient acuity.
    I love being a bedside nurse but the BS that goes on makes it really hard to care for these people the way they should be.
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    I've been in the medical field since 1994. It's all I know...and LOVE. I have experience in billing, transcription, reception, medical records, and insurance referrals/authorizations. Since obtaining my LPN in 2010, I've struggled with it grealty. Graduated 3rd in my class, Nightingale Award and perfect attendance. I've worked 12 weeks on med surg-stroke floor, 4 months in a nursing home (love geri patients) and a year for a general surgeon in the office. I'm currently taking a break from nursing b/c frankly, I'm sick of the way I've been treated by employers. I've not found 1 employer that would give any credit for my past experience b/c it is not "nursing" so I've been forced to take jobs that pay so low I can't have a car and a house payment at the same time, if I want to feed my kids. I recently got remarried and started taking service calls for my husbands computer business- just one service call (one hour) is what I can make in a full day as working as an LPN. I've left a career that I LOVE b/c I cannot support a family on loving my career. It's very frustrating.

    I considered flipping to RN, but the loans and bills still wouldn't be worth the salary and I do not want to lock myself into 12 hour shifts, nights and weekends only to be overwhelmed by nurse to patient work load. At this point in my life, I'm going to train at a locally owned physician's office (not owned by a large company, doesn't even accept assignment or file insurance, except Medicare) just to cover for sick leave and vacation. I want to keep my skills and license up. I COMPLETELY understand where you are. I wish I'd never have gone to nursing school. I felt I was making a career advancement, instead I started ALL over! It was a horribly tough decision, because I loved nursing, but for now I'm happy staying at home with my kids and helping with our home business.
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    I tell a lot of nurses that may feelat their breaking point to maybr try home care & also research the many other avenues of nursing such as working from home, nurse visits, etc
    Last edit by Esme12 on Aug 2, '12 : Reason: TOS txt speak
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    I recieved many rewards for my service as a RN which made other nurses upset and jealous. It really doesn't matter how great of a nurse you are and how skilled you are, your constantly dealing with back stabbers who are trying to make you lose your license. I always felt like I had to look over my shoulders. The stress of having so much responsibity for peoples' life alone is enough but added onto that your working with unethical people who try to sabatage you.

    You know when they say if your not sure of something ask someone, well I've seen other nurses ask a coworker something and they complained to the manager and the whole floor that they were asked something and that they are now worried about patient safety. Then the manager puts the nurse through all sorts of test while they all pretend that she's not competent. She passed the tests, but why can't a nurse ask another nurse anything with out problems. Is it not better to make sure your right about a decision and get a second opinion. Isn't that the responsible thing to do?

    There is no trust, no team work, no care for each other. Your afraid of being abused and lied on by patients. Afraid of not being perfect at all times and even when very competent, afraid someone will sabatage you or lie that you did something you never did and no one will believe you. There is no support.

    When I had to work a night shift I was told by a patient, "is it only at night the cock roaches come out?" How do you answer stupid questions like that. Pretend you don't understand and keep smiling like nothing happend. Or able bodied patients who decide that they don't want to go to the washroom so they are going to **** and **** in the bed for you to clean it up. Are you kidding me, who the hell wants a stranger cleaning their ass when they are able to do it themselves. Then they smile in your face and dare you to make any negative gestures so they can report to the manager how bad you made them feel.

    One nurse I knew never spoke unless necessary and kept taking the beatings until she finally left. She was an excellent nurse. Very skilled. She was the go to person if you had a difficult situation and needed help. She got tired of the abuse and also resigned. There is no respect or appreciation for each other. LPN's are treated as if their stupid. I have heard nurses finishing there shifts and telling patients that the the person that will be replacing her is not a real nurse, and if she needed anything ring for the real nurse. Then when I'm workking with the LPN she complained that the patient kept asking he for the "real nurse". The RN on the previous shift set the LPN up in a position to be not trusted by her patient, and that's terrible. They don't think how that make the patient feel. They only think about putting that nurse in a already difficult situation.
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    I feel like I need to be constantly looking over my shoulder also. I was written up fora delay in patient care but no one can give me any specifics as to what the delay was. I am 99 percent sure I know which one of my co workers complained. I heard it through the grapevine that this co-worker had to write up a big long letter describing the "incident" and that the other co-worker that was also in on the "incident' said that none of what she wrote happened. I was never spoken too before I was written up and asked my side of the story. This ****** me off. I refused to sign the write up even though it will still go into my file. I thought this was America where you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. I am so done with hospital nursing.
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    The presumption of innocence is within the criminal justice system, not in the corporate system

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