After my 12, I just want to go home! RANT - page 3

by SweetseRN

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Do I have any grounds for being annoyed with this? I arrive at work at 630 to prepare for my 7A shift (I do not punch in until 5 of 7)...Once 7 PM rolls around, I am exhausted. We do nurse to nurse report. The 7P folks are always... Read More


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    I don't know how u do 12 hour shifts. I've done 10 without a break and it nearly killed me. My feet and legs ached & throbbed for 2 days (and I do have good nursing shoes with support arches in them).
    This is unaccepatable. Ask ur manager if you can do a taped handover. I do not stay back for anything now - don't care if something isn't done.
    The more we as nurses tolerate this sort of rude behaviour, the more people won't care and will take advantage of us. You should not have to stay back one more minute after your shift.
    Nursing has got to the point where we may as well work around the clock, never sleep, never eat, never see our families. And just think, while ur sitting there way past your end of shift time, fuming & waiting to give h/over, management are probably out on the town or having a nice dinner, tucked up next to the TV. They don't give a shite how hard you work, they couldn't care less.
    Can u do 8 hour shifts instead over more days, or go part time?
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    i used to work with a nurse who relied on public transportation to get to work. in order to get to work on time, he'd have to leave his house at 5am; and in order to stay until the end of the shift, he'd not get home until 9 pm. he decided this was too much for him, so started arriving 20-30 minutes late and leaving 15 minutes early, each time asking his relief if they would "help him out, just this once" and come in early for him. the third time (in a row) it happened to me, i did some investigating. then i checked the sign-in sheets. he was signing in at 0700 and out at 1930 every single day despite arriving at 0730 and leaving at 1845 or so.

    the fourth day, i was in the manager's office explaining why i had altered the sign-in sheet for the day before. explained the situation to her. pete was incensed -- he thought his colleagues would just arrive early and leave late for him every single day without getting paid for it. and he thought he should get paid for 07-1930 no matter what hours he actually worked. funny how incensed his colleagues were when they realized they'd been had for about six months!
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    This is a VERY common problem, I find. When I work days, I am typically in by 6:30 am and am ready to take report by 7:00, same for when I work nights. It's unacceptable when people stroll in at 7:10 then want to take their sweet time to look everything up and don't even want to START taking report until 7:30. My goal is to have all my vitals and 8am/8pm meds done before said time (I rotate shifts) so I don't start my day by getting behind. Last week, I was giving meds at 7:15 on the night shift while most of the day shift was still on the floor because others had not taken report yet.

    I view it as common courtesy. I want to go home when I'm done with my shift so I try to ensure that my colleagues can do the same. My hospital also doesn't pay for time when we stay late. (Labor laws... what?) We've created a culture where we tolerate non-sense and it's almost impossible to change what has become ingrained in us.
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    Quote from SweetseRN
    Do I have any grounds for being annoyed with this? I arrive at work at 630 to prepare for my 7A shift (I do not punch in until 5 of 7)...Once 7 PM rolls around, I am exhausted. We do nurse to nurse report. The 7P folks are always a few minutes late, then they mosey around and by the time I am done giving report and tying up a few loose ends, its 8PM or often 830 PM. This is a rampant problem around the entire hospital. Most people don't mind staying late because it adds up to extra money. For me, getting out of work at a reasonable time (ok 730, even 745 is acceptable) is more important. I was hired for a 7A to 7P shift and I feel like it's unfair to have to stay so late more times than not. I do not mind staying once in a while if I am needed to help out, but being stuck there for really no good reason is annoying. I have noticed most nurses save their charting for after 7 PM because they have just accepted that this is the way it is...
    So my question...Is it even worth trying to work this out with one of my managers or is this just something I have to suck up and live with? 12 hour shifts are exhausting enough, but 13-14 hours is crazy to me...Sometimes I have to give a quick med or do a little task and I feel so brain dead after 7 that I feel unsafe. I know to quintuple check myself when I am that tired but again...Bottom line, I just want to go home when my shift is over!

    ..yup..me too..same thing cant leave until your relief is ready..sometimes they nice..other times they dont care. If it were me I would say to whomever was comming in..could you please try to get here on time because I have a family and other responsiblities..or just your plain old tired and dont function after your shift..then if that doesnt work..rat em out if its that much torture for you;( good luck.


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