It's always good to be appreciated and respected no matter what job you work in. I appreciate the RNs, the CNA, the Receptionist, the Medical Records person, the transporter, and last but not least the housekeepers. All of these people help to care for the pt., or help the pt be cared for.
Wouldn't be nice to work somewhere, where everyone is valued for the job they do, and the commitment they bring to their postions?
I work at Group Health Hospital Eastside in Remond, Wa. I work with about ten RNs, one CNA, two MAs, and 5 Docs. I'm contracted to work in the recovery room of a GI specialty unit. We do Colons, Flex Sigs, and EGDs. We treat each as well as the best families treat each other. Everyone is committed to providing the best care possible for the pt., and have no time or need to put anyone down. We ALL work
together to help care for the pt. I almost left there at the end of my last contract to go to another assignment in Texas. I was talked out of it! Not only did the hospital want me to stay, they agreed to allow me to change to another agency, and agreed to a substantial increase in pay!
The unit was planning a pot luck to say goodbye if I hadn't chose to stay, but when I signed another contract, they threw the pot luck anyway to say how glad they were that I was staying!
I feel like a part of a family, and I commute with a couple of the nurses also. We eat together, pray with each other during crisises, and even spend time after work together. NEVER is the initials RN or LPN EVER brought up! I have been told that when this contract ends, that they don't plan on letting me leave. These nurses know I make as much or more than they do, BUT they don't have problem with it, because they have chosen to have the security of a stable position. But they're aware that they have the choice!
When I think of where I could be working, and with what kind of personalities, I might not leave then either!
There ARE good places to work at that doesn't make you feel like you're less than. I have worked at the VA, and I have worked with those who TRY and make you feel like you're not a nurse. I have also worked at a VA, that realized that my experience level was desireable. They also tried to keep me, but they had a habit of floating you several times in one shift, so I didn't stay there.
I would humbly suggest that if you don't feel challenged, and appreciated, go where you do.