Staffing? Patients? Doctors? Oblivious Management? Equipment? Layout?
Ever have it ALL become overwhelming?
Ever think you cannot come back the next day?
After 20 years on my unit, I left sobbing, feeling I could never go back! And, I haven't!
Patients unappreciative, patient care minimally adequate, patients complaining after all you do.
Physicians who have such a 'me first' attitude, regardless of unit activity, patient's preference, or staffing. (You know, the 'STAT' c/s so they can get home for dinner...the 'let's section the 28 week triplets in an hour but NICU is on divert...the 'let's push the pitocin' even though the patient really wants natural childbirth)
Broken or missing equipment (you know, reaching for O2 mask and finding none; no IVs in the stock room...and your patient is bleeding out; bed controls that don't work anymore, etc.)
Management whose goal is to fill the beds and keep the doctors happy...regardless of the nursing staff work load, acuity of patients, etc. Bringing in elective inductions as soon as beds are emptied & cleaned...before breaks or lunches, etc.
Please, help me find the courage and strength to go back to work!!!