I volunteered to go up to one of the med/surg units today just to help them out. One of the nurses there that I have know for a long time asked me, "Do you like your job?" I told her yes, I love my job." (pacu) Then she said "Aren't you bored?" I'm thinking , what are you talking about! :angryfire I take care of 15 -20 fresh post-op pt's a day. Give approx. 100 or more pain, nausea, bp meds a day, take approx 60 sets of vs, comfort and reorient pts that are waking up and have no idea where they are and what has happened. We take care of newborns -100yr olds. In addition we pull arterial sheaths on all our cath lab pts and call pts for pre=op interviews. When do I have time to be bored?
What do people think we do all day? I really want to know what the general nursing population thinks we do. Do they really think we just sit and write down vital signs? All med/surg nurses feel free to respond. I know what you do. I did it for several years. It is a very hard job. Please have respect for what I do. Pacu is a critical care area. Sorry for the rant... This person hit a nerve, and she is a friend of mine. :angryfire