After reading through the posts, I have a couple of thoughts...
1. High standards are AWESOME! They can never be too high...however, approach is EVERYTHING. There is an RN on my floor that scares me to death, intimidates me, and rolls her eyes at me all the time. The thing is, I get she is an awesome and experienced nurse, but why do you have to treat other people like that? She does this to everyone! You can get your point across better by not being rude, mean, or short. You know?
2. My 2nd thought is that we all have heard that "health care changes rapidly." Are we so tired of that or what??? The problem is we can't change policies and ways of thinking to keep up with "health care changing rapidly!" I think that is where the overworked part comes from...too many different people thinking their way is the best way to run a shift, but no consistency whatsoever. Sometimes it seems like organized chaos!
3. I agree with another post, some RN's went into this thinking good money, good schedule, and that's it. This is a job you have to really understand, want, and have a passion for. Nursing school
is COMPLETELY different from being on your own on the floor, and everybody expects probably more from an RN than is reasonable. That is just part of the job, and you have to be willing to work through that. I would love to see nursing schools
institute more preceptorship time at the end of the program, similar to that of student teaching. This would only happen AFTER you get your license so that your preceptor RN does not hold all the risk.
All in all, things need to change in nursing, but the fact is that there is little money to make changes and a lot of resistance because of the complexity of it all. The best thing you can have is have a great attitude and treat others with respect...demand that of others as well, don't be a door mat and don't let people treat you like dirt. Being positive can be contagious...it just takes one person to start!
BTW, I LOVE MY JOB! RN for a year, starting in peds periop next month!