Problems with PICU nurses

  1. 0 Have any of you PICU nurses heard that in order to deal with the stressors of PICU that lots of nurses turn to drugs, alcohol, or sexual addictions? I have heard this from a nurse manager of a PICU. I am certain that this in not the norm by any means but that there is an increased percentage in the PICU of these addictions?
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    About NeoRNtobe

    31 Years Old; Joined Oct '04; Posts: 34.

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  3. Visit  NotReady4PrimeTime profile page
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    In my nine years of PICU nursing, I've only known one drug-addicted nurse. I have known a few nurses who are "free with their favours", and a few who like their liquor, but by far the majority are totally healthy in their coping. I can't think why that manager would try to turn you off with a scare tactic like that... unless things in that unit are so bad that everyone's a basket case. In that circumstance, I'd RUN!
  4. Visit  weekend warrior profile page
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    I have never heard this specifically about PICU nurses. Of course I've heard about nurses in general and their access to drugs being a problem with those that have addictions .
  5. Visit  WarEagle4Life profile page
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    Never heard that one. Odd that a manager would say something like that. As far as my unit goes, can only think of one RN over the years, but she had lots of other problems outside work. Our management offers us "Caring for the Caregivers" sessions when things have been stressful or just when we think we need it. Our unit, I think, copes in healthier ways.
  6. Visit  prmenrs profile page
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    Baloney. Bologna. Horse droppings.

    There are plenty of healthy ways to deal w/stress.

    I heartily suggest ignoring what she said (maybe SHE's the one w/a problem?), and seek employment elsewhere. I agree w/Janfrn.
  7. Visit  LIZPICURN profile page
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    I have been a PICU traveller and work with wonderful men and women. The units are strong and the RN's are wonderful support systems to each other. It is a shame this Nurse manager is painting such a false picture to you and who knows who else.
  8. Visit  caroladybelle profile page
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    I think that ststement by the nurse manager teaches you more about the "issues" of the nurse manager than the staff of the PICU/NICU.
  9. Visit  RNNPICU profile page
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    HI!
    I am new to this forum. I was a little older than the traditional student when I started nursing school, but now I have graduated with an RN-BSN and have a job in the PICU - which I am thrilled about. Does anyone have any advise for a new PICU RN? I have been working an a medical unit as a PCT for 4 years and did not want to stay on as a new grad.

    thanks
    RNNPICU
  10. Visit  NotReady4PrimeTime profile page
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    RNNPICU, PM me. We'll chat...
  11. Visit  KJAVRN profile page
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    I have been a PICU nurse for 5 years, I don't know of any nurses on my unit that have any of the problems you outlined.
    I think that manager telling you this tells you a little bit about the unit, perhaps you may want a job in a different PICU
  12. Visit  Redneckmedic63 profile page
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    Maybe I've missed something! I work with an awesome bunch of people who are very supportive of each other. PICU is one of the hardest areas to cope with, so you have to lean on each other - alot! Sounds like this nurse manager has issues of her own - not sure I'd like to work for her. IMHO, find another hospital PICU where everyone sems happy with their job!
  13. Visit  Romeo4u-RN profile page
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    Oh wow, the things they say about us these days. My guess is that either that nurse manager is smoking alot of dope, or she's a borderline nutcase. Honestly speaking I've never heard of this before. This is like a slap on the face to those hardworking and caring nurses in the PICU unit who with their love,patience,and sacrifice are not only saving lives, but really care about their patients. Just because a few rotten apples turn sour,it doesn't mean that the majority are the same. My advice to you, is to tell madam nurse manager to go get some therapy, and then find another job in another hospital. The RN's who work in PICU, are considered to be part of an elite unit, and should not be treated like this.




    Quote from NeoRNtobe
    Have any of you PICU nurses heard that in order to deal with the stressors of PICU that lots of nurses turn to drugs, alcohol, or sexual addictions? I have heard this from a nurse manager of a PICU. I am certain that this in not the norm by any means but that there is an increased percentage in the PICU of these addictions?
  14. Visit  PICURN74 profile page
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    I have seen impared nurses in and out of the PICU, the reality is people in all occupations have stressors and choose to cope with them in positive and negative ways. Nurses have higher access to drugs and needles so some aruge they are more likely to use drugs to cope however where there is a will there is a way. I don't know of any studies that have specifically looked at impared nurses by units they work on.


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