Did I make the right decision - page 3
by tothepointeLVN 2,799 Views | 23 Comments
Yesterday during my shift I received a call from my agency that my pt's mother had decided to give 2 of my days to the weekend nurse. I at that time requested another case. I made the decision not to return to this case. I have... Read More
- 0Aug 20, '10 by tothepointeLVNYeah not my best moment thats for sure. I get delusional when I don't sleep
I think I'm burnt out on private duty. I'm tired of having to work for the parents. I'm tired of being asked to perform my nursing task incorrectly to please them while their looking and then doing it the right way when they're not. I often feel with PD that the moms think they know more than the nurses. I need to learn to say no. I have a problem where if they call me and ask me to work I say yes and then immediately regret it.
Well right now I'm just going to concentrate on school and then finding a position that works around my school not me trying to make my body do crazy things like work 11-7 sleep until 12 got to school and then go to work.
I guess residually I'm worried that private duty is turning me into a bad nurse.
- 0Aug 20, '10 by caliotter3Agree with you 100%. Even though I've decided to not waste my energy trying to educate those who won't be educated, I find that I still suffer from the residual effects of stupidly going along with their wishes. It is no longer a satisfying game to do it the right way when they aren't around, only to be undermined when they tell you what to do to your face and insist they are correct. I do not want to work in a different setting at this time, otherwise I would have been gone a long time ago. The worst part of it for me is that the clinical supervisors at the agency refuse to do the minimum and will not back their nurses up. So what is the use? I document and document because I know what will happen when lawsuit time comes. You are smart not to take on night shift with school coming up. If it were one of those "watch the baby sleep" cases, sure. But doing a ton of things at night, including what doesn't get done on day shift, does not make sense.
- 0Aug 20, '10 by tothepointeLVNAlso one thing about the case that makes me uneasy is the mother actually doesn't speak any english. I understand enough spanish to cope but can't effectively communicate back. Getting instructions through a 10 yo translator doesn't sit well with me. Of course I wish I had realized this at 3pm when they called to ask me if I was going to take the case on. My husband didn't get home until 10:30 which complicated matters since I use him as a sounding board. Also when I first met the mother I thought it was going to be one of those cases where they would leave you alone to do your job.
I'm going to go down to the career center at my school and see if they can help me. Maybe I should try and get a student extern position.
Right now the way I figured is that I'm in exactly the same position I was before they asked me to do this case. Expect I've already put my resume out there and have gotten a few responses. I can afford to be out of work for a little so I need to choose the best situation for me not just take some work because its offered and lets face it the pay with my current agency isn't all that much anyways
- 0Aug 20, '10 by Blackcat99TothepointeLVN. I am so sorry to hear about your awful experiences with your new case. That sounds crazy you having to do all of the day shift work including a bed bath on night shift!!!! I really liked your statement "I'm tired of being asked to perform my nursing task incorrectly to please them when they are looking and then doing it the right way when they're not." That is so very true!!!! I sure wish we were allowed to use our own nursing judgement instead of always having to do everything "Mom's way." Mom said it's OK for the child to lie flat in bed when receiving the tube feeding!!!! No, it's not OK. I wish you the best of luck in finding a job that will work out well with your school schedule.