Wow! I am so glad I am not the only one that feels this way. When I graduated in April, I knew I was not going to take a position at a LTC facility because of the pt/nurse ratio is overwhelming. I took a position at a hospital and I completely agree with all that you have said. You all have said everything that I think about now and I am already working on getting out of the system.
I thought the 12 hour shifts/3 days a week would be wounderful, especially working nights. Boy, was I wrong. I travel 45 minutes to work, depending on traffic and to make sure I am there on time I leave earlier then needed, just in case. so I might see my family for 2 hours on those days. On the 4th and 5th day my body is catching up with the regular routine. plus you have to throw in the training days for certifications and meetings that must be attended. Oh and those 12 hour days don't include the time for me to catch up if i have had a hectic night. Holidays? What holidays?
I am at my 5th month into nursing and I am just tired of it. I always thought I wanted to be a nurse but now that I am working in the career, I really don't like it. I wanted to feel the pride, honor, satisfaction, gratification, and happiness of saying "I helped to get this person back on their feet, I had a hand in getting them better and back to good health."
But really, all I feel that I am doing is passing meds, wiping bottoms, changing a few dressings, playing catch up, and a whole lot of documentation. Maybe I should have gone into counseling or something, I just don't feel like I am really doing anything to help my patients, maybe because, once they leave the floor, I don't see the end picture, the benefit that they received from my care.
Also, since I am an LPN ( I had all intentions of going straight into the RN program) my hospital does not consider us "Nurses." Licensed Practical Nurse :caduceus: .......hmmmmn?
When anything is referred to Nursing staff it is the RN's. I really don't know what we are considered in their eyes, but I graduated to understand that I am a Nurse. And I am not the only one that feels this way, so I know that I am not just imagining this. But I really want to get out and when I receive this phone call that says I have the job, I will be out the door. ASAP!!
Thanks, everyone for listening.