Some of you may recall that I had posted about my anxiety as a nursing student and as a new member of the OR team. Well I have been feeling much better thanks to everyone's support and help. One person in particular came forward and took time out to help me. I came to realize it could be more of a confidence and anxiety issue rather than anything else, which stemmed from a very early incidence with a nursing teacher.
Anyhow, I know for myself exactly how I feel about my job in OR nursing. I truely do love the job itself. There's so much to learn, and the surgeons can be difficult, and residents sometimes have so much attitude. Overall however, I enjoy the job, always learning something new, never bored, etc etc. I went into nursing because I wanted to help people. If I wanted more money I could have gone for something like accounting (which now I sometimes wonder why I didn't loll !!). But I truely wanted to make a difference. I realized soon after that direct patient care was not for me however, and soon decided that I wanted to be in the OR. I got through nursing school, hoping that after a year of experince in med/surg I'd be able to switch to the OR. Well I wasn't able to find a job after I graduated in med/surg in my area so I took a course in the OR and was working within six months of taking the course. It was a long hard road and I still have so many issues with going back to work (I've been off for a medical reason, will be back soon hopefully, like in a few weeks.).
What I have learned in the past 6 years since I started nursing school is this. The job itself is very rewarding, and there is a place for most people. For instance I wasn't into direct patient care and I wanted something challenging so I went into the OR. Its completely different from floor nursing. I still had the same issues popping up though, with preceptors and other coworkers, gossipping, giving me a really hard time. I almost quit, I dreamt up ways to get out of nursing all togethyer or get a desk job constantly. I was OBSESSED with getting out !! I have now taken a new look at it. What is really bothering me ? I would take a pay cut, I would continue to work in the OR, if only I WAS TREATED BETTER !!
What it boils down to is how am I being treated. I don't expect star treatment, but as a human being I would like to be treated with dignity and some sort of respect for completing nursing school and an OR course which in itself is such a challenge. If the working conditions were improved I would definately be happier in my job and perhaps even stick around for longer. At this point I am planning on getting my degree as soon as possible and still looking at options. I don't deserve to be treated like crap, nor do I want it. I want to be treated as the professional that I am. Just because I don't wear a business suit and work behind a desk doesn't mean I don't deserve respect. I spent many years in school and training. I think the nurses and nursing management need to be more supportive of their nurses.
What I'm proposing here is how can we do that ? Is there a field of nursing I can get into where I can help to improve the working condition of nurses ? So far I can only think of teaching. There need to be clear guidelines around harassment at work, against treating employees badly.
I look forward to hearing back from you all. I've been reading so many negative posts about nursing, I thought why not do something about it, because nursing is a helping profession, and a beautiful profession. If we can make nurses happier maybe there would be less shortage and less negativity among nurse coworkers.
Mar 3, '07
Quote from miko014
I can't think of a specific field in which you would be able to improve anything...but my theory is that pts/families have no idea what nurses do, and sometimes have very unreasonable expectations. Having a census with a lot of pts like that can really wear on you, to the point where you hate everything that has anything to do with your job. Because of that, you don't treat your coworkers very well, and a bad mood is contagious. It just sort of gets to the point where there is a black cloud hanging over the entire unit. Of course, sometimes it is the employees themselves who cause the problem. Some people like to be unhappy, some people like to stir things up. I know that when I get down or feeling like you described, I can usually trace it back to the fact that we just have a really heavy census. Higher acuity pts than we should be taking care of, demanding families, etc. I just wish that there was some way to make the public realize just what nurses do and what should be expected of them. Just my
I echo these same sentiments
Things that I find hurtful I do not practice, my philosophy is, would I like coming to work and seeing myself as my coworker?
The no no list:
1. Being mean to others; even if they don't hear your wispering in your coworker's ear, they surely can feel the vibe.
2. Working with a chip on your shoulder. Everyone has their bad days, sometimes acting happy or cheerful, even if it is all phony as all get out can change one's mood.
3. Treating those not from your department rudely or with malicious intent; just don't practice this, it will bite your butt in the end.
4. Showing up for work and then feeling sick midway, putting more of a burden on your coworkers. Why not just call in sick in the first place?!
Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Mar 3, '07
Mar 4, '07
Quote from Atl_John
Gossipy co-workers are one thing, working with a chip on ones shoulder, but I actually had a problem with a nurse who was extreamly rude to me one day. I went to management about it, I was told and I quote "John, they are a bunch of women, its what they do, this is not a battle you can win" This coming from a women. I was shocked, alot of it I think has to do with what managment is willing to put up with not only from other nurses but also from other staff (doctors, house keepers, etc). The people I would go after in trying toeducate are the Adminstrators of the hospital. The patients figure out prettty quickly it seems what the nurses do, but it would be nice to have a little more education for them sort of a this is what the nurse will do for you pamphlet. This is what their job is, and it should be written by a nurse, not by a doctor or the hospital.
Wow, talk about insulting, that's just how female nurses are, deal with it! What a put down to those nurses either female or male who hold their tongue and don't lash out, what? Are they considered the exception, I should hope not!
I like the pamphle idea, I second the motion! Kind of nips Press Ganey, "Is there anything else I can help you with before I go?" in the bud. And please look at the laundry list of tasks I must do before asking me to do more! Kind of a revese Press agony!
Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Mar 4, '07