Is it just me? - page 2
Ok, so I am a new nurse (I know, you've heard that before) of 7 months on and oncology/med-surg floor. I love my patients, and well some of my co-workers. But I am starting to wonder if maybe I just... Read More
Jan 23, '07Oh gosh I hear that so much from new nurses, so you are not alone. Give it time, and then if you don't like it try another area of nursing, like someone else said there are SO many nursing opportunities, you'll find one that suits you well. Good Luck!
Jan 23, '07I started to work in an Acute Med-Surg, the nurse-patient ratio are high, patient acuities are high, so many doctors to deal with not to mention there are 7 multi-disciplinary teams that cover the patients, plus student doctors, too many people come to visit the patient and most of the time our patients were super demanding treating the nurses like maids, etc, etc. Having 6 heavy patients are absolutely not easy. Most of those time, I went home hungry and frustrated because I didn't had time for a break and my back was aching. I also remember those days that my tears were rolling down my cheeks as I drive home because I felt so guilty and frustrated knowing that I didn't give the best nursing care because I do not anymore have time and that I could had done better. Since childhood,there was nothing else that I wanted to be than to become a nurse. Nursing for me is a calling and a vocation.... After years in Med-Surg, I moved out. I love to work extra hours in different floors like Psych, Med-Surg Onco, Rehab so that I keep my med-surg skills but there is no better place to work than the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. It is so different that it seems like the floor has its own language. We give stem cell transplant/ bone marrow transplant/ cord blood transplant.Patients ratio are very good, 1:2 the most is 1:3 but that is rare. Most patients are very pleasant and full of hope and I got the chance to be part of somebody else's life as he/she struggles and overcomes his/her illness. These patients stay on the floor for 3 weeks at least sometimes months. And after discharge, they still need to go to the clinic for follow-up and when they get sick and needed admission, they will come back to the floor (since they can't go to the ER due to neutropenia unless there is no other choice). Infection control is a serious business here for example: handwashing is strictly implemented. Here, I have time to give my best and I have time for my self, too. The Bone Marrow Transplant Unit is unique and incomparable. I believe that this is the floor where the "IDEAL nursing care" that is sometimes compromised is just a common ordinary and routine practice of a BMT nurse.
Jan 24, '07Wow!!! Thanks everyone!
I really needed to hear these things, especially today. I left school, went to work begrudgingly, and half talked to my manager about my feelings on some of the serious situations that have happened to me while on the floor. I wanted to scream at her "I don't want to do this anymore!! I am so unhappy, and I can't even give you a good reason why except THESE PEOPLE ARE CRAZY!!!" :trout: But I didn't
I made up my mind to give it a year before I make any kind of decision. But I have considered changing shifts to the night shift. I don't know. I'll think on that one.
Oh, by the way...Cameron 67...cute puppy!!!!
Any-hoo, thanks everbody!! I really appreciate your words of encouragement and support!!! It really means alot to me that others can share their experiences so that I can make it another day as a nurse!! :spin:
I'll keep you all posted!