So I need some advice as to whether the problems I am having are because of the floor I work on or is it just me?
The past few days I have been extremely frustrated/overwhelmed at work. Monday was my usual busy busy day. I posted previously about how I had the HIV pt who bled out on me. I was in his room for 4-5 hours holding pressure. We switched off holding pressure so I could call the MD and get FFPs going. I stayed until 2100 that night helping the LPN who followed me get the FFPs in him.
Well I was off Tuesday and came back Wednesday. I followed the same LPN. She left a number of things undone which I'm not going to get into. But I started out behind because of these things I had to do. I know nursing is a 24 hour job. But it just frustrated me that I stayed late helping her and then she turned around and left me in a mess....
Well yesterday I had 2 discharges before 10am. 1 pt had to be d/c to her rehab facility before 10am due to insurance reasons. The other one had her D/c orders written by 9. I also had one going to dialysis at 8. So I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off all morning. The CNAs I had really didn't help me much and I ended up doing 2 baths by myself due to finding 2 or my completes laying in stool. My other discharge was extremely complicated. Being sent home with home health, PT, mission meds. ect ect... I got 2 admission right back in....
I'm sorry but when you have 3 discharges and 2 admissions it just seems impossible to take care of your other patients adequately. At the end of the shift I was angry and in tears. I can't handle the stress. I want to take care of my patients. I want to give them the care they deserve. But I can't. I'm too busy to give them the care they deserve. It stresses me out. I'm too the point where I want to quit and find something else to do. All my coworkers say I'm an awesome nurse and I need to stick with it. They say I'm stressed because I'm actually a nurse who cares about my patients. I know I'm rambling.. But my ultimate question is... Am I the one who needs to learn to cope with the stress? Is it just me? I don't know what to do... This job is making me depressed.
I get sick of running my butt off.. getting only a 20 min lunch break all day... just for my patients and families to still be upset with their care... I've almost been a nurse for a year... How do y'all more experienced nurses handle the stress of this job???
Nov 29, '07
Trust me when I say that I feel your pain.
Today was literally a nightmare-of-a-shift....from the moment the clock struck 7am until I finally left at 4pm. I never got a lunch break, or even 5 minutes to escape the he**. And when I nicely & calmly expressed my concern to the charge nurse about what a ridiculous and very medically complex & heavy of an assignment this was for one person, let alone two(we do team nursing on my unit), she responded by getting all defensive and basically ripped my head off, chewed on it, and then spit it back out.
Now, I'm normally a quiet person who goes with the flow of things, minds my own business, and doesn't complain about my work or assignments. But today really tested my patience and I had to do everything just to keep from snapping at the charge nurse. The best part was when she called me a little while later, asking if I'd work a double shift today, in addition to my scheduled day-shift tomorrow.
Last edit by swee2000 on Nov 29, '07