Another night from Hades! Argh! I have HAD it with acute care hospital nursing. Tonight I had a full patient assignment/also Lead RN. No breaks for anyone. No unit secretary after the 1st 2 hours. Phone ringing off the hook for hours. I'm supposed to "help" my peers, being the lead & all, as well as put in orders/note orders & be aware of all goings on. But I have a full assignment too! It's an impossible standard. Families were throwing fits & needing 1:1 nursing care. I'm so sick of it!
I feel like I am NOT making a difference. I feel like a cog in a wheel, nothing more. If it weren't for the money, I'd quit nursing in a heartbeat.
Don't get me wrong, I still like my patients. I am just sick of working like a dog every darned day! I'm sick of working my a$$ off every damn night & feeling guilty b/c I can't live up to some damn unrealistic standard.
It's always "something" in the hospital. I can count on one hand, the number of "good" shifts I've had.
If I could get into a less stressful area, what would it be?
I am combing the want ads weekly. I can take a pay cut, but I still have a family to support & bills to pay. I'm going to be attending full time school next semester, so I need a job that pays 60% of my current wage. I am open to suggestions.
I am wondering about private duty nursing? Anyone tried that? I would love to be able to give REAL care, instead of the fly by the seat of your pants type in the hospital.
My hubby is unemployed, so I HAVE to work to pay our bills.
I can't afford to work for a measly $10/hr in Northern California. I have a BS in Nursing, and would be seeking part time employment.
Any ideas? Any suggestions? I am beginning to HATE hospitals and how they always screw the nurses. I can hardly wait to get out of this thankless environment.
Dec 28, '02
Kona--a VERY familiar story to readers of this BB.
Hopefully you will find a suitable alternative BEFORE you become totally burned out and have to leave nursing altogether like many of us did.
But you will only find it if you start looking NOW, while you still have some energy. Good luck in following up some of the above suggestions and thinking of a few of your own. It might be useful to simply scroll down the list of nursing specialty forums on this BB and dropping in on those that look like possibilities for more information.
Last edit by sjoe on Dec 28, '02