Originally posted by zudy
I think med/surg nursing is extremely tough. I haven't done it in years. Here's a big thank-you from an ED nurse to all of you nurses working your buns off in med/surg, we couldn't do it without you!
Originally posted by Agnus
:angel2: :kiss ((((med surg nurses)))))
:kiss to zudy-- I could NEVER do what ED nurses do-- Hats off to you! And :kiss to Agnus-- Thank you!
And PhePhe, I'm sorry you got driven out of Med/Surg; I totally understand and empathize. I don't want to work anywhere else but Med/Surg, but there are nights I consider quitting nursing all together and being a checker at our local supermarket.
Rapheal said, "I feel bad every day because I failed to meet the needs and expectations of my patients. I decided I am NOT working more than 45 minutes over my shift anymore. I get tired of being expected to care for my primary assignment and then get 4 or more admissions during the last 2 hours of my shift. If I keep working the 1-2 hours over it just gives them more reason NOT to address the nurse to patient ratio properly."
I've pretty much adopted the same philosophy; I used to never pass stuff on to night shift since they were extremely poorly staffed. Now they have the same nurse to patient ratios as my 3 to 11 shift (6 to 7 patients/nurse) and I'm passing stuff on to them with no guilt feelings. I've also tried to slow my pace down-- for safety's sake (more chance of errors) and I just keep telling myself to "do the next thing". If I find I'm breathing heavily and getting upset, I just remind myself that I am ONE person and I will try to keep up with the demands, but they aren't paying us enough to go crazy. It's hard sometimes when a patient observes and comments on how busy we are and asks, "Are you short-staffed?" I have to bite my tongue because I don't want them worrying about their care, but sometimes...... :stone I'd like to shout from the rooftops how unfair the ratios are to both nurses and patients.