My first few days, as a new RN - page 9

Here I am, it has been 6 days, since I have been off of orienation, I am disgusted. I took boards yesterday, keeping fingers crossed, but actually I'm a little worried about having the RN title,... Read More

  1. by   Hoozdo
    Quote from piper_for_hire
    Get thee to an ICU! I've never had more than 2 patients. Sure there are swans and pressors and vents and all that, but it's totally manageable. I could never do your job and keep my sanity.

    This is one of the reasons I started as a new grad, almost a year ago, in the ICU. I always planned on working in ICU....but these staffing issues made up my mind for me!
  2. by   subee
    Quote from slu_rn
    I would love to leave the hospital. I just don't know where else to go. Working in a MD office just doesn't really sound any better.
    I don't understand why nurses can't organize within the institution. Compile the staff's e-dresses and plan an action. It make take months for come to anykind of consensus but at least the ball is rolling. No one will respect you if you don't respect yourself , and certainly, no one is going to give you any power. What if you leave and pay off your loan $10 per month (hey, you are paying it off - is there a time limit?). And remember, there is no nursing shortage - only a shortage of good jobs. Plenty of RN's would be back on the floors if patient ratios were in effect. The turnover rate in Calif. is the lowest in the country.
  3. by   SaderNurse05
    OP, I feel your pain. I worked 6 months to the day in a hospital before going to public health. We had horrible ratios, my 12 hour shifts were 14-15 and I ended up on meds for anxiety, blood pressure and GERD before I left. One of my fellow employees did refuse a particularly horrendous assignment and claimed Safe Harbor- a right that Texas RNs are given under the NPA. All the other nurses said watch out, she'll be gone and sure enough in 4 weeks she was written up 3 times and given the opportunity to leave. FYI, this nurse had a year of experience on me and was AWESOME. I could not learn in this environment and prayed every day that I did not/had not killed someone. When I went to my manager he showed me the plans for the new hopsital which was designed to INCREASE patient loads for nurses. . That is when I knew I had to find another job becasue it wasn't a matter of IF something bad was going to happen, but when and how many times. I can't help but think if we as nurses could somehow educate the public on what is going on and how bad it really is that someone would make management come to the table and start making responsible decisions about staffing. Okay, off my soapbox.
  4. by   Sheri257
    Quote from yupyup5
    This is a very scarry, but real scenario for nurses. I am sad and distressed that many are experiencing the same thing. As nurses we need to do something and it has to be more than just complaining. I would be very careful to 'assume' that CA has figured it out. As the saying goes, "be careful what you wish for". In my units, if the we had the same staffing ratio as CA, the nurses would have more patients than they do now, without a nursing assistant on their team!
    I wish people would quit spreading myths that ratios mean you have to do without aides. I personally have not seen it in California. If there are some hospitals that have cut aides believe me, you can find plenty of places to work that still provide aides.

    And I'm not talking about one aide for 20-25 patients. I'm talking about one aide for 10 patients, tops. Some hospitals even have one aide for every 6-8 patients.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Nov 22, '06
  5. by   Sheri257
    Quote from CherryAmes7
    Exactly. Hospital staffing and nurse/patient ratios are, in my opinion, set by the hospital administration with dollars in mind.

    The nursing shortage is NOT driving nurse/patient ratios. The bottom line is. Even if there were "enough" nurses ratios would still suck.

    I'm a licensed R.N. not practicing today strictly because of horrible nurse/patient ratios.
    I agree. You need a ratio law. It has to be mandated.

    Interestingly enough ... the ratio law has brought a lot of nurses to California. The number of licensed RN's in California has jumped by 37,000 in just 17 months.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Nov 22, '06