Nurse Sings the blues - page 4

After yesterdays extra month of suspension for some silly hair debackle I thought I was making my trail by fire and all. Today i worked 10 hours and my "home" big unit with the same manager and... Read More

  1. by   adrienurse
    I've heard the descriptions of the place where you work. The people that you discribe and the way they are treating you (consistently!) sound like the symptoms of a workforce that have gone through a lot of change and hardship and jerking around from the people who run it. Not too rare in this time and day. I have been there and have learned that there is nothing I can do to change this or stop it from manifesting itself against me. This is an unhealthy workforce that takes out their assorted greavances on the "new meat" who might come in with a different approach or fresh ideas.

    You can continue being the kind of CNA you are Mario, but unfortunately, in your workplace this may continue to be held against you. There is a lot of pressure to conform to the way that others behave, but I'd advise against it. This is way too early in the game for you to become a bitter, jaded nurse.

    I'm sorry that this sounds so negative, but I'm just relating to what you talk about so much.
  2. by   zumalong
    Mario--I so agree with the above posts. You should NOT have to feel that you need to be treated in such a manner in order to become a better nurse. This is why there are 'bitter' nurses. I have seen so much growth with you here on this bb, that I want your experiences to be positive. Try somewhere else. You may find the area of nursing where you are destined to be --let the atoms lead you--have you ever thought of being a home health aide for now??? You would be able to spend more time with the patients and learn about nursing at the same time. Just a thought.

    Don't let em pound ya down!!!
  3. by   mattsmom81
    I've compared my hospital work atmosphere to a war zone mentality some days....seems like other departments are the 'enemy' and' out to get us' some days...constantly pushing us waaaay past our safety margin (like ER pushing us to take admits we don't have a nurse for) We' fight' administration, ER, docs, sometimes visitors too who get on our last nerve.

    And yes, we have seen the enemy and sometimes he is US...nurses sometimes turn on each other...browbeating the susceptible staff member like schoolyard bullies.

    Kinda like boot camp? Interesting seems difficult to take at first, but eventually we toughen up, learn how to stand up for ourselves and the experience makes us stronger.

    Sometimes though...the warzone is way too toxic for life and remaining is just too risky...too much radioactive fallout for a human to endure.

    Good luck Mario and let us know how this all turns out!
  4. by   CATHYW
    that you are already having experiences like this. Do you remember a few months back, when you couldn't understand how SOME supposedly intelligent, educated, caring people could so easily stab each other in the back?

    I honestly don't know what makes people act that way, except to remove themselves as far as possible from the responsibility of whatever happened. It seems as though no one wants to take responsibility for anything that goes wrong, anywhere, these days! It always seems as though someone else is to blame, or that they, in some way, caused the untoward event to happen.

    Now, a couple words of advice:
    You are learning triage, believe it or not! Because you are a kind and caring person, you did not want to see the patient who needed to void be uncomfortable, so you did the decent thing, by assisting him. Some folks might have probelms with that, alone. You were not hired to take care of that man-what if something had gone wrong? I am not AT ALL saying you shouldn't have helped him-I AM saying to think of how other people can perceive things, if they want to.
    Next, when your patient pulled out his central line, I gnashed my teeth for you! That had to scare the dickens out of you! Those lines can sometimes be difficult to insert, and, as others have said, you've got to hold pressure for quite a while at the site, all the while hoping that the tip of the catheter was intact.
    The lesson here is this: as soon as you heard your patient begin moving, you should've turned to look at him, keeping one leg against the leg of the gentleman you are assisting, so he doesn't slip out of bed. When your patient yanked out his line, triage mandates that bleeding comes before urinating! You would've immediately had to leave the first gentleman, sprint to other with a glove, washcloth, wad of 4x4's (whatever) and apply pressure to the insertion site, while reaching with the other hand to press the call bell for assistance! :uhoh21:

    Now you know, firsthand, that nurses (and CNA's) can be slimy folks, sometimes, and that we are required to be acrobats, and mindreaders!

    Again, I am really sorry that this experience happened to you. Do not let it deter you from becoming a nurse. As my LPN instructor told me, "you can learn from both the good nurses and the bad ones. The bad ones teach you what NOT to do when you are a nurse." Whenever you receive a patient assignment, ask what the worst case scenario would be with anyone who has any type of "attachments, or insertions." then ask how they want you to handle it, if something goes wrong.

    Wishing you better times ahead... :kiss
  5. by   micro
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER

    OK, I had a bad day. Am I the only dumb a** that clicked this link?

    no, add me to the list.....
    but micro is bandwithing out.................

    in the hotel california'
  6. by   adrienurse
    Cathy Wilson RN, you are very wise!

    Mario, I agree that this is all meant to teach you to assess your priorities before doing anything in nursing. This is not something that people are born knowing how to do. Now you have learned a very good lesson.
  7. by   CATHYW
    Blush, thank you very much, adrienurse. I think it is one of those dreaded signs of aging!
  8. by   FiFi
    Mario "buck up"
    Originally posted by FiFi
    Mario "buck up"
    How warm and compassionate...

  10. by   Furball
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER

    How warm and compassionate...

    You read my mind!!!
    Originally posted by Furball
    You read my mind!!!
    :chuckle :chuckle Perhaps FiFi needs to stick to cookie forums!

  12. by   shygirl
    Aw come on now guys. Give me a break. I am new here and It SEEMS to me that Mario is always complaing or whining about something. I happen to be very compassionate! You are probably saying this because you don't know me yet. Give me another chance???FiFi

    P.S. I do LOVE cookies by the way
  13. by   Furball
    Hey Gilda, you're my twin!!

    You look better in the paper bag than I do I tell ya.

    You're forgiven.

    I hate to speak for someone else but Mario seems to always give his best and it bothers him greatly when things don't work out. I wouldn't classify it as "whining", just fishing for advice/support is all.


    Wait a minute...someone named "FIFI" told Mario to "buck up" Why are YOU apologizing???
    Last edit by Furball on Jun 30, '02