Ouch, I'm tired!!!!!!! - page 4

What makes you tired!!!!!!!!! I have signed up and worked a couple extra 12 hour shifts!!!!! Duh!!!!!!! And I am tired!!!!! Duh!!!!!!! Maybe, I don't eat right!!!!!!!!! Maybe... Read More

  1. by   Furball
    [You patronizing, condescending "experienced" nurses really get on my nerves with your ridiculous ideals when it is your self-serving lack of representation to this field that has let the mess it's in fester into its present-day predicament.


    If you look at that posters profile you'll see she's a student.
    Glad you wrote because my bad day just looked a helluva lot easier! Hope you're getting some well deserved rest and some fun!

    Tapper, if you arent a nurse already, you'll find out that some days you'll feel like you were sucked up in a tornado when you walk on the floor and then spit out 12-16 hours later. (THEN let us know how you feel) If you are a nurse, well...where are you working? Can I come and play?

    Ciao (sic?)
    Last edit by Furball on Feb 2, '02
  2. by   tapper
    You shouldn't assume . . . yes HE is a student. I work for an oncology clinic, not as a nurse, yet. I see the roles our nurses play in the lives of our patients and have the utmost respect and admiration for them, enough that I plan on following in their footsteps after I graduate. I never hear one of them complain and whine, they understand just how bad life could really be, and so do I. As my mother has told me on more than one occasion . . . "You haven't had a bad day until you walk through the doors of the clinic as a patient."
    I am not trying to speak to any of you in a condescending manner I have a certain degree of respect for all of you who have made it through nursing school, just consider it a little constructive critism, a slap in the face to wake you up and realize that maybe you need to get a new perspective about what is trully important in life.
    Last edit by tapper on Feb 2, '02
  3. by   Furball
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by tapper
    You shouldn't assume . . . yes HE is a student. [/QUOTO Oops, I'm sorry Tapper!

    Get used to it....you'll be mistaken for a doctor when you start your first job!
    Last edit by Furball on Feb 2, '02
  4. by   mjamesRN
    Thank you.

    I feel much better, and Yes, I should have considered that that last post may have been from a student. That ideal was me not long ago and I'm just now myself experiencing the tornado. The stress makes me fear for my own health.

    What really irks me is that whenever I express discontent, I get patronized, usually by some clipboard nurse as I'm supposed to accept the horrible norm of it all. I've never seen so many Stepford Nurses in my life!

    So how much does one let "roll off their back"? When I do that I feel inadequate, feel like I've let my patients down, feel insufficient, incomplete. Everyone deserves good care. God knows they're paying for it.

    What a strange, strange profession. My opinion of it changes daily. Yet, it's true: there is/ has been poor representation. Does anyone have any knowledge of how and when it's going to change for the better? I know there are issues in legislation lately about overtime etc, but the entire structure of the field is so distorted I don't see how any of the real problems can be solved when that corporate money wheel keeps squelching the True Definitioni of nursing.

  5. by   PhantomRN
    when i start to feel burnt out or tired of the grind i change jobs. i justrecently made a floor switch within the same hospital, so fr right now all is well. the staff ratios are 2:1, and all the chronics have not gotten to me,yet.

    i fully expect them to so i am thinking about my next move already and it is possible that it will be out of bedside nursing..........turning 400 pound people and taking care of a patient who is dead on the vent is going to get old fast.

    i am not a pessimist, i just happen to live in the real world.
  6. by   emergency
    Hey Tapper - just to let you know, lots of "us" felt the same way in school, but now we are in the real world. We LOVE nursing, just don't particularly LOVE what's happening to nursing today. Come to my ED, where we have 44 beds in the ED, 550 beds in the hospital, and are routinely "holding" 25-30 pts in the ED (or somewhere in holding land). One day last week we were holding 72 pts for admit. When the docs send them over from the office for a "direct admit", guess where they go. Complete with 4 pages of bull**** orders and expecting room service like at the Hilton. Everyone is frustrated, and you get yelled at all day. I think the only ones who DON'T yell are my fellow nurses and the ED docs. Management is really trying (how hard I'm not sure) to work something out for the holds, but there simply isn't room. So when you get to the point where you are holding 2 pts, and your 2 other pts are actively infarcting and being prepped for the cath lab, hopefully you will still maintain your cheerful attitude. All I can tell you is I try very hard, very hard .... as you will also.
  7. by   victoreia
    Letting my stressors get me down makes me tired. Some people spend so much time whining and complaining about their jobs, kids, husbands,that makes me tired. Walking through the door after a 12 hour shift and instantly becoming a mother and cooking and cleaning makes me tired. Having sex with my husband makes me tired.

    How about what perks you up??

    What perks me up is when i go home and think about the life I helped save that day or the sick little child I made smile or the parent I educated about a medication and actually got a genuine thank you for. Seeing my kids good grades or some other accomplishment they made perks me up. Reading a good book perks me up. Taking a calgon bath after everone is asleep makes my tired wearry body and mind feel good.

    I knew when I got into nursing the hours stunk, working holidays stunk, putting up with over bearing god-like doctors stunk..... hm I did it anyway. Why? For the reasons mentioned above, the smile on the childs face, the life I helped save... Think of the good you do not the bad..... Vicki RN
    How about what perks you up?!
  8. by   victoreia
    Originally posted by tapper
    I've never read as many sad tales before reading this thread. If life as a nurse is sooooo bad . . . quit. You can't be doing anything but putting everybody around you in a bad mood with all the negative attitudes you have. Get a job doing something you enjoy! You'll improve your state of mind; as well as those around you that are tired of your whining. Just think you could be the patient . . . and not the person who is supposed to be providing for that patient.
    AMEN. And I would like to add... the grass is not always greener on the other side and one should not talk about a surgeon complaining about working hard and not getting recognition when that's all that seems to be going on here... Maybe the surgeon is under a lot of stress, after all he holds a life in his hands, how do we know..... thou shall not judge lest he be judged back. Vicki RN
  9. by   rachet65
    Victoreia-I'll chime i here about what makes me tired and what perks me up-
    Ignorance makes me tired
    the 16 year old patient I took care of 6 months ago visiting me at work today with homemade cookies, a big hug anda thank you really, really, really perks me up! Ain't no better feeling than being appreciated for not only what you do , but for who you are!
  10. by   frann
    i'm not tired anymore

    i got a new job !!!!!!:roll
  11. by   mario_ragucci
    Apathy can drain my forcefield. It takes extra power to be around apathetic people and keep my power level at or above par. At school, there are an alarming number of folks I see who are, like, living with a metal bell over their heads. Also, when people blatently avoid eye contact with me, it can effect my power and make me tired. If someone walks by me, or sits near me and avoids my eye contact, or pretents i don't exist, it makes me tired. If I hold up my hands to my face, and block the sight of their face with my hands over my eyes I conserve power then. In other words, if I let them KNOW I am blocking their sight from mine, I don't get tired.
    When people talk about how they feel, I am uplifted. If anyone gives an opinion or exhibits a unique idea, i am feeling empowered just to listen. If anyone uses body language to express themselves, my eyes sparkle.
    Patients are another story. They always get my best, even if they are trying to drain me. They need power, and I have it to give.
    Zombie students and apathetic instructors are the worst :-)
  12. by   micro
    Originally posted by tapper
    I've never read as many sad tales before reading this thread. If life as a nurse is sooooo bad . . . quit. You can't be doing anything but putting everybody around you in a bad mood with all the negative attitudes you have. Get a job doing something you enjoy! You'll improve your state of mind; as well as those around you that are tired of your whining. Just think you could be the patient . . . and not the person who is supposed to be providing for that patient.
    hey, tapper,

    keep on tappin' and studyin' and keepin the patient the focus of your care and why you choose this career than another......

    I have a different take on the replies to this thread and also as I was the originator of this thread...........here is my take.....

    I would make a large bet$$$$$ that the "sad" stories you hear here are just a bunch of very, very,very good nurses and other health care workers that love their jobs and give their all, but need a place to vent and say what is on their mind!!!!! also see some of the humour in replies!!!!!!!! there is negatives in any jobs and people will have bad days anywhere, what is iimportant is that you keep the positive and help others to maintain and increase their positive energy, primarily our patients, then ourselves and each other............

    apathetic and negative people drain my energy.........

    :roll :roll :stone :stone everybody keep on smilin' and working seriously, but yourselves very, very, very lightly!!!!!!!

    micro' take on the world!!!!!!!!!
  13. by   dstout-rn
    You are soooo right!!! I usually work my twelves in a row of 4, off one work two more then I'm off for 6 days!!!! Tired as heck the first day off but the rest are great . This doesn't work if you have kids though because you are totally nonexistent for a week.

    There is nothing wrong with these great nurses coming here to vent and gripe about how tired our work makes us and if a nurse is truly trying to give his/her patient's all the attention they deserve and need 9 times out of 10 they will be exausted at the end of their shift regardless of time of day! Somedays downright stink and nothing goes right and usually the most tiring nights are those that it is little stupid things (an IV is out at change of shift, then the pump says air no matter what, then meds aren't up yet, then TPN/lipids are late from RX, then _______) ugghhh that makes the night hard.

    I'm going back to school for nursing informatics get out of bedside nursing, may be per diem but not full time. :roll