Taking it personal at work - page 2

I floated tonight to what is considered almost a "sister" floor, and it's one of my favorite floors in the entire hospital. The staff were very nice, but I had another one of THOSE nights where you... Read More

  1. by   tattooednursie
    I feel exactly the same wat you do! I give my 110% and mainly all I get is complaints and verbal abuse from paitents!!! I am sick of it, and there has been times when I have HAD to take my breaks so that I could lock myself in the bathroom to cry.
  2. by   RED_ALERT37
    I think as a nurse of 15 years, when we stop giving a 110% and not caring about how are patients are doing, and what their needs are ..... We need to move on to a new profession. If hospitals could be run by the nurses and ancillary staff it would be a safe and pleasant place to work..... OH WAIT I WAS DREAMING AGAIN.........
  3. by   nimbex
    It only takes one nurse to show the strength to say "NO"

    But why don't we???

    "Because it won't do any good" is no excuse
    "It's just one shift", turns into EVERY shift

    We are burning out to take "care" of our patients, but then how can we care for them?

    I'm learning to say no.... having been a "we can do it" person for 5 years. If there are a few other nurses who are willing to learn to say no with me..... and even pinch me when I 'm hemming and hawing....saying those two letters will become easier and I think our patient care will greatly improve along with job satisfaction.

    If I could just learn to say it more, and if it was just heard by management more.... I wouldn't be told to "suck up" two vented patients and admit a third, active GI bleed......

    may sound sappy, but just crazy enough to work. I mean no offense to the great suggestions on conflict resolution training.... the courses are GREAT..... but do we need books and courses just to learn to say no in a professional tone?

    feeling your pain....
  4. by   nimbex
    sorry hit twice
    Last edit by nimbex on Feb 25, '03
  5. by   MandyInMS
    I can relate to your problem.It's so frustrating to work your a** off and still leave work feeling as though you should have done more.Just do the best you are capable of whithin your shift.That's all any of us can do.Do that and you can leave work with a clear conscience. Mandy
  6. by   Agnus
    If you can't find a class though any of the avenues suggested this might help (maybe a last resort?)
    When I took asertiveness training I discovered that some of the students were there by court order for anger management!!!!
    Maybe if you can't find a class you might ask someone in the courts about this.

    I think it is going to take a lot more than mere assertion to fix this very prevelent and overwhelming problem.

    You might consider the text book we used in my class. The Assertive Option by Jakubowski and Lange. Excellent IMO.
  7. by   night owl
    And after years of this kind of burn-out dilemma, and many studies on why nurses burn-out, someone will come up with the bright idea (probably someone from jack-o) and say, "The answer to this problem is...more staff for better care."
    "Well beat me in the head with a rubber light bulb why dontchya???" AND it will all happen the day AFTER I retire! No wait!... Maybe the day BEFORE I retire. {sigh}