This is not what I thought it was - page 4

So I have gone through my 3 months of orientation & so far I can't say I love my job. The hours are long, I'm treated like **** by patient's, family members (that's expected) & coworkers & the pay is... Read More

  1. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from Daisy4RN
    I am so sorry that you are having such a hard time. I can feel for you! I also have suffered these symptoms with auto-immune disease. As others have stated the right shoes etc can help. Also after you get more experience you will be able to cut the running around a little, sitting down when possible, taking ALL your breaks, have a little less stress etc. If you do have auto-immune dx little changes to your diet can also help (anti-inflammatory foods etc.) Put all together, every little bit helps! Wishing you well!!
    Yes, I know once I get a rhythm down at work I will have more breaks & be able to sit more. It sucks a lot right now.

    Thank you!
  2. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from pixierose
    That's ok. For me, I tend to not friend anyone I work with on FB. It's my informal policy, separates home versus work life.

    The best revenge you can get on crappy coworkers is to hold your head high and keep working. I say try to keep working there because it took you a little while to find this job, yes? The longer you can stay, the more skills you can pick up, the more references and the better candidate you can become for future jobs.

    I have RA so I feel some of your pain. I second what someone said about yoga (even when all you want to do is lay on the sofa).

    Hang in there!
    Oh yeah, I don't plan on quitting unless my legs give out or the pain is absolutely unbearable.

    I will definitely start yoga, especially if it will help!
  3. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from djmatte
    Under 30 with all that knee pain, I'd definitely look into some strength/conditioning regimens or physical therapy. The more healthy and fit you can make yourself early on, the less wear and tear in the long run. Also posture and body mechanics could be playing a role. As others have noted, the right shoes can make or break you. I had feet problems early in my career and developed bad plantar fasciitis. While most nurses suggested a variety of show brands, I found barefoot shoes worked best for me. Haven't had problems since.
    I worked out before I started working, but obviously once I started I fell off the wagon. I know I should get back into it but I'm so exhausted on my days off the last thing I wanna do is work out.
  4. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from Oldmahubbard
    I was not even 30 when I graduated, but the foot pain and intense wear on the body, combined with crappy co-workers, drove me out of the hospital in less than 2 years.
    The job market was wide open in those days. You walked in with a copy of your license, and you were hired.

    Not so today.

    Keep plugging.
    I wish it was like that now. It also doesn't help that I'm an LVN. I need to stay at the hospital as long as I can so that I can bridge.

    I read so many stories about how bad acute care was. Now that I experienced it, I don't want to go back after I become an RN.
  5. by   CrunchRN
    Quote from OrganizedChaos
    Is this a joke? I've never worked a nursing home where the families were grateful nor was it easier. Yeah, I got paid more but it was just as much work if not more with a whole lot less orientation.
    Not at all. Having recently had to place my mom in care I am sincerely grateful for the nursing staff who care.
  6. by   CrunchRN
    I didn't mean easier, but I did mean that some families like mine are intensely grateful for the LTC nurses.
  7. by   NurseCard
    Quote from tiddles
    Try home health. It's not easy but at least you'll be on your butt most of the day (driving, sitting with patients). I do find it hard on my arm though, lugging my bag around. It's got rollers but they don't work in the snow, mud etc
    I can attest to this; I have also done home health and it does involve very little
    walking.. except of course, from your car to the front door.

    It was hard on my back though, from sitting in my car all day!
  8. by   NurseCard
    Quote from CrunchRN
    I didn't mean easier, but I did mean that some families like mine are intensely grateful for the LTC nurses.
    Well, God bless you my friend, my dad is currently in a nursing home as well,
    although thankfully just for rehab.

    LTC is, in my opinion anyway, a very difficult place to work. I can
    no longer do it. I will no longer do it. However, the Lord has a
    special place already reserved in heaven for great LTC nurses.
  9. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from CrunchRN
    I didn't mean easier, but I did mean that some families like mine are intensely grateful for the LTC nurses.
    Quote from CrunchRN
    Not at all. Having recently had to place my mom in care I am sincerely grateful for the nursing staff who care.
    I have worked several LTC facilities & the drama was just as a bad, coworkers sucked & I was just as busy if not busier. I haven't worked in one that didn't suck.
  10. by   RNrhythm
    I was happily surprised to learn that my favorite Case Manager at my acute care job is an LVN. Maybe that is an option for you?
  11. by   infinity_rn_
    sorry to hear- but seriously get another job lined up and get out!
  12. by   HeySis
    Quote from akulahawkRN
    A lot of knee pain comes from improper foot/ankle alignment. It's not just ensuring that your ankle and feet are put into neutral alignment, it's also ensuring that you have an effectively equal leg length and so much more. A good running shoe store will help you figure out what type of shoes you will need and how to best put your entire lower body into a neutral alignment as this puts the least stress on all the joints. The kind of running shoe store isn't likely to be the one you'd go to at the mall. The kind you want is a specialty store that caters to actual athletes. This is the store that the marathon runners will go to for proper shoe fitting. The generic mall store usually doesn't have employees trained to do that kind of shoe evaluation.

    Here's a hint as to how you know you've found the right place... they'll ask to see your shoes and they'll look at the wear pattern. They'll look at how you stand and walk. They may even measure leg length...
    My Store has a spot where they actually watch you walk and run... the squat down so they see the way your lifting your feet and putting them down along with knee alignment. They have you do one footed squat to see how you align.... Some stores will do it on a treadmill with a camera that video's you from the knees down.
  13. by   scratchgolfer
    I feel your pain on every level. this job sucks sometimes and were extremely underpaid for what we do. plus it doesnt help when coworkers are dick heads. i finally took time off after working for 7 months straight (3 months preceptorship, 1 month studying and writing NCLEX, 3 months of paid work) and ive been reflecting on how hard this job is. one of the biggest things that pisses me off is the lack of recognition and encouragement from coworkers and management and how they only point out flaws and mistakes. anyway, im going to keep my head down and power through until i have enough experience to work somewhere better that pays more and has better management and a less toxic work environment. rant over! all the best to you!