What makes nursing stressful for you? - page 3

The "least stressful unit" got me to thinking, which is, as most people who know me would say, a very dangerous thing. Anyhoo, for me, it's paperwork. While I'm a work, I keep thinking, "I need... Read More

  1. by   ArrowRN
    other nurses...lol ok I'm not a nurse, but that's what i been told.
  2. by   Penelope_Pitstop
    Quote from onthejourney
    -having to search for things to do my job (the med isn't here- gotta call pharmacy, have to search the unit for the vital signs machine)
    -different disciplines adding work for nursing (nursing now has to pass out boost drinks with medpass, oh now you have to weigh all the pts getting the boost weekly to see if its working etc etc)
    -demanding family members who want all things NOW
    -being expected to deal with non-nursing tasks (my tv isn`t working, I don`t like the food)
    the list goes on and on
    My thoughts exactly!

    Also, lack of managerial support is a big one. I feel as if my management team works against us rather than with us.
  3. by   samadams8
    Quote from man-nurse2b
    other nurses...lol ok I'm not a nurse, but that's what i been told.
    Well, thing is, there can be a lot of truth in that. Seems to me there is a number of people with issues and insecurity that go into the field--and it has helped to lead to a lot of disunity IMHO. But I think, regardless of the women's movement, women often feel insecure and somehow "less than." They spend so much time comparing themselves to others and trying to get attention. It's like women have been objectified for so long, they can't help but fall prey to the stupid thinking--it starts early you know. Just ask Honey Boo-Boo. LOL. Wow. What a nightmare.

    I see the backstabbing and catty, insecure crap, and I want to do the whole Cher seen from Moonstruck. You know, *slap* "Snap out of it." Oh, if were that easy; but people are complicated, and well, since nurses are people . . .

    Nurses need to really learn what it means to love themselves in the right way, so that they are then open to love others in the right way. I think as a whole, when women are able to do this, that's when they shine, b/c there is that core nurturing thing in many women. It just gets squelched by society, others, including men, and pop culture.

    Rise above it ladies. We need each other already.
  4. by   DoeRN
    Entitlement actually. When I was interrupted by a patient's mother while I was doing chest compressions on another patient asking for a copy of her son's lab results. The whole room turned around to look at her. Thank goodness the ICU doc kicked her out of the room.

    So of course she calls the Nurse Sup and I have to actually explain why I didn't cater to her needs. Of course the mother neglected to tell the Nurse Sup she interrupted a code. And the real reason that mean doctor yelled at her.

    Or a patient's daughter asking me to call the doctor for her father's roommate to get the roommate discharged because his tv is too loud and he snores. The floor was bursting at the seams so her dad couldn't have a private room. I gave the roommate headphones for his tv. And she even followed up with me to see if I could do her this favor to get the other patient discharged. The other patient was sicker than her father.

    So do I save someone's life or please family? It makes for a stressful day. Do I give Nitro to a patient having chest pain or do I take on a waitress role and go get sodas for a patient's niece and nephew? And yes this is an actual example that happened to me.

    I'm so glad I'm going back to school.
  5. by   echoRNC711
    Dealing with managements latest idea of "quality" care....their latest" script " what to say, "shhhh" or smile campaign .

    Please ,please management could you stop wasting my time at these mandatory in services because I actually want to spend this time with my pt if you could just stop nattering on.
  6. by   Penelope_Pitstop
    Quote from doeRAYmee
    Entitlement actually.
    I had a patient threatening to leave AMA, and it took a while for the resident to get to him to give her little spiel about "you know if you leave, your condition you could worsen and you could die, blah blah."

    Anyway, the patient asked, "what could be more important than this? I am a patient who wants to leave! I don't know what could be more important to the doctor than me!"

  7. by   madwife2002
    My Manager hands down
  8. by   monkeybug
    MotherRN, thank you for your kind thoughtful words. Funny all the talk about the inlaws, it sounds a whole lot like my 15 year marriage! Sometimes I wonder if these "nice" people remember some of the things they said to me. But, I really took to heart the verse in the Bible about kindness heaping coals of fire on your enemies head, and so far I've found it to be true.

    What your son went through sounds horrible, and I'm glad you got him out of it.
  9. by   monkeybug
    Quote from madwife2002
    My Manager hands down
    My manager is the reason I gave up 15 years of experience at the bedside. I have a wonderful new job, and I never would have thought about leaving if not for the witch, but I still miss hands-on nursing. I made a point to tell Human Resources that they lost an experienced nurse purely due to poor nurse management.
  10. by   cantdoit
    Constantly having more and more work, with less staffing and resourcesKilling yourself all day everyday to help people who don't show any appreciation and act like you're nothing more than a waitress.Being the "dumping ground" for other departments, and having to constantly beg people to do their jobs so you can do yours (ex: calling pharmacy 20 times for medtar that should have been in the cart hours ago)I could go on...
    Last edit by cantdoit on Oct 29, '12
  11. by   cantdoit
    *meds that
  12. by   tokmom
    lack of staff. I can deal with anything, if there are enough people on the floor.
  13. by   NurseFrustrated
    Not enough staff to do what needs to be done (therefore you can't give the kind of quality care to patients that you would like to give), the people who decide what staff our unit needs being people who do not even work on the unit, lazy coworkers who don't pull their weight (would rather sit at the desk and text on their cell phones rather than answer a call bell), management who won't do anything about the problems on the unit despite being well aware of them, worry that you can't complete your work on time (due to not enough staff) and will get in trouble for clocking out late, work always calling you on your day off to come in, worry that a patient will go bad at any minute when you are tied up in another room, rude doctors, not having what you need to do your job (missing meds, no dressing supplies), trying to do an admission with six other patients needing care at the same time, always juggling 15 things at once, not getting a lunch break or getting interrupted if you do get one, non-nurse co-workers who think that all nurses do is "give pills and sit at the computer", no support from management, no praise for a job well done, feeling unappreciated, being pulled to other units that you are not familiar with, rude and demanding family members....just to name a few.
    Last edit by NurseFrustrated on Oct 29, '12