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I'm So Over Nursing. I would rather work at Costco!!

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The joy of making a difference in my patients' and family members lives is being overshadowed and diminished by the organization's politics and their #1 priority: keeping the physicians happy and making money. Our purpose as nurses is to provide excellent care and customer service. Our patients are our #1 priority not only just 12+ hours a day or an 80+ hour paycheck, they are always our main concern. Nursing is not patient care anymore, we are becoming the host(esses) of the medical field. You are reading page 17 of I'm So Over Nursing. I would rather work at Costco!!. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

walkingrock has 40 years experience as a ADN and specializes in NICU, IBCLC.

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I’m guessing your facility is owned by physicians? That particularly increases some of the issues you speak of. You may be more comfortable in a hospital that is not physician owned. Another suggestion, maybe you could get your mojo back by transfering to women’s health, start in mother/baby and work towards labor and delivery.

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I understand completely....I'm a new nurse, and I'm already done with this profession. This year is my first year to renew my license, and I'm dragging my feet to do it. I'm sick of horrible staffing, terrible nurse/patient ratios....just having to do more with less period. I'm so depressed because I've wanted to be a nurse since I graduated high school, and I overcame my personal demons so I could withstand nursing school. I won the battle, but now I'm losing the war.

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You sound like a very caring person. Burnout is real. Maybe take a long break before just giving up a job that you are so passionate about.

If your hospital seems to be so physician centered perhaps try another facility.

Regarding "cleaning up" after a doctor whether it be incomplete charts by the docs etc. If it is not going to harm the patient then don't worry about it. You have to look out for your license just like the doctor has to look out for their own license. Its their patient, they will get the malpractice suit and the hospital will get sued. Let the hospital get sued a few times for crap doctors and maybe they would not allow them to act as such. 

Don't personalize so much of what is going on culturally in your hospital/facility. Just do the best you can, treat your patients well and don't let a few bad experiences bully you into changing your entire life, especially just to quit to make $12/hr at Costco.

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L-ICURN has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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Long ago, I worked as an office janitor. Monday through friday, 5pm to 1am. I picked up garbage, cleaned toilets, and swept floors. The office employees could be jerks, but that job had some perks. No weekends, no holidays, and I didn't take the job home with me. There are days when I would trade in this greater responsibility and bigger paycheck and go back to cleaning offices. If only it paid the bills... 

When this happens, I try to take a break. If I have a few days off in a row, then I leave town for a couple days. Anything to reduce the stress.

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pseudonym87 has 1 years experience.

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The beautiful thing about nursing is that there is a plethora of opportunities away from the bedside. Nursing is a beautiful profession, but at some point, some of us, need to step away from the bedside. 

Dont start hating the nursing profession. Continue to love it. Take your skills and experience that you have gained over the last 6 years and enter the medical device or pharmaceutical industry as a clinical specialist, educator, account manager, etc. Believe me, the nurses are highly sought out in the medical device industry. 

I was having similar challenges as you and entered the medical device industry and couldn’t be happier. 

Be proud of your nursing career and make a change that will not only capitalize your experience but will improve your quality of life and earning potential. 

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Luchador has 5 years experience as a CNA, EMT-B.

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On 10/11/2016 at 6:39 PM, rnfrombama said:

I appreciate these words. I think either I need to take a break or just definitely try going to other institutions. I am sure nursing is more than what I've experienced while at this facility. We just simply have no rights and are found guilty even without a trial. I'm glad y'all are hearing me. You may not agree wholeheartedly, but you hear me. Another downside is, as you can see from my name, I reside in AL as a fellow nurse just pointed out. We are waaaay below the pay curve, national average, etc. If I got paid more, I could deal just slightly better. See ya at Costco 😉

Sorry you're having a rough time. 

I suspect after working for $10.75 an hour at Costco for a week you'd start looking for another RN job.  Retail is the worst. Horrible bosses, on your feet more than nursing and lots of contact with crowds of horrible people. 

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