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Life as a Nurse

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by mushymash mushymash, ASN, RN (Member)

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This article presents what nurses have to endure on a daily basis. I just want people to understand that it takes a lot of heart to do our job. Honestly, nurses are a special breed of people. You are reading page 2 of Life as a Nurse. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

SE_BSN_RN has 8 years experience as a BSN and specializes in LTC, Agency, HHC.

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I have to disagree about the people that post about you sounding like you are burnt out. This is, indeed, the realities of nursing! No matter what specialty you work in, unless you work in a clinic 8-5, and some nurses do, you will absolutely have days like this....and not all days are like this. Although, this sounds more like nursing in LTC, rather than an ER! :D I couldn't work in the ER....never have! I have done agency nursing in sub-acute care, and that isn't as hectic. If you have good managers, they will cover you for a lunch and breaks. The sub acute care hospital I did agency for, the charge nurse assigned times for nurses lunches, and she covered your patients while you were gone....Luckily, they offered me a job as soon as I get my RN, and, man, I am sooooo there!! This shouldn't discourage new grads, but to give them some insight!

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SE_BSN_RN has 8 years experience as a BSN and specializes in LTC, Agency, HHC.

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Mushymash, you have written a very good article which hits home with many nurses who, rather than being 'burned out' as suggested by Heartnursern, are simply working to be the best they can be.

Yes, bedside nursing is labor intensive, heart-wrenching and sometimes dangerous (elderly people are often powerful). Families are occasionally a little psychotic & dangerous, also. Reading this made me realize how some days are when I come home and feel I have been left in high gear. I'm just grateful I 'kept 'em alive 'til night shift got there'.

 

However, this is not every day. And happily, more days are ones of feeling I really made a difference in that patient's eventual healthy outcome. Or, if too critical, perhaps I helped the patient in some small way in the passing of life.

 

I don't know how it is in Manila, or in other US settings, but nurses everywhere have to learn to take care of themselves and watch each other's backs. I am 57yrs old and used to be the owner of an 8-12hr bladder. I could hold it with the best of them. I realize now just how stupid it was and not something of which to be proud. There are no awards nor thanks for this except pee pads later in life. You are of no use to your team if you are suffering and not up to full health. Not peeing, eating, or sitting down for five minutes is ridiculous.

 

You have to make it happen.

 

Talk to the nurses working with you and be a team. Watch out for each other's patients for the few minutes it takes to take care of yourselves. Refuse to risk your health for your patients. There will be many more days of going home feeling better about your work when you do.

 

Mushymash, thank you for your dedication. Take care of yourself, though. We need nurses like you.

 

 

Amen!! Couldn't have said it better myself! ALWAYS take care of YOU....FIRST!

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LEN-RN has 4 years experience and specializes in Med-Surg, LTC, Rehab, HH.

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Mushymash - thank you for your post. You described many of our days with exactness and humor. Keep up the good work and take bathroom breaks:).

I don't think nursing is for everyone!!! I have worked with some that are able to take their lunch, breaks and get off on time. And those are the ones who leave doctor orders undone, or patient treatments undone. And refuse to help others.

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Meg, RN specializes in Med-Surg, ICU.

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I agree. Nursing is not for the faint of heart! This is my first year, and it has been one of the most difficult and yet rewarding experience of my life. I too have lost weight from running around on the job and have gotten UTIs from not taking pee breaks enough. But now my mentality is, that I've got to take good care of myself if I'm going to take good care of others. So now I make time for breaks, take my vitamins and know that the other nurses on my floor have my back.

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For someone who is on a path to enter the nursing field, this is a discouraging post. I hope this is the exception, and not the norm. I'm very excited about my future in this field, feeling I could do a lot of good - I hope I'm not writing a similar post a few years from now.

Sorry to tell you this is quite the norm.. Floor nursing in a hospital environment is very difficult. You are it for all your pt's needs. Toileting, feeding, changing beds/bedpans. Techs are becoming extinct. Total care is becoming the norm.

Try it out. You will see. No it is not that bad, not all the time. Most days are horrible, it just makes you appreciate the good days more.

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annlewis has 3 years experience and specializes in Long term care.

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a humorous and true post, thanks for the laugh...winged living creatures fly and so do feces, and otherwize

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:rolleyes: Crap i do 50% of those things already!! Sacrifice, Sacrifice, Sacrifice, sounds a like a woman in a household of all men/boys!!! ME! so i guess since i got 50% well let's say 75% because of the irrationalizing with these guys!! eesssh, so i guess i'll make a pretty good nurse huh? LOL

I agree with whoever said yes this is nursing, sugar coat it do what you wish, the truth is the working nurse has it hard and there is a lot of sacrifice, i sometimes think about changing my major but, i've come too far. I am good at helping others, i love it, it is a passion for me so it's for me, i'll suffer for what i believe in!! I know tons of ppl who hate their jobs and still have to work, at least a nurse has the huge reward at the end of the day that she changed lives!!! yahoo!! let's do this!!

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Nurse_Candice specializes in endocrinology, geriatrics, dementia,.

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I loved the raw truth of this post. I love that Im a nurse and hope to only further my education/career in time but this is the truth of it and its everywhere. She doesn't sound burnt out, if she were she wouldn't still want to get up and face her ninja patients everyday. She would call off for every sneeze as I see others do and not have the feeling of accomplishment she described on the days she has the ability to make a difference as apposed to just treading water as we all do on those really rough days. I think any of the people who are discouraged by this need a reality check and anyone who cant relate should mail me an app for where they work because This is the norm of nursing and they are the exception.

Hoorah Soldier Nurses, lol

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ddv106 specializes in School, LTC, OB, LNC, Instructor, etc.

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Great post Mushymash,

In my 35th year, I look back and you brought all those memories back to me. This is reality, the weight loss, unfortunately then I gained the weight plus more, we used to laugh about using a catheter, so we could use it instead of the toilet. I think the nurses who feel as you do are the ones who put their patients first. You are the dedicated ones and you do make a difference. Someday when I get old, I hope there is someone like you to take care of me. I know I will be a terrible patient.

Thank you and all the other nurses out there who are working hard to do the best they can, we need more of you and not the ones who come in just for the pay.

If I was paid for all the lunch times, and breaks I did not get, I would be a multi millionaire. I am not but I have tons of great memories of the many people I have been part of their lives, families included.

Just remember, there is not one else like you and someone always need you.

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MouseMichelle has 16 years experience and specializes in Home Health/Hospice.

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Your article made me laugh. Espciaclly the part about scrubs being formal wear at a restuarant, sad to say I've done that.

You dont sound burnt out here, just a great sense of humor.

Yeah I've missed many of my nieces and parent's in laws b'day because of work. I can't remember the time I've had a night shift off on new years.

Nursing is different, it's fascinating. And I'm glad I'm a nurse, I do it all over again each shift but each shift it's different and I love it, it beats a desk job

Thumbs up on the article.

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Hello,

Thank you for the meaningful article. i do agree with dbscandy that you should take care yourself first then others because if you let your health down then you will not be able to help other at all. I plan to take some pre-req for nursing at SPC this fall. I know I could have started 2 years ago but after I got accepted to SPC back then, 2 months later my mom passed away. So, I got really depressed and didn't continue with the school. I knew that I can take better care of my mother if I become a nurse but now I realized that I can take care of anyone not just my mother. I felt so bad back when I was sick for few days and unable to visit my mother at the nursing home. I know I have to maintain my good health so that I can take care of others. I think being a nurse is challenging and rewarding at the same time. thanks again for sharing your nursing experience....take care yourself, god bless..

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TexasRN2 specializes in Psychiatric, Home Health, Geriatrics.

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When I have had a bad day dealing with overworked, stressed out, seemingly mean spirited nurses, who treated each other like they were the enemy instead of the illnesses of the patients, I have come home after the shift in tears and wanting to quit. But, I think of the nice note my manager got from the doctor who thanked me for my help (it happened) and told her what an asset I am. I think of my patients, especially the elder ones, who are grateful for the care they get and realize that it is for the patient that I work, not for the other nurses who are burned out or for the doctor who is too busy and stressed to remember to be human. Nursing can be a thankless, demanding, arduous profession that no sane person would want to go into but, there we are. I love it and hate it at the same time. I can't imagine going back to my life when I wasn't a nurse.

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