jaderook01, BSN, RN 2,539 Views
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Pettiness. In all of its forms and from all of its sources.
Being a peds nurse, I realize that 99% of my "Pet Peeves" revolve around the parents. I've always said pediatric nursing needs their own version of Casual Friday called Parent-Free Monday...sorry not sorry.
How late is late? We have one or two like this on my unit- and they scare me- honestly. They're super nice people, but as nurses they scare the absolute crap out of me. Like, nightshift not leaving until around 9:00 am or later on the regular, late. If you're like that- then- I hate to say this- but maybe you should reconsider what you're doing. The fact you're asking the question is rather telling- isn't it? You already know and suspect that you need to go do something else. There is no shame in it.
I hate to be that person- but as a career changer with a lot of experience elsewhere- and now with two years of nursing under my belt- I'll just say this. Three months isn't enough to decide whether you truly hate something or not if you're brand new at doing said something. Part of this med-surg hatred of yours could be the learning curve of simply being a new nurse. Also, I'll be honest, are school clinicals truly enough to determine if you'll like something? It may be enough to determine that you like the 'idea' of something. The reality of it day in and out might be something else entirely. I'm not saying not to go for it- just don't be surprised if you find yourself not liking your 'chosen' specialty either. I simply see a lot of folks setting themselves up for grass is greener syndrome. Ideally, give yourself a year. Get your nursing skills down. Look at where you are as the opportunity it really is to learn a lot.
OP: It can come down to your facility suddenly requiring you to get your BSN in order to keep your job.
The patients that call the operator- who then puts them through to the nurses' station- just to ask for popsicles. On a step-down- that's our priority- popsicles for the fluid restriction people.
OP: Your self-hatred and self-deprecation is distressing. However, your negative views on your looks have absolutely zero to do with actually being a nurse- or any other career you want to pursue, if we're being honest. If you want to be a nurse, then go for it. Stop the self hatred please.
I agree. I'm one of those nurses that will generally ask a patient how they're doing when I go in to do my first assessment. Nine times out of ten, they never complain of wanting pain meds when I do this. When they call out for pain meds is when I go to give them anything, and I will always start with offering their PRN Tylenol and will only go the next step if they already know about their other meds and/or insist on something else. If a patient has PRN dilaudid or morphine, I won't advertise it to them without reason. I'm heartily sick of the faux 10/10 pain folks. In fact, I've called doctors and had PRN morphine and dilaudid DC'd more than once.
Of course, it's doable to get an A in a seven week summer course. Lots of people have done it. I've done it, myself.
Ah, yes. I frequently encounter people that think that all hospitals should be like St. Mungos in Harry Potter. Wave a magic wand and we're all good.
So long as it is illegal and I'm susceptible to random drug testing, I'll refrain. For the sake of people like my husband, who could truly benefit from medical marijuana, I hope it is legalized everywhere soon.
OP: You can't reason with unreasonable people. You can only be professional and not react to the crazy/stressed/insert-preferred-word-of-your-choice-here on your end. You can have the perfect 'tone', demeanor, provide the best nursing care in the world and still get fired. Just let it go.
If you hate it so much that it's causing you to cry all the time, then it isn't for you. Go do something else. Get a degree in something else. I'll be honest, I never cried in clinicals and I've never cried on the job. It's not always fabulous times- but I don't hate it at all. This is also my second career. It's perfectly fine to admit you don't want to do something. You simply discover what you want to do and then go do it. Good luck.
Twenty-four is far from old. I already had a B.A. and a Master's degree and went to nursing school in my late thirties. Personally, I went for a BSN as it was only two years.
Personally, the schedule alone would make it worth it to me to stay. If you leave that behind you will see the difference and- no matter how much you may like the job- it will not make up for the hassle of having to schedule your life around work instead of work around your life.
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