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New nurse- already stressed and getting burned out

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by sleepdeprived1 sleepdeprived1 (Member) Member

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Ok. So I have been a nurse (first RN job) little more than 6months. At first my job was a honeymoon-ie: never any complaints, always willing to pitch in and help other shifts, very tolerant of others mistakes on previous shifts that I need to clean/patch up/fix. Many other employees would constantly complain and I thought it was terrible and tacky-I loved my job and realize no shift is perfect and all have busy days BUT I have become increasingly stressed and unhappy at work..it is affecting my ability to unwind after shift I continue to be angry and stressed and have a hard time relaxing-like now- I am very upset and stressed out with multiple work issues-very minimal staffing on night shift and last night had to train a cna (and this was the ONLY cna on the floor) first time cna was on my unit and had or acted no idea what to do with new admit that came in..very unsafe for myself patients and not fair to anyone, patient room not clean or bed made guess who had to do that?? barely ANY cna staff for nights, ALWAYS cleaning up after 2nd shift and throwing away their half full beverages, emptying the overflow garbages that reeks of their dinner (usually strong onion odor), secretary that leaves important patient chart info on desk for (who else) me to file away, and of course I get to check all the orders for the day and verify medications prescribed and entered by pharm. against orders,apparently 3rd shift is the only shift required to check and verify orders, if admission comes i am a secretary as well as the nurse i do all my own faxing, filing, ....I am so fed up with being treated like crap or that I don't do anything when I work hard every day I am there. It is finally getting to me. I am ready to find a new job where I am not the only nurse on the entire unit and one cna..

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Lev has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency - CEN.

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Did you bring up your concerns with manager?

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That's very ridiculous! I'm so sorry you're going through that! I would seriously talk to someone about it... because that's just not fair to you at all. And if no one listens to you, they do NOT deserve your hard work. I would find a new place to work if nothing changed within a few weeks after talking to someone. Good luck! :)

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NoviceRN10 has 5 years experience.

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It seems that hospitals are cutting back staffing and resources to save a dime and break our backs :(. It took me a good year to figure out that what you walk into on your shift is what you will end up sucking up and just doing. Is this your second job? Your post is a little confusing on that part. I have found nursing to be a pretty stressful occupation. I know there are good jobs out there, I just don't have the energy to try and find one! I hope you find a way to survive your job or get a better one :).

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