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New nurse.. Just want to quit everything..

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Hello,

I've been a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) for 2.5 years and I'm currently working for Dementia Assisted Living (My first job as a nurse). I have 2 medtechs on each shift and I work 10-12 hours x 5 (or 6) days a week and getting a set salary (no overtime). I'm the only nurse in the facility and my ratio is currently 1:120 (yes... 120 dementia residents) who deals with family and doctors.

I'm so overwhelmed and just want to quit everything.. I'm trying my best to be on top of patient care/medication room management/part-administrator work dealing with licensing and RCFE. Also I'm on-call 24/7 during PM/NOC shift. I usually work between 7:30AM - 6:00PM then sometimes I may have to come back because there are many things that medtechs or caregiver cannot handle.

It seems like I lost my social life (not that I ever had one..) and been working and working... I feel like I'm overwhelmed but doesn't want to let my director down.

Because this is my first job as nurse, I don't know if I'm overwhelmed or just getting being a crybaby. After each shift, I've been crying hiding in the bathroom but don't want to give up at the same time..

I got accepted to LVN to BSN program and I should be happy but I feel like I'm stress about everything right now.. DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO...

I need an advice from wonderful nurses out there.. Is this normal feeling for nurses to go through..?

Been there,done that, ASN, RN

Has 33 years experience.

You are not working for the assisted living facility, you are running it for the for-profit company.

This arrangement is unheard of in the business. Quit now and report the unsafe practice to the state.

lovingtheunloved, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, home health, critical care. Has 12 years experience.

OMG, sounds so much like my first nursing job. Never sacrifice your well being for your job. It's just a job. You're being crapped on.

~Mi Vida Loca~RN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Dept. Trauma. Pediatrics. Has 6 years experience.

Get out! Don't give up nursing because you're in this crappy situation. Do your program so it can broaden your job prospects and find an area that isn't abusing you and that you're happy in. Quit the job? Yes! Quit the career because of the job?? Absolutely not!

prmenrs, RN

Specializes in NICU, Infection Control. Has 42 years experience.

Get out! this place will cost you your license, your health, your sanity. Not to mention the health and safety of your patients. If you need a job while you're in school, get a different one, or take out student loans.

And, I agree w/reporting the facility to any and all licensing agencies of which you are aware. What a nightmare!

Is this for real?

I've never heard of such a situation. I'm finding it difficult to believe.

Get out of there.

You are not working for the assisted living facility, you are running it for the for-profit company.

^^^That's a statement full of truth right there!!

Holy crikey, listen to those here and don't look back! Good luck to you :)

Agree with the other posters. Run, don't walk! This is not a normal or acceptable arrangement.

madricka

Specializes in Oncology, critical care. Has 8 years experience.

You are NOT being a crybaby!! Nor are you "giving up" if you want to leave. This is not the right job for you. Period. And that's ok! They are taking advantage of you. They know you are nice and hardworking and will just take what they give you and not complain. Totally not fair and totally not safe (for you or the residents). Nurse life shouldn't be this hard!! Get out now and chalk it up to a good learning experience. Do your LVN-->BScN and don't look back. It's ok to put yourself first and considering your physical and mental health are suffering, it's time for change. Do not feel guilty, you are not letting anyone down. You are just moving onto greener pastures, people do it all the time. Don't let them make you feel guilty either. You deserve to work in a place you enjoy that isn't killing you!

fawnmarie, ASN

Specializes in Psychiatric Nursing. Has 18 years experience.

You are not working for the assisted living facility, you are running it for the for-profit company.

This arrangement is unheard of in the business. Quit now and report the unsafe practice to the state.

Absolutely! Quit now! Turn in your notice today!

C0SM0

Has 1 years experience.

You are not working for the assisted living facility, you are running it for the for-profit company.

This arrangement is unheard of in the business. Quit now and report the unsafe practice to the state.

I couldn't have said it better myself. This place is running you into the ground, get out now or you'll regret it later.

Semper_Gumby

Has 2 years experience.

It's normal to feel overwhelmed as a newer nurse. It is NOT normal to work 5-6 10-12 hour shifts a week and it is NOT normal to care for 120 residents! The most I've heard of previously is 40-50 which is already insane. The fact that you are salaried with no overtime means they can take serious advantage of you in a way that is unethical and should be illegal, if it's not. You are exhausted. You spend all your time being "on" since you are on call even when you're home. You never get a break and that is a big part of the reason you feel so overwhelmed and close to burnout.

Like the others have said, get out. Get out before this job costs you your health, your sanity, your license and your love of nursing. Report your employer to any and all agencies involved because I suspect they'd be pretty appalled at the expectations placed on you. Do not feel you're letting your director down--she is letting you down by letting you continue to work in such unsafe conditions!

I hope you can find another LTC position (preferably an hourly one so you are fairly compensated for the work you do) or another position altogether that is suited for you, and work your way through school if needed. Go ahead and get that BSN and open up all kinds of new opportunities for yourself! You deserve so much better than what you're getting right now.

For what it's worth, anytime I had to work 3 12's in a row, or work 4 or 5 12's in a week, I was so exhausted I couldn't think straight and could barely function. I don't know how you are able to do it!

ivyleaf

Specializes in Ambulatory Case Management, Clinic, Psychiatry. Has 13 years experience.

Start applying to new jobs and quit as soon as you accept an offer.

Yes, this work situation is not the norm. Speak up for what's right and if you aren't binded by a contract get out of there!!! I'm sure there are other long-term care facilities or SNF's near you. Also, if you have an interest in dialysis they do hire LPN's. I work for one of the "big two." right now. Both companies will train you. If you have any questions don't hesitate to message me. In the end you have to do what's best for you!!

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

Just to comment, OP works Assisted Living. Not LTC. Regs in AL are much more loose and liberal than LTC.

I've heard similar horror stories, but I think this one ranks right up there in the top 10.

Yes, OP. Get out now.

Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

Hello,

I've been a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) for 2.5 years and I'm currently working for Dementia Assisted Living (My first job as a nurse). I have 2 medtechs on each shift and I work 10-12 hours x 5 (or 6) days a week and getting a set salary (no overtime). I'm the only nurse in the facility and my ratio is currently 1:120 (yes... 120 dementia residents) who deals with family and doctors.

At 2.5 years in, I wouldn't exactly call you new :)

But if what you say about your working conditions is true, I think it's time you start looking for your second job as a nurse.

I'm sure the owners just love you. You are saving them so much money, by working you harder than a Hebrew slave, and paying you peanuts.

It's greedy facilities/owners like that, that I hate the most.

Apple-Core, ASN, BSN, RN

Has 1 years experience.

120:1 is absolutely insane, not only for you but for the patients. GET OUT!