i HATE my job. Does anyone else feel the same? - page 5

I absolutely despise my job. I work as a nurse in a intermediate/telemetry type floor. We are in the process of moving to a new hospital, so we were a telemetry unit and we are splitting into... Read More

  1. by   martymoose
    I;m noticing a common theme here- cardiac/telemetry stepdown units, which is also what I work too.

    anyone else notice?
  2. by   martymoose
    Not gonna quote it, but sugarwahine10 you have said the complete truth in your comment! especially the cattle part- I liken it to mass production- assembly line mentality!

    I sure agree/sympathize with you- you took the words right out of my mouth!

    -applewhitern- we arent allowed to say we have other patients either, and say that " we have the time" despite that being a big fat lie!!!
  3. by   VidaUrbana
    I work on tele/step down unit as well.
    This is why I'm taking my butt * I wanna write something else but you get my drift* back to school.
    Lazy management, rude and demanding patients/families, nasty doctors, lack of help from PCA's or worse NO PCAs, one discharge... two seconds later a complicated admission.
    I'm so done with bedside nursing. DONE!
    Last edit by VidaUrbana on Feb 14, '13 : Reason: grammatical errors
  4. by   Mulan
    It's refreshing to see some honest posts.
  5. by   brandy1017
    Quote from Jenni811
    Ah, thank you guys for not judging me! I feel like a horrible person stating i cannot stand my patients and their families. When i was talking to my manager about this lady as i discussed before i was nearly in tears telling her about how disrespected i felt with her.
    I worked VERY hard for my degree and i dont appreciate being so disrespected. I did NOTHING wrong to this patient, but yes...i was making the decisions.
    Like same thing that one previous person stated about not taking oral temperatures. YOU made the decision to not take an oral temeperature based on what you know about this patient, based on what you have learned and based on your judgement.

    I've been a nurse for like 2 years and i can think of THREE patients i truley truley enjoyed and loved working with them and their families. When i have families like this, i go above and beyond for them. It sounds terrible that we treat nicer families like this but its so true. You would not believe the stuff i've done for the three i can think of. One was a hospice patient who wanted chinese food and not hospital food. They couldn't afford alot, so i gathered up nurses on my unit to pitch in a couple dollars and we ordered the entire family chinese food and had it delivered to their room, payed for by us nurses!! Would i do that for a demanding/disrespectful patient? heck no!
    I had a patient alone from out of town for high risk surgery and had a very lengthy postop course with complications. He told me he liked a certain mystery writer and I got some novels for him at a half price books to give him something to do while passing the time. The human connection is what makes a difference in being a nurse when struggling with all the negative aspects of nursing.
  6. by   DoeRN
    I hate my job so much that I know am suffering from mild anxiety when I have to go into work. I'm going to go talk to my doctor about being put on an antidepressant. I'm in school for a career change but it had gotten to the point that I have to drag myself out of bed. I work just enough to pay my bills and have a little for savings. Nothing extra even though I am constantly asked to work more. I always say no.

    And I have zero compassion. Tears do not move me. I tend to look at people with a blank expression when they cry. I had a patient yesterday in for abdominal pain. Her husband brought her Wendy's. Then she started crying hysterically because of her abdominal pain. She had 2 hours until her pain med was due. I told her she would have to wait and she should watch her diet and not eat things that will irritate her stomach and walked out the room. A hour later I'm doing my rounds. She is in a negative pressure room so I'm outside in the vestibule getting ready to come in. She's laughing and joking on her cell phone. I come in and the tears start again. Yeah I'm totally over the bedside. Can't WAIT to get out.

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    Last edit by DoeRN on Feb 14, '13
  7. by   SionainnRN
    I LOVE being a nurse and it really saddens me to see so many people just itching to quit. I've had horrible days where I just wanted to strangle all my patients and their families, but it doesn't keep me from loving my job. Op you mentioned you have a very short temper, you may want to find something to help with that, and good luck with finding a new floor that makes you happier.
  8. by   Jenni811
    Quote from SionainnRN
    I LOVE being a nurse and it really saddens me to see so many people just itching to quit. I've had horrible days where I just wanted to strangle all my patients and their families, but it doesn't keep me from loving my job. Op you mentioned you have a very short temper, you may want to find something to help with that, and good luck with finding a new floor that makes you happier.
    Find something to help wth my short temper? how about a new job. I never had a short until i became a nurse. I used to have the patience of a saint.

    Its like what everyone else has said, the patients who act like total babies. I will always say things like "Well you are expected to go home friday. How will you wipe your butt when you get home?" they usually respond with "I'll figure it out when it happens" then they bend over and say "now wipe!"
    dear lord....i don't get it.
    ad like everyone else has stated at some point. managment just keeps wanting more more more more but never give us more to work with. COnstantly adding to the things we have to do and then they throw at us "Oh yea, we are going down one nurse every shift."...Say what?
  9. by   martymoose
    LOL, I thought I was burned out!!!!!
  10. by   SionainnRN
    Quote from Jenni811
    i'm a person of very short temper so it takes every ounce of energy in me not to slap some of them in the face.
    OP I'm just going by what you say about yourself, and if you are really on the verge of physically attacking your patients or their families, please quit now. You are not doing them or yourself any favors by staying at your job.
  11. by   multi10
    OP, Have you considered critical care? I learned so much and loved it.
  12. by   plf2323
    I think most nurses who have worked in a hospital have felt this way at one time or another. I remember almost losing it when a patient's family (who were sitting around on their butts all day) asked me to get them a pitcher of water. It wasn't even for the patient. I felt very disrespected and angry. I think some family members and patients forget just how hard nurses work and think we are their personal servants. I left the hospital setting and never looked back, although I didn't always hate it. I worked for several years as a medical review nurse at an insurance company, then a school nurse and now at a clinic. I just did not enjoy bedside nursing that much. It was too stressful and often made me miserable.
    Oh, and I took several years off to take care of my kids and be a SAHM. I know not everyone can afford to do that, but you said you were planning to. I am so glad I did. You will not regret it. Just don't stay out too long if you want to go back to nursing.
    Good luck!!!
  13. by   QTNurseBSN
    You have definitely head the nail on the head. I was an Orthopedic Nurse for two years, so of course the load was heavy, especially
    because we were dealing with mainly hip and knee surgical patients. I had a patient once tell me to clean up her room. Mind you she had tons of visitors, food wrapping and just a mess everywhere. I look at her and told her my job was NOT to clean up her room or a mess that she allowed her visitors to make, she was at a hospital not a hotel and the only thing I will clean up is a path to her bed to do my assessment or give her meds...the other trash was irrelevant to me. I left the bedside two years ago and have done Patient Education and Case Management. I miss the "hands on" part of nursing, but would prefer to either do Peds or ICU if I ever had to return to the hospital. Med surg is definitely not what I want to do in regards to nursing, especially when the focus is not on providing quality care but being maid, slave, and down right disrespected. And unless you are truly unable to wipe yourself, I am not wiping your back or your front. Where are these patients dignity and self respect??