Quote from thatgirl2478
"accelerated MS in Project Management program at USC" - get ready to babysit adults... I did project management for 6 months before going back to my previous IT role, all I did DAY IN AND DAY OUT was create schedules that the other 'adults' I was managing would ignore. And I was managing a HOLIDAY project - you know one of those that doesn't ever change it's date (ie Christmas)... Everyday they had excuses for why they couldn't do xyz that needed to be done. Every. Day.
Every job has a sucky part.
Yes but did you do post mortem care on any 5 month olds who's parents threw them against the wall? I'm too young (31) to be in therapy and on meds for PTSD because of my job. I know the grass won't be greener, there is no such thing as a "perfect" job it's called "work" for a reason. But I have to learn to take care of myself and accept that it is OK if I'm just not the type of person cut out for this. If I stay on the path I'm on, I know my patient care will suffer. This is unacceptable.
I chose project management because I know I have to go to grad school to leave the bedside. I don't like patient care anymore, but I still like the healthcare industry. I don't want to specialize and I know I have to if I go the MSN route. With an MS in project management I can keep working in the hospitals on QI projects, expansions, tech role outs, care initiatives, and education without having to limit myself to a specialty. At least this is my hope. I live very close to three very large medical centers. Who knows I might end up working in an entry level job doing data entry for a consulting firm, but hopefully I won't be having nightmares about spreadsheets.
Brandy1017: I LOVE THAT MOVIE, I appreciate your comment. I can see where you would draw that conclusion, I was on a bit of a rampage when I wrote that last post (though I firmly stand by everything I wrote) But I do know I have made a difference in countless lives. I've let parents practice injections (with NS) on me because we expect them to learn lovenox injections on their kid and they are terrified of sticking their own baby the first time they give a shot (knowing full well if anyone found out I would be suspended), I've given families my lunch and gotten through my shift on a granola bar because they didn't qualify for meal assistance, I had a parent tell me once the only time she slept in the monthe her infant was in the hospital was when I was her nurse because she didn't feel like she could relax and rest when anyone else was her little girls nurse, I blow bubbles that I order in bulk from amazon
and keep in my bag, sneak stickers for the kids to decorate thier IV pumps, and when teenagers complain I cuss right along with them and tell them I know this **** sucks and isn't fair and I promise not to pretend everything will be ok or lie to them about what's going on.
I know I have made a difference in thousands of lives through my work, the problem is it has been at the cost of my own. Nurses burn out because we spend too much time taking care of everyone else, we forget to take care of ourselves. I agreed with OP because administration, leadership, physicians, lobbyists, legislators, unions, and even our peers along with everyone else who has power to change the nursing profession for the good or the bad is also too focused on how we take care of everyone else and unconcerned about taking care of us.
Hopefully, one day i'll be able to play a hand in making things better for nurses as an outsider with insider experience.... who knows.