Hi--I'm a R.N. for 5 years.
I've felt the stress to this day. I've lost sleep, almost put on anti-anxiety RX., lost appetite(10#'s in 3 months...and I'm small statured anyways) and had a irritating rash. The dr. said it was stress. And that all happened while I worked midnights, on my current job.
I left that shift and moved to afternoons. We are staffed 10x better than midnights. But still I leave work and have a sleepless night. Our midnight, staff never gets enough staff for matrix. I've worked doubles before to help them. But it never helps the problem. Administation never solves the problem. And I take days to recover from doubles.
We are a step-down. We had a couple very serious patients on the unit. (last day I worked, ICU was booked, we got there overflow) I left worried about my patients...how they're doing...and the staffing for midnights. I think even if we'd be staff well, I'd be concerned of my patients. But now I'm doubly concerned. Midnights taking 7-8 patients each. For ICU over flow patients on our Stepdown. It scares me. I've talked to upper administation with no prevail.
I love nursing, the concept and caring. But I swear it's affecting my health.
I've worked other hospitals. And this hospitals been the best thus far.