I appreciate the replies. These past few nights have been rough. I jumped to help in a code only to turn around and notice the rest of the nurses (experienced) have left to see their patients. It was just me, doing CPR, the resident who couldnt figure out what to order, and the attending.The nurse assigned to the coding patient didnt even step into the room until everything was done! The pt survived, but what nurse leaves another nurse alone like that... what kind of nursing practice is this?
I had a pt who crashed, had to mix and start a levophed & dopamine drip, which I havent done on my own. I step out of the room...and not ONE nurse was on the unit. They all left together to get "free holiday meals" from the cafeteria. WTH!?!? They left me alone while my pt crashed!?? I ended up calling pharmacy and asking directions on mixing and hanging the drips.
We have 1 IV pump in our ED, outdated technology, and staff who dont work together. I'm getting burned out quickly but I'm working so hard. Starting to feel as though I'm being taken advantage of. I never complain, get angry, or show I'm overwhelmed. I'm seriously considering leaving and have been applying to other positions.