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Bbang specializes in Med Surg/Vasc. Surgery.

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  1. Bbang

    Wanting to Quit my Covid-19 job

    Sheesh, this job is overwhelming haha. I don't even know where to begin because a large part of those tasks I don't have time to do properly. And then add having to donn n95, shield, gown, gloves, and sometimes booties in every patient room and doffing appropriately too. They're also wanting us to bundle as much care as possible to ration our PPE and minimize exposure to the patients. Which sucks. I came into to this job for the patients and now I can barely see them. Remembering everything is almost impossible. The more I read from you all the more I'm realizing how potentially dangerous this situation is. I emailed my manager regarding to my concerns and asked what was going to be done to keep a safe environment on the floor. Her response was saying she was dealing with an epidemic of unprecedented times and she has hired new graduates to be on the team. Our floor is already majority new graduates! And now were getting more?? I was joking around the other night asking who was going to teach all these new graduates. I spoke too soon. The nurses that got out of orientation 2mths ago with me are taking orientees. Talk about the blind leading the blind. I really want to provide high quality care. I really do. But it feels like every night the floor is in survival mode and we're all just doing to the bare minimum to get by. And even with that mentality we're all staying late to catch up with charting, etc.
  2. Bbang

    Wanting to Quit my Covid-19 job

    Definitely great advise. I have been trying to find a good routine during night shift to keep myself healthy. I workout/run when I find the energy but there's always room for improvement
  3. Bbang

    Wanting to Quit my Covid-19 job

    This was this particular charge nurse's first time being charge and with only 8mths experience she felt like she didn't know what she was doing. Can't blame her, I would feel the same way. She tried to deny the supervisor when they took our second nurse, but there's only so much you can do. She honestly just started crying when supervisor called and one the nurses with 5mths experience offered to go so it wouldn't be a big deal. It's difficult because it feels like we don't have any staff, and when we do it's all new people, so we're all learning. Regarding to educating off the clock with labs, normally I would agree and your point is valid, but it is hard to be motivated to learn outside of work when work is kicking your butt every shift.
  4. Hey guys, I am needing some advise regarding to my job. I graduated in December (2019) and accepted my dream job in Vascular Surgery and Renal Transplant. I have always loved transplants and this particular floor has a transition program into the CVICU (if you get accepted). It sounded perfect because I want to move to critical care eventually but I wanted acute care experience before that jump. I didn't get accepted into the program but you can reapply every 6mths. So I moved 2hrs away from my hometown and started this new job with not knowing anybody here and being 100% on my own for the first time in my life. At first it was fine, it's a busy floor busy but I get to learn about these cool vascular surgeries and transplants. But then Covid started to hit our area and our floor quickly turned into covid land. All of our old patients are on different floors of the hospital and there is no end in site with being an acute care covid floor. I'm on nights and we are constantly short staffed. Only 1 tech for a 32bed floor and each nurse regularly takes 6-7 patients. Most of us are taking over time to help out when we're short staffed, which is burning us out. Even the nurses with years experience are saying they're overwhelmed and it's never been this bad before. The other night we originally had 6 nurses (which makes for a wonderfully staffed night) but house super pulled 2 of our nurses leaving us with all nurses with under 8mths experience (our team leader had the most experience with 8mths). We ended up having 15 admissions from the ED and it was such a hell night. Thank God nothing crazy happened like a rapid response because I honestly don't know how we could have handled that. That's another thing, once the patient's covid swab results come back negative we a supposed to transfer them off the floor so we are constantly moving patients off and getting new ones. I cant even remember what's going on with half of my patients! I am so discouraged. I feel like I can't keep up with what's going on at work. We are so busy that I feel like I'm not providing great care. I struggle finding enough time to read up on my patients charts, look at their lab trends, see what old procedures they had. And I still feel new so a lot of these I labs I don't know the significance of and I don't have enough time to sit down and learn the importance of them. I regularly feel regretful for moving over here for this terrible job. If I would have known this job would have been like this I would have never moved. I just don't know what to do. I only have 6mths experience, but I don't know if I can handle this anymore. I almost always go home crying after my 3/3 stretch of work and dread when I come back. And the today my parents came over to visit and I started crying again when they asked about work. And I'm not an emotional person, I just feel so overwhelmed and upset with the situation I'm in. I'm really needing advise for this situation. :(

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