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CowgirlHippy

CowgirlHippy ADN, RN

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    Nurses are Pushed to the Brink

    Yes the only thing that we can do is our best... It's so sad the way nursing is going. There will be a shortage for many years to come if the higher ups don't change the way they run these hospitals.
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    Nurses are Pushed to the Brink

    yes you are so right about it all. This is a time more than ever that they hire ancillary staff, broaden their scope of practice and train them effectively to assist in patient care. These hospitals want you to do A, B, C and D and have everything charted on time and task done in a timely manner, patients turned every two hours and take a higher load with other added Tasks. Then they wonder why there is a nursing shortage. NURSES We have to start speaking up!
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    Unsure About Position: Critical Care Float Pool RN (+ ED)

    you make a good point I will keep that in mind going forward...
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    Unsure About Position: Critical Care Float Pool RN (+ ED)

    I am not going to lie, I do favor the ER a little more than critical care however I don't want to give up critical care at all. Critical care keeps me fine tuned with my critical thinking skills, pathophysiology of various diseases, ventilators, drips etc.... So I love both areas but I need to work in both consistently in order stay satisfied with my career in nursing. I can't just work in one area and not the other. But I agree with you as well, that I should give it more time and see how it goes. I am trying to remain hopeful.
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    Unsure About Position: Critical Care Float Pool RN (+ ED)

    I really don't want to work the extra hours because I am really afraid of getting burned out again. If I ever get to the point I will just leave nursing altogether. I agree with you that maybe I should just try to stick with the gig until covid cools down and see what happens. I will try my hardest....
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    Unsure About Position: Critical Care Float Pool RN (+ ED)

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    Unsure About Position: Critical Care Float Pool RN (+ ED)

    Don't get me wrong I also love the Critical Care as well.
  8. I just recently took a new job as a Critical Care Float Pool RN and in this position I would be able to float to the Critical Care units as well as the ED. I have experience in both areas. I was excited about the opportunity to work in both departments. It would give me the skill set and the variety that I need to maintain job satisfaction in nursing. I was informed by a few of the employees who work at my job that the critical care unit is always understaffed even before Covid hit. I know that as a float nurse I will be sent to the unit where I am needed most. I have been doing ER for several years now and I can't possibly see my career going forward without having the opportunity to work in the ER on consistent basis. I also enjoy working with kids and dealing with pediatric emergencies. The ER at this facility has a pediatric ER but they have dedicated pediatric ER nurses who will always staff that area, so it will be very rare that I get a chance to work in pediatric emergency area. My other concern was that when I began the job they only wanted to give me the BARE minimum orientation and when I expressed my concerns about wanting more orientation, my manager seemed somewhat resistant to that idea. As soon as I finished my Critical Care orientation and began orienting in the ED they wanted to completely pull me off orientation and have me fill shifts in the Critical care unit. Their excuse was they really needed help and wanted me to finish my ED orientation at a later time. They were successful at that. I am just worried that I won't ever get the chance to work in the ER as it seems like ICU will always need help no matter what. The ER is almost always staffed and even over staffed some days. I took this position believing that I'd be working in both areas but I see that's not going to be the case at all. I was told in my interview that I'd be floating to both departments. I kind of feel a little bummed. I don't want to leave because I know they need my help but I don't feel satisfied with this job at all. What should I do? I need some advice.