This is probably a huge mistake on my part, but here I go. Epona, you are correct in stating we have to take care of ourselves, having lunch going to the bathroom, that really does sound good in theory. Honestly with the patient/staff workload, the paperwork, the regular meds, tx`x, the MD orders, ordering meds, assisting CNA`s, talking with family members, then, someone falls, or develops chest pains,the phone is ringing, prns to give, oh my just remembering it all is still so frustrating to me.
I wanted to be a nurse all my life, started as a candystriper back in the day, worked as a CNA 15+ yrs. Finally had the opportunity to go to school to be an RN, my dream. Also single parent 3kids (one 14mo old) I still grad. with honors & I only add that part to show how much I loved what I was doing, learning. Then came work; as a CNA we were always short staffed so I rarely took lunch/supper break. It was a given. As an RN I never took breaks on shift but I put my foot down when it came to a meal .5 all of it. I needed that time not to eat, no to STOP re-eval my list of the day, what was left to do, what was I not going to get done. It gave me the time to clear my head and plan what was left of my day, oh yea and go to the bathroom. I was the charge, tx, med nurse for my floor with 2 sometimes 3 CNA`s. I never got out on time charted standing up or in a room with someone dying so they knew someone was with them their last hrs. in this life. The admin. just keeps adding more and more that needs to be done, new assessments to do (well someone has to look at them) state regs the pharmacy and monitoring certain meds. I could go on and on.
I was told many times I wa an excellent nurse, good asessment skills, and the ability to stay calm in chaos.I always had a calm approach with my patients no matter what the situation was, knowing to act stresed would only heighten everyones anxiety. Anyway I burnt out totally. I had been in geriatric (which I love esp. geriatric psych.) mental health and crisis intervention,taught the state CNA course, worked as a prison triage nurse, I still have not found my niche. Actually instead of any flames I woulld greatly, really appreciate any input in finding a niche in Nursing because I do still love the concept, it is trying to do the impossible day after day, no support that wiped me out. So I do welcome constructuive, educational input.
Epona I wish you only the best of luck in your new career, I hope you find nursing what you need it to be for your happiness. I do miss the patient contact, being on the floor etc. Life is way too short to work like this under these conditions. Just my 2 cents. cadia as an aside, one place I worked, mandatory NO overtime, we nurses punched out and then would do our documenting, when we complained management would not hear it. So guess what we nurses did, yep. Care not documented is care not given, and I`d be damned. but I hated being treated like that. ditti inglein I woiuld say I am bitter as well. It is wondered why there is a shortage, hhhhhmmmm let me stop and count the reasons, sadly, very sadlry. acadia