I am a new RN in my mid-20s, though I have been at the same facility as an LPN for 2+ years, a CNA for 2 years before that (though at a different place). Because I was in school last semester I had to transition to working primarily weekends. I work mostly nights, and some evenings. Night shift on weekends, one day in particular, is a real makeshift crew. On that night one aid is a relatively new CNA (scares me to death she wants to be a nurse) ,she has an attitude and is down right lazy. She fell asleep while the other aid was on break!! so basically I was the only one on the floor Needless to say I was not happy. The other one is a bit older, and been doing it a bit longer but still lazy!! There is a resident who is at the front of the hall and he cannot remember to use his call button and he whistles when he needs help, though I explained to them that that is so and so and when he does that he is trying to get someone's attention, he whitles and they just sit around. When they are busy doing rounds call lights are all but ignored and in the morning I leave an hour earlier and am very busy with med pass, but the idea of prioritizing is so foreign. I had a meeting with the DON, we drafted a list of espectations for them to sign, little that has done. The very same day half were broken: the men they get up were not shaved, a motion alarm not being heeded led to a resident having a fall and skin tear, the break room was a mess, and she fell asleep.
This was this past week. I thought I was about to have a panic attack, I mean I help out more than probably any nurse, but I am coming to the realization that I cannot do it all! Compaining to management does little or nothing. I had my ADON (who is less tolerant of bs, though has little power, unfortunately) to print me extra write-up forms. I wrote them both up, but the young ('I know how to do my job') with an attitude girl refused to sign so of coarse the other one followed. The DON wants us to meet and talk about it, but I really am not interested in working that shift at all. In fact the idea of going in next week as me anxious. I am not usually short tempered, but the frustration is making me act like someone even I don't like. I take my work personally and I work my tail off only to hear countless (legitimate) complaints about my shift/ staff. I used to trade one of my shifts with another nurse, when it was convenient for one of us and she has since told me that she cannot take my shift any more because she, who has been a nurse a lot longer than me, cannot handle my staff... I am feeling so discouraged. I used to truly enjoy my job, but now I am considering just resigning. Not sure if that is a rational thought or me being overly emotional. Don't know what else to do.