:hdvwl:I also went through what all you say, but Half my nursing career I worked as a oncology nurse, and it was standard each nurse was assigned 6-8, or more pts daily. We were to do all the pts bedside cares from meds, Iv's, pre-op,and post-op care, transport your pts where they had to go ie: x-ray;cardio;transfer to another floor, discharg pt, admitt, all vitals as Dr ordered, water pitchers, bed side bath, and personal care; including shaving of elderly males, feeding them if they were feeders TXs,ambulating, assist'g them if needed to BR, back rubs, q2hr repositionings, etc......and more. All paperwork for those pts, ans call lights promptly, and charting on those pts, med count at chng of shift, as well as reporting on those pts to the oncoming nurse. For some reason the unit worked extreemly well! The nurses were top notch, and the aids also. We helped each other where needed too. I am firm believer in "You are only as good as your staff!" The head nurses, and supervisors were super as well. Everyone knew what they were to do, and got on with it. I also became a nurse because I loved helping elderly, and felt they deserved the best, and then some from me! The second half my career as a nurse I worked in nursing homes; as I had relocated south. The N-homes were much less superior in pt care due to no way you could do good care when you were assigned 30, or so pts! Add Tx's, and meds to that, and lots of other things, and there was no way you could give the care you trained to do! I am sorry, but I found a big diff between working in the North, as apposed to South! The last place I worked was advertising as non-profit org, and none descriminating.....it was anything but! The place was always working the nurse short, and overburdened, and expected to perform miracles. There was hardly ever time to take brake, or sit. It was run, run about all shift, you were 80% of the time not enough supplies, and then the chng of shift chores, and charting, and paper work, drug counts, and reporting to next shift!!! Some have said you ought to just take your brake, or go to the BR, etc..that sounds good in theory, but when you have so many pts under your chrg. You had to stay on top of the NA's there as well or they did less than good cares. At times you couldn't even find them to tell them a pt needed bedside, etc care; and the time it would take to hunt them down you could of done the chore yourself already! The DON was something else!!!:angryfire If you complained she would pile more on to you, and then tell you you needed to utilize your time better and be out of there at end of shift!!! Unbelievable it was! It was suppost to be one of the best n-homes in the area, and if you were not clocked out within a hr of end of shift they told you to chart your notes the next day???:confused:In training you are told to do the days note charting, and not to leave it to the next day, or it might not get charted. Legalities as well in that!!! One reason I did the work of 2 nurses to CMA. When you got that many pts and constantly interrupted when you are passing meds, etc to have to take pts familys phone calls, or someone fell, or had to be transported to ER for what ever......let alone pain meds, and shots, it was just nuts!!! When I finally just out right quit alot of the pts, and their family members said I would be greatly missed. In order to give good care to pts you had to always hurry, hurry. It was unbelievable!!! Oh, and the pay sucked! I don't know what the future will hold for pts, and nurses, but changes are always suppost to be for the better, but alot of times are not! Some would say I ought to of wrote the aids up for shoddy care, etc, but the DON wass half the problem. When I left that place I never looked back!