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Wrestler133 has 2 years experience.

Staff Nurse IV in Surgical ICU

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  1. Hello everyone, I've been currently stumped at work and feel like I need a change but don't know if I'm making the right decision or just jumping into a buzzaw. I began my career in pre-op and pacu and decided to leave after 9 months because I felt I needed to "learn" the disease process working in med surg/telemetry and took a position at another hospital which lasted about 18 months and then trained in the ICUs and did that for a year. I did like the ICU, but wanted to work closer to home so took a med surg/tele float position with a hospital 5 minutes from my house as opposed to the 50 minute commute I was doing at my previous ICU job. Sometimes I feel I made a mistake. My biggest gripe with working in med surg/telemetry is all the mundane tasks and interruptions during the day that I feel keep me away from actual patient care. Management seems to add more and more little tasks every month to do and often feel like I'm just clicking away at the computer and doing pointless paperwork during the day and with 5-6 patients yelling for pain meds and bed pans all day it's beginning to eat away at my soul to say the least. I've looked into going to the ICU at my current workplace but it seems obtaining a day shift position is almost impossible. I recently saw some ER day positions at a hospital nearby for the same company and looked into applying. My ER experience is limited to ER ICU and Tele holds, but noticed the pace was a lot different with the RNs around me and noted that a lot of their charting and assessments we're focused as opposed to charting every detail on the floor. My question to peeps on this forum is how many have worked both types of floors and if any would leave the ER for a med surg/tele position, and any pros/cons to leaving floor nursing for ER. As far as my experience I worked in PreOp/Pacu for 9 months, MedSurg/Tele for 2 years, ICU for 1 year. Thanks
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    ER to Floor...hating it

    I've been thinking of making a move to the ER after floating as a resource RN a few times in my career. I currently work as a float RN going to med surg and tele floors on a daily basis with an occasional day in the ER as a resource. After hearing people's complaints about the floor I finally feel like I'm not alone feeling that way and maybe it's the switch I need. I love practicing skills and thinking critically, but all the tasks, mundane BS, constant interruptions, BS charting I'm finally at a breaking point. Sometimes I feel like I'm completely ignoring the pts due to all the extra fluff I have to worry about throughout the day. I have 3 years 4 months experience as an RN. Currently in an MSN program and have my BSN as well. My experience is mostly telemetry nursing, but do have prior ICU experience and wanting to make a switch to the ER in the near future.
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    Leaving Bedside Nursing

    Thank you for the helpful advice! What is your FB name? Message me on here Thanks man I'm trying to keep my head on straight.
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    Leaving Bedside Nursing

    I graduated from school and was working as an aide in a preop and PACU floor. Right after I got licensed my managers hired me and was really excited to be in such a position as a new grad. After about 9 months I realized it was a big learning curve and did not have the "bedside" experience a lot of my co-workers did and decided to take a tele-float position at another hospital to "learn" and realized what a mistake it was. At first it was not so bad because I was learning a lot of new and useful info and really getting to see the disease process. It was exciting at first but little by little I started to see what was really going on. Certain floors I floated too were very strict regarding patient satisfaction scores and it was all the management would talk about, in particular the post-surgical and cardiac tele floors. I remember the first time I was talked to for not bringing a blanket fast enough because I was doing my med pass and realized what a mistake I had done leaving PACU. I eventually ventured into the ICU and really liked it, but at this time I had moved to another city 40 minutes away and was tiring with the commute after a year. Traffic became bad at times and a lot of construction often made the commute about an hour and at my current home I lived 5 minutes from another hospital and applied there. None of the day ICU positions called me back, but did get called back for a tele position and took it. This floor in particular just SUCKS the life out of you. The patients are chronically ill and often have multi organ issues. Management is all about patient satisfaction scores and it seems like its all they email me about. The manager who is not helpful at all does "rounds" in the afternoon where she goes into every room and basically logs complaints the patients have and brings them up to you...while you're in the middle of charting, med passes, patient care etc. This in contrast with managers from other floors I have floated to who are active on the floor helping staff with tasks and patient care. I remember an incident where a physician wanted to discharge a patient who to me looked awful and just didnt feel right giving him his discharge instructions and go home. The wife had to take him to an appointment the next day hours away and well I didnt feel good at all about this. He kept desatting whenever he would get up to do anything and I mean he would go down to the mid 80s just by walking to the bathroom and needed the cannula running at 6L to get him back up to above 90. He would also get very tachycardic and just looked bad. I called the hospitalist during all of this and he assessed the guy and decided it would be best to keep him another night. I come back the next day and the guy isnt there, apparently he ended up crashing during the night and was transferred to the ICU. If I had let him go home he could have potentially died. My manager comes up to me later in the day and tells me in a snarky tone "you were in that patients room for quite a long time yesterday, your patients neighbor was complaining you werent fast enough with his pain medication". Thats when I realized she doesn't give a *** about the patients at all and just basically wants her positive HCAHP scores. I'm still working for the same manager and really want to go to another setting that isn't telemetry or med surg. Im wanting to stick it out at this hospital for at least a year before trying to go elsewhere so it doesn't look bad on my resume. Each day I'm on the floor I'm just miserable and on edge about getting called into the office over something stupid and potentially getting fired. I get home usually drained and have even developed agoraphobia where I really dislike leaving the house even to go to the store or any kind of social event. The only way I can calm down at home is to drink alcohol which has become a bad habit, I don't binge drink or anything but have found myself drinking two beers on my days off every night to wind down. I don't mind the patient care at all to be honest, but management has some unrealistic expectations and I'm just turned off from floor nursing at the moment. Hopefully something happens next year and I can leave because I feel like I'm losing my mind.
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    BSN-MSN Education

    I'm starting August 1st myself. Excited to start and to open new doors once I'm done
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    Why wouldn't this cost of living hack work for California?

    Sacramento is not that expensive to live in unless the cost of rent has gone up the last few years and not aware of it.
  7. I'm currently working on a a Renal Telemetry floor with three years experience total at bedside. I have worked in preop, post anesthesia, ICU and used to float to every telemetry floor at my previous hospital. I've been pondering making a switch to Public health after enjoying the coursework during my RN-BSN program. In currently in Stanislaus County in Northern California and was wondering if anyone had any insight on public health jobs in the area. Warning rant ahead LatelyI I'vebeen feeling 'burned' out by bedside work in the hospital after what seems like endless charting and new tasks to do added every month. Seems like a vicous cycle; if I try to finish charting I'll get in trouble for not answering lights 'fast enough', if I'm more diligent about answering call lights and fulfilling requests for pts and family I might be late on my charting and stay over my shift a bit to catch up, but I'll get in trouble for that too. New tasks and charting added by management every month doesn't help either. Recently we had a 'low' HCAHPS score for our unit and management was up our asses about everything. I'm also paranoid on my time off often wondering if I completed all my charting and when I'll get chewed out again by management. I just feel I'm done with bedside nursing. Rant over. On top of my experience I gave my BSN, PCCN, NIH Stroke Cert, BLS and ACLS. I'm also fluent in Spanish and a male (don't know if that's a negative or positive). I'm wondering if this experience would be enough to get my resume looked at if any positions were to open in the area.
  8. I'm currently debating leaving my bedside nurse job and going into public health. Working bedside will do wonders for your assessment and critical thinking skills but been feeling burned out lately by the excessive (some VERY pointless) charting, awful demanding management and being thrown under the bus for everything.
  9. Wrestler133

    Is it like this everywhere now?

    Jesus Christ that's absolutely horrible. It just seems lately it's more and more *** added to do at the places I've been. I'll keep you posted, I'm definitely going to look elsewhere outside the hospital. I have close to three years as an RN with experience in telemetry, post anesthesia and ICU in a pretty sick area. I hope to find an area I'll like eventually.
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    Is it like this everywhere now?

    That's some MAJOR ***. This hospital isn't unionized so it bugs the hell out of me they could fire me for any reason. That's horrible what happened to you!
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    Is it like this everywhere now?

    I'm still within my 90 day probation at this facility and was nervous when giving my explanation. I got asked so many things that could be found in the EMR. I made a post recently about how I've been feeling about the profession as of late and even thought of a career change.
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    Is it like this everywhere now?

    It seems like it, the other day I got called in for a complaint from a surgeon who was mad I gave one of his surgical patients a medication that was ordered by a hospitalist. I had to explain myself why I was not out of line for giving 0.25 of Xanax to a pt for having clear anxiety.
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    Feeling like I'm not making a difference

    I've been an RN for about three years now and worked as an aide prior to that for a year during nursing school in the surgery department at a local county hospital. After passing the boards I was hired directly onto the PACU floor at my workplace and would float to the preop area occasionally when needed. I worked here for about 9 months because I felt I was not learning much as far as the disease process and most patients were stable after surgery and any complications that occurred the more experienced nurses would jump in and didn't get much experience there either. I liked the job for the most part but felt I needed more exposure to sicker patients to really 'learn'. I left that job for a float position at a nearby hospital and eventually cross trained in the ICUs. I would float to every tele, ICU and do ICU/Tele holds in the ER as well. Eventually took a permanent position in the Surgical ICU and learned a ton! It was very interesting work but slowly I just felt nothing I do really makes a difference in people's lives .. Recently I took a job on tele floor at a hospital 5 minutes from my house and love having extra time to sleep and come home before it's dark. I left my previous ICU job because of the hostile work environment and management that seemed to micromanaged everything you could think of. My current manager said if I ever want to leave to the ICU at my current place I'd be welcome to do so after 6 months if any positions open, but I'm not so sure I want to do that anymore either. Each day seems like it's the same problems with patients; chronic conditions that aren't taken care of properly, drug seekers, people with multi organ failure from poor choices etc and family members that treat you as a servant, the endless charting that seems to have more and more 'assessments' added each month and management that puts staff last on a priority list for anything but blames then for any mishap. I don't feel like I'm making a difference at all in anyone's life, basically feel like a glorified waiter that helps prolong death. I'm sure this isn't the only thread like this here and feel like I need to vent a bit. I try to enjoy my time off but often think if I did everything correctly at work or missed charting something and get a dreaded call into the management office. I'm thinking maybe a change of specialty but I don't know where I could go with my experience and have only been at my current hospital since March so trying to leave so soon would look bad. I've even thought about changing careers altogether but it would be difficult with a wife and child now in my life and the need to help provide. Has anyone else felt like this? Any tips on things I can work on to maybe ease the stress? Any specialties that truly feel rewarding? I feel like I'm in a hole and can't get out.
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    Renal Telemetry Unit Interview

    I have an interview for a renal Telemetry Unit at a hospital nearby and was wondering if anyone could help with potential clinical type questions/scenarios I may be asked during the interview. Any help is much appreciated.
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    Do Nurses Earn Big Money? You Decide.

    I do pretty well for myself, but sometimes I wonder if the salary is worth the stress. I work in a unit that has a pretty sick population and is EXTREMELY micromanaged, it is notorious for having a high turnover rate. The whole hospital pays the same rate for all floors and been looking into going into a less stressful area. Recently the union renegotiated our contracts and currently making 107K yearly with benefits with 2.5 years experience.
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    2018 Nurse Salary

    2 Years experience BSN, PCCN Surgical ICU 55.76 hourly working days California

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