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  1. rachelak1234

    Does the exhaustion go away?

    Why don't you get a car?
  2. rachelak1234

    Oh, my aching feet!!!!

    It's called abuse - physical abuse. Can't you all GET this fact?? It doesn't matter what shoes/inserts you wear. NO ONE is meant to be on their feet that long!! Jesus!! WAKE UP!!
  3. rachelak1234

    What do you hate about nursing and why?

    I want to add a couple more reasons to my earlier post as to why I hate nursing and got out: * CEOs of hospitals lobby (bribe) Congress to keep patient/nursing ratios absurdly high. Congress members accept the bribes and staffing levels are kept so low that it is impossible to provide good - let alone barely adequate - care. Yet, most nurses don't realize this is the case so they bicker amongst themselves, complain that the shift before them did not do their work, etc. It is ALWAYS the owners of a hospital/nursing home that are responsible for this. * Nurses are expected to make extremely important decisions (sometimes life and death decisions), after being on their feet for 12 hours, often barely having time to eat during the shift, or having enough sleep the night before. * Nursing has a long history of being considered a subordinate position. In fact, even as recent as the 1960s, in some hospitals, nurses were made to stand up when a doctor entered the room. * It has only been recent that nurses don't have to wear those silly hats and starched, white uniforms. Scrubs are better, but why are nurses the only ones who must wear a uniform? If nurses are supposed to be professionals, why do they have to wear a uniform? What other professionals wear uniforms? * The nursing State Boards are a bunch of Nazis. Their objective is supposed to protect the public, yes. But, their tactics in dealing with nurses who make mistakes or are accused of doing something wrong, are horrid. You are guilty until proven innocent and you better darn well be able to afford an attorney, otherwise, they will do everything they can to ruin your career. Did you know that nursing is the ONLY licensed profession whereby someone can complain to the State board about something you did OUTSIDE OF WORK? And, the board WILL investigate it. You can have your license taken away for something like simply being seen in a bar drinking. No other licensed profession has to deal with this. * The hierchical system in nursing is often absurd and arbitrary. In one state you are allowed to perform a procedure; in another state you are not. An LPN, for instance, can be trained to do almost everything an RN does. It is NOT rocket science. But try to get that across to people and they just don't get it. I know by law these sorts of things are not allowed. But it is ridiculous! Everyone is kept in their little box.
  4. rachelak1234

    What do you hate about nursing and why?

    Why don't you change careers??
  5. rachelak1234

    What do you hate about nursing and why?

    Writer/Editor
  6. The problem is, they ask on an application if you've ever been treated for a mental illness. When doing a drug test, they also ask what medications you are currently taking and why. It is unfortunate that employers are now allowed access to our most private information. It is sickening, actually. There have been countless cases whereby people have not been hired because they have been forced to divulge this information. Not everyone is understanding about mental illness and if an employer can hire someone who does not have a mental illness, they will hire this person over one who does. Discrimination? Yes, of course. But try and prove it.
  7. rachelak1234

    What do you hate about nursing and why?

    The following reasons I hate nursing (I quit because of them) - and it was always and only while hired to do direct patient care. * Absurdly long shifts while constantly on your feet.Barely time to go to the bathroom or eat. * Because of the long shifts, you are sleep-deprived and it is extremely difficult to find the time to take care of yourself (exercise, eat healthy, etc. Plus, you don't have a normal family/social life. * The shocking amount of cruelty, hostility, bullying, etc., between nurses and management. * Being treated like a child - must get a "note" from a doctor if you are sick; cannot participate in making any decisions to improve the workplace; nurses "take orders", punishing attitude for making mistakes, etc. * You are placed in a box in your job and to veer outside of that box with new ideas, creativity, etc is forbidden. * Many families, managers, CEOs, patients, State Boards, physicians, treat nurses horribly - like they are expendable subordinates. They are not respected. * You constantly hear that the nurse is a "professional". Yet, they are treated just the opposite. Nursing at the BSN level is a blue collar job no matter what anyone says. If you have to wipe a butt, clean up vomit or any of these kinds of disgusting things, you are NOT a professional.
  8. rachelak1234

    Old and Ready to Give Up

    You sound like you have really low self-esteem and let people walk all over you. Almost like you want to be invisible. What's up with that??
  9. rachelak1234

    Nurse Sick and FIRED: Exploring Nursing Absenteeism

    I second this!
  10. rachelak1234

    Nurse Sick and FIRED: Exploring Nursing Absenteeism

    Nothing unusual about this. Nurses are almost always treated like they are expendable. They are also treated like children - having to bring a note from the doctor to prove she was sick! How stupid! She is a PhD for God sake! Even if she wasn't, these facilities will use nurses then throw them out like they are pieces of trash.
  11. rachelak1234

    WHY do so many people hate nursing? Sigh.

    You are right - I think that the majority of nurses hate patient care for the following reasons: 1. It is still looked upon by the public and management as a subservient job. No matter how many times the nursing organizations say that nurses are "professionals", they are not treated like professionals. They are treated like paid slaves. They are blue-collar workers no matter what they call themselves. They rarely have any say in making changes/improvements in their places of work and direct care nurses simply have no power. Additionally, they see themselves as being at the bottom of the hierarchy (because they are) and therefore, the only other people they can take their frustrations and anger out on are other nurses. Hence, the incredible bullying and hostility that is prevalent in the profession. Nurses overall have a low self-esteem and it is no wonder. They are treated horribly by management, the State Boards (Gestapo), many patients, many patient families, some physicians, other nurses, etc. People think: Why be a nurse when you can be a doctor? 2. Floor nurses are often on their feet for 12 hours with barely time to eat or go to the bathroom. It is exhausting and nurses usually burn out after 5 years. They are given too many patients to care for (especially in nursing homes), rarely get enough sleep and often function at a deficit. Yet, they are expected to make life or death decisions with a smile on their face. The ridiculous amount of work is impossible to complete on time so either you leave without completing it, knowing you did a crappy job, or you try to finish it and get yelled at like a child for staying overtime. 4. Nursing home corporations lobby Congress (and win) to keep staffing levels in their facilities woefully inadequate. The staff who are in the trenches don't realize that this is what is taking place so instead of fighting the corporation they work for, they attack each other like packs of hyenas due to being overworked, overstressed, unappreciated, unsupported, and generally treated like a 'body.' 5. The majority of nurses are women. Most men would not tolerate being treated with such disdain. There are more reasons as to why nurses who provide direct patient care are so unhappy. Certainly too many to list in this format.
  12. rachelak1234

    Help!! New nurse that hates Med/Surg!

    For some people it might take a year to know for sure if they hate something. For others (myself included) I know within a few days/weeks. I also have a couple different careers. For example, in nursing, I knew the first DAY that I HATED working in nursing homes - the smell, the institutional-like environment, depressing atmosphere, staff who clearly don't want to be there, etc. Give me ONE HOUR with certain jobs and I could tell you which ones I despised. In fact, some of them I wouldn't even need to try them; for instance, I would hate cleaning outhouses, teaching adolescents in a public school, working with Hospice patients, working in a factory doing repetitive, mind-numbing work, and so on and so forth. This is simply because I know who I am and what I prefer.
  13. rachelak1234

    Help!! New nurse that hates Med/Surg!

    No, it's not the exception. I, too have had multiple jobs and have never had any problems getting the jobs I want. It's just not a big deal anymore - especially given it is in the same hospital.
  14. rachelak1234

    Help!! New nurse that hates Med/Surg!

    99.9% of nurses hate med/surg. That's what happens when you're treated like a slave. NEVER stay in a job you hate. Take some courses in medical aesthetics. Add those to your resume.
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