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What I Hate About Nursing In 2021

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Specializes in ER. Has 28 years experience.

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  1. Masks
  2. Hyper regulatory nonsense 
  3. Useless, blanket, time consuming screenings. The list grows longer every year 
  4. Mind numbing charting 
  5. Increasingly entitled public 
  6. Disjointed healthcare system 
  7. Moral distress to me, caused by things such as Covid limitations of visitors policies, ridiculous extension of natural life, pouring precious common resources towards people who make zero effort to take care of themselves. 
  8. Disregard of safety and sanity of frontline healthcare workers 
  9. Billions diverted to corporate salaries
  10. Masks

Ioreth, ADN, RN

Specializes in Ortho-Neuro. Has 2 years experience.

Unsafe staffing levels

Lack of experienced nurses

Exhausted PAs/NPs/Physicians that don't hear what we are telling them

No/minimal vacation due to lack of staff

Most CNAs pulled from floor to sit

morelostthanfound, BSN

Specializes in CVOR/General Surgery. Has 29 years experience.

Agree 110%.   Sadly however, in the absence of Universal Healthcare, the commoditization and profiteering by corporate interests will continue unabated and likely result in more of the same.  There's little question that the US healthcare system is desperately broken and it pains me to say that I'm that I'm not hopeful that it will change for the better anytime soon!

 

NightNerd, MSN, RN

Specializes in CMSRN, tele, palliative, psych. Has 7 years experience.

Lack of provision for real meal and hydration breaks, normalization of being so busy there's no time to use the bathroom

Calls at least once a week asking you to come in extra

Constantly running out of needed supplies

Getting assigned more and more online modules and extra training sessions that are mandatory and must be done in an unrealistically short timeframe

Tossing new grads off orientation and into charge too early

Emergent, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 28 years experience.

On 7/17/2021 at 9:20 PM, NightNerd said:

Getting assigned more and more online modules and extra training sessions that are mandatory and must be done in an unrealistically short timeframe

OMG, that extra, mostly meaningless online education is killing me.

Ioreth, ADN, RN

Specializes in Ortho-Neuro. Has 2 years experience.

25 minutes ago, NightNerd said:

Calls at least once a week asking you to come in extra

Only once a week? I get them every day, promptly at 430 AM.

4 hours ago, Ioreth said:

I get them every day, promptly at 430 AM.

I hope these are not waking you. Do Not Disturb. Select the people you want to be able to ring through.

NightNerd, MSN, RN

Specializes in CMSRN, tele, palliative, psych. Has 7 years experience.

6 hours ago, Ioreth said:

Only once a week? I get them every day, promptly at 430 AM.

Oh geez, that's ridiculous! It can definitely be more often for me, but I think after the first dozen, "No thanks!" from me, my manager decided to stop wasting her time. 😂 I'm definitely not an overtime junkie.

EDNURSE20, BSN

Specializes in ED, med-surg, peri op. Has 4 years experience.

7 hours ago, Ioreth said:

Only once a week? I get them every day, promptly at 430 AM.

Once a day? Try dozen of times every single day. And if your already on shift they are constantly in your face to stay late. 

TriciaJ, RN

Specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory. Has 40 years experience.

Nursing had been defunded for quite some time and admin is still challenging themselves to see how low they can go.

GrumpyRN, NP

Specializes in Emergency Department. Has 39 years experience.

12 hours ago, Emergent said:

1) Masks

2) Hyper regulatory nonsense 

3) Useless, blanket, time consuming screenings. The list grows longer every year 

4) Mind numbing charting 

5) Increasingly entitled public 

6) Disjointed healthcare system 

7) Moral distress to me, caused by things such as Covid limitations of visitors policies, ridiculous extension of natural life, pouring precious common resources towards people who make zero effort to take care of themselves. 

8‐ Disregard of safety and sanity of frontline healthcare workers 

9- Billions diverted to corporate salaries

10- Masks

 

Agree with you 70%. 

Number 9 not a problem in the UK.

1 and 10, disagree with you completely on that, but we already know we are on opposite sides of the argument on this so not making a big thing of it here.

 

nursej22, MSN, RN

Specializes in Public Health, TB. Has 36 years experience.

I understand the effectiveness of masks, and do wear them, but I still hate them!

And I hate that they are still necessary. 

On a personal note, I hate that the first question when seeking health care is "what is your insurance?" I hate that the whole focus is reimbursement, to the point that I suspect tests are ordered just to boost revenue. 

kbrn2002, ADN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Dialysis. Has 19 years experience.

All of it you mentioned. For me the most glaring problem is the multi-million dollar salaries of the top brass. It made huge news when some volunteered to give up their raises or even donate back some or in a couple of cases all of their salary. So Frenching what! Not like giving up a little of their already many millions is a horrible hardship that'll put them on the welfare rolls.  Did the front line workers reap any benefit from this whatsoever? Umm, that would be a big fat no.

JBMmom, MSN

Specializes in Long term care; med-surg; critical care. Has 9 years experience.

Hypocrisy- the organization putting on a great face for the local news during the pandemic about honoring the "heroes" that worked there. But behind the scenes, not helping with staffing, not ensuring enough PPE, giving themselves the big bonuses while employees get nothing.

The latest, for nurses week, they "invited" food trucks so we could pay for our own meals. Now they're inviting them once a week as a treat for staff. Last week was a lobster/seafood truck with the cheapest item being $9. Who's got the time and money for that?! (I work nights so I wasn't even there but I would have loved to see the line of people- probably very few scrubs out there)

Useless charting, education and the endless short staffing. Don't think 2022 is going to shape up any better.....

GrumpyRN, NP

Specializes in Emergency Department. Has 39 years experience.

On 7/17/2021 at 7:55 PM, Emergent said:

1) Masks

2) Hyper regulatory nonsense 

3) Useless, blanket, time consuming screenings. The list grows longer every year 

4) Mind numbing charting 

5) Increasingly entitled public 

6) Disjointed healthcare system 

7) Moral distress to me, caused by things such as Covid limitations of visitors policies, ridiculous extension of natural life, pouring precious common resources towards people who make zero effort to take care of themselves. 

8‐ Disregard of safety and sanity of frontline healthcare workers 

9- Billions diverted to corporate salaries

10- Masks

On 7/18/2021 at 8:44 AM, GrumpyRN said:

Agree with you 70%. 

Number 9 not a problem in the UK.

1 and 10, disagree with you completely on that, but we already know we are on opposite sides of the argument on this so not making a big thing of it here.

 

Hi Emergent, I am going to backtrack a bit and give you my apologies. I read your list wrongly. I too agree that I hate masks and want to get rid of them and back to some kind of normal. I just want mask use to be discontinued slowly and safely. Having to deal with so many anti-maskers IRL and online I get a bit triggered.

So, again my apologies, I now agree with your post 90% and you are entitled to give me one swift kick in the backside if you ever meet me. 😜😷

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 15years medical. Has 42 years experience.

With all the empathy that I can muster, my heart goes out to all of you practicing Nurses. I sense the seemingly endless frustration that is experienced and pray for a reprieve.

I thank God, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Fates, and the Forces That Be that I got fired and retired just as the proverbial feces hit the fan.

To Emergent- I respect and admire you for shouting from the mountain tops and the backsides of billboards.

Keep on keeping on!

Raven Sierra, BSN, RN

Specializes in Trauma, Emergency Department, Critical Care. Has 4 years experience.

Ditto to all of the above, and adding:

- Joint Commission. Y'all went AWOL during the majority of COVID - and now you wanna roll up here and start throwing your weight around again. You are NOT essential. Begone.

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in school nurse. Has 29 years experience.

9 minutes ago, Raven Sierra said:

Ditto to all of the above, and adding:

- Joint Commission. Y'all went AWOL during the majority of COVID - and now you wanna roll up here and start throwing your weight around again. You are NOT essential. Begone.

If this would fit on a t-shirt, I'd have one made!