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What I Hate About Nursing In 2021

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Specializes in ER. Has 28 years experience.

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, NP

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!

NightNerd, MSN, RN

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

51 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.

YAAASSSSS!

summertx

Has 6 years experience.

the stress when there's a covid outbreak, and making the nurse feel like the criminal, going on 'lock down'. For one admission we have probably 15 'assessment's to do. Who reads them? Some of them are not even filled out, just signed

LookUp2Sky, ASN, RN

Specializes in Hospice, Oncology. Has 8 years experience.

This is exactly how I feel.  I’m 64 years old & again looking for a new job, after working PRN for 2 years while caring for my mom in my home!  I have 10-15 “electronic” resumes & applications out there!  I’m baffled why no responses…nursing shortage, understaffed but overlooking a senior nurse with 15 years experience?  Well, I googled myself…my age is ALL over the internet!  Age discrimination?  OK, I’ll travel nurse for a while….Nooo, I live in Ohio, a non compact licensed State, until 2023?  OK, so now I’m being discriminated against, can’t find a job in Ohio, and can’t travel to another state to work, unless I pick up & move?  I’m soooo tired!  I just renewed my license, my CPR is due, had to pay for CEU’s.  Unbelievable!

LookUp2Sky, ASN, RN

Specializes in Hospice, Oncology. Has 8 years experience.

Now that I’m re-reading my previous post, I’m thinking….I should just give up & file for my social security (I’m single).  There will be no pension since the majority of Ohio nurses are non-union.  Oh yeah, there will be NO medical coverage either!  I won’t qualify for any public assistance since I’ve been working!  Even if I found a new nursing job, I’d have to wait 30, 60, 90 days for medical coverage while I take care of SICK patients!  

kidblinks, RN

Specializes in Inpatient Rehab. Has 1 years experience.

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

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

I graduated last year and during "orientation" I was given full patient loads and a 2-3 weeks before coming off orientation I was started as charge nurse.  I was treated like an orientee when it suited them and treated like normal staff when it didn't.  

18millionminutesago

Specializes in Rehab/ med surg geriatric. Has 14 years experience.

On 7/17/2021 at 8:48 PM, Ioreth said:

Unsafe staffing levels

Lack of experienced nurses

 

Your (un)experienced nurses happen to be the solution to unsafe staffing levels!  Nurses have eaten their young for too long. Frankly, I get tired of being told I should pursue a career in education just for being nice to them. 
That’s not what bothers me about nursing though. I get tired of regulatory implementation by people who either haven’t worked the floor in decades (best-case scenario); or whom never have. I once told a colleague to prioritize when they said they had difficulty accomplishing two tasks; my boss chimed in and said that both tasks should be successfully accomplished. 

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