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What I Hate About Nursing In 2021

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Specializes in ER. Has 28 years experience.

RN1987

Has 34 years experience.

What do I hate about nursing? Easy one word answer....EVERYTHING. 

Not enough staff 

The same unit is the one that is always short 

Hydration stations can kiss my butt , my covered drink is right in front of me 

Being floated to watch psych patients that want to do harm to you 

Having to beg for a lunch break especially when floated . ( I am diabetic on insulin and wear a Dexcom 6 glucose monitor) I do carry a snack in my pocket 

Mom that don't take care of themselves and their newborn baby pays the price for that . 

Cafeteria is closed on weekends 

And closes at 1330 everyday, so pack your lunch 

I haven't taken a vacation in 6 years but took one this year to be called on my first and last day of said vacation to see if I wanted to come in and play (work) 

I am always on when Joint Commission comes I just might have to tape my mouth shut, they were nowhere to be found when we were reusing PPE and carried our little brown paper sack with our nasty masks in them 

I am OK with masks I jus twant to be safe 

Staffing oh wait I already said that 

 

 

Marketing a “safety promise” on billboards throughout Covid to compete with other companies. Knowing that this promise was not being enforced in the clinics. 

SunDazed, BSN, RN

Has 16 years experience.

On 7/20/2021 at 11:27 AM, LookUp2Sky said:

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!

Have you looked into hospice nursing? There are predictions that business is growing like crazy in the next 10 years and they tend to discriminate less against age as long as you can carry your load as a case manager or be flexible as a visit or float nurse. 

 

SunDazed, BSN, RN

Has 16 years experience.

Just now, SunDazed said:

Have you looked into hospice nursing? There are predictions that business is growing like crazy in the next 10 years and they tend to discriminate less against age as long as you can carry your load as a case manager or be flexible as a visit or float nurse. 

 

And if you have tried hospice and are not hearing back.... often the offices are so impacted by people still out due to issues related to the pandemic - ie no child care, kids out of school, etc. - that response times are not quick. I would keep trying. One time when I was trying to get a job that seemed to be taking months... the HR person who was in charge of my file had decided when I was likely to move and so had put me on the back burner. She assumed I was going to wait for a partner and kids to find jobs, schools, etc. before I could relocate. What the what? I am single and childless....

Another time the recruiter in charge of my hiring was out sick for weeks, and literally no one else knew what she was working on nor could they pick it up and run with it... I had to wait for her to return to work to make the offer I had been told by mangers she had been authorized to make.

Finally, the current hospital chain I work for does not have any on site HR anymore - not really. There are virtual recruiters who cover types of units... and ICU recruiter, an ED recruiter, etc. for multiple hospitals in the region. Some of them suck and don't get back to you... and sometimes one thing on your digital application sends your application in another direction... I had to have a manager call the regional hiring director to have them sort out why a ready and willing and qualified applicant was not being flagged for interviews... the digital application system is flawed beyond measure!

 

vintagegal, BSN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics. Has 2 years experience.

Billions spent on people who have nothing wrong with them.

No care for those who need it.

”what brings you here today to Anywhere USA Emergency Room?”

”my toe, I think it hurts, I know it has to be cancer” 

“well ma’am your insurance went through, let’s run an MRI to be sure “

On 7/17/2021 at 9:22 PM, Emergent said:

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

Online education is largely worthless. They even went to online CPR certifications. Too cheap to pay  a medic a few bucks to run a class.

OUxPhys, BSN, RN

Specializes in Cardiology. Has 6 years experience.

I hate the mask thing too but at this point most people wear the mask while in a pt room or walking the hallways. If at a computer most pull the mask down. Everything else is pretty much spot on. 

kbrn2002, ADN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Dialysis. Has 19 years experience.

1 hour ago, OUxPhys said:

I hate the mask thing too but at this point most people wear the mask while in a pt room or walking the hallways. If at a computer most pull the mask down. Everything else is pretty much spot on. 

Same. I work in a dialysis clinic. The mask goes on when the doors open for patients in the morning but it's pulled down pretty much anytime direct patient care isn't being done. Honestly at the end of the day when it's down to one or two patients patients sometimes I see PCT's who "forget" to put it back up. I don't bother saying anything about that anymore as all patients and staff have been fully vaccinated and the dialysis chairs are more than 6 feet apart

SunDazed, BSN, RN

Has 16 years experience.

7 hours ago, floydnightingale said:

Online education is largely worthless. They even went to online CPR certifications. Too cheap to pay  a medic a few bucks to run a class.

We are doing the online BLS and ACLS - it is from the AHA and Laerdal and it is a joke! 

 

SmilingBluEyes

Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis. Has 24 years experience.

5 hours ago, kbrn2002 said:

Same. I work in a dialysis clinic. The mask goes on when the doors open for patients in the morning but it's pulled down pretty much anytime direct patient care isn't being done. Honestly at the end of the day when it's down to one or two patients patients sometimes I see PCT's who "forget" to put it back up. I don't bother saying anything about that anymore as all patients and staff have been fully vaccinated and the dialysis chairs are more than 6 feet apart

Not in our clinics. PPE gowns and masks are worn the whole time we are there. Shields on when assessing/directly caring for the patients.  Makes for a long 12 hour day. We have been told the masks are permanent. *sigh* Sucks.

Robmoo, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in BSN, RN, CVRN-BC. Has 25 years experience.

I love that I have data from previous visits and sometimes even other hospitals at my finger tips.  However, I did not entering nursing to become a data entry specialist.  All of this mind numbing data entry to make the people in quality's jobs easier is a bit much. For example, why do I have to enter "providing a quiet environment" in the chart 4 times?  If I enter it once it should pop up in each issue in which it applies?