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What are the major issues you have struggled with as a nurse?

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Nurse Mentor Nancy has 42 years experience and specializes in Adult assessment,geriatrics,management.

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What are the major issues you have struggled with as a nurse?

 

Mine:

Unrealistic demands from patients and families

Doctors and nurses who treat you poorly

Unsupportive nursing management and facility administration

Not enough time and staff to provide the best nursing care

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sharpeimom has 20 years experience and specializes in ortho, hospice volunteer, psych,.

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i worked almost exclusively psych.

1. families thinking i looked "too young to have learned enough to really help."

2. families (and sometimes the pt.) expecting a quick fix that would last forever.

3. families who took the attitude that the entire "problem" was the pt. and saw

absolutely no reason why they should be in therapy to help resolve some issues.

4. lack of community program funding or inadequate funding for exsisting programs.

5. the very very real stigma attached to any type of mental illness. mental illnesses

are every bit as real as diabetes or heart disease.

off my soapbox! great topic!!

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SweettartRN has 1 years experience.

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Ethical issues related to unethical employers and co-workers.

This is the most major issue that I have found.

Medicine is a fickle field.

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AgentBeast has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Cardiology and ER Nursing.

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It's hard being a 6'2" man working in an area and with equipment designed with 5'4" women in mind.

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Flo. has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Developmental Disabilites,.

571 Posts; 8,178 Profile Views

For profit hospitals

unrealistic staffing

unrealistic expectations

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ShifraPuah specializes in L&D, Family Practice, HHA, IM.

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For profit hospitals

unrealistic staffing

unrealistic expectations

I believe this can apply to any place that employs RNs.

For me, it is management and higher-ups that fail to understand that nursing doesn't fit into a tidy 36- or 40-hour workweek.

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NamasteNurse has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatrics, Geriatrics, LTC.

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Administration ignoring 'real life' on the floors

gossip, backstabbing, unprofessional-ism on the part of co-workers

too much work/ too little time

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imintrouble has 16 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in LTC Rehab Med/Surg.

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End of life care.

I'm appalled at what people do to family in the name of love.

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Elvish is a BSN, DNP, RN, NP and specializes in Community, OB, Nursery.

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Screwed up sleep from working nights

Taking care of people whose life choices I really really disagree with

Decisions about how I do my job made by people who haven't done it in decades, if ever

Not being listened to when I have a crumping patient

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llg has 42 years experience as a PhD, RN and specializes in Nursing Professional Development.

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Nurses not supporting each other.

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NurseLoveJoy88 has 6 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC.

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-Delegation, especially to some of the lazy CNA's I work with. I rather just do it myself

-Confidence

-Nurses not standing together.

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