Original Message (Pre-Screened)
nursing a dying career
add to Watch List
It may be the fact that there are so many other rewarding careers out there for women.
It also may be that older BURNED OUT nurses are filling them in on the fact that it's a thank-less job, we're not paid what we're worth, we do the job of maid, psychiatrist, wait staff, etc; (you can count on someone every morning asking for a cup of coffee-does it say Howard Johnson's on the sign?)Respiratory therapists are supposed to stay with the patient while they're receiving a treatment, but they expect us to watch the patient. A lot of hospitals have done away with nurses' aides, so the nurse does EVERYTHING. If someone wants fresh drinking water, we're expected to drop everything and fetch it. Patients think they're the only one we have to take care of.
Patients are mad at the doctor or insurance company, we get reamed out.
Family members want us to take their BPs for them. Hey, I've got 8 other patients to take care of.
Management, doctors, patients, families, etc; don't appreciate you.
The first place the hospital budget is cut is nursing. Which increases the nurse/patient ratio. It's dangerous.
I heard an administrator say, 'Nurses are a dime a dozen'. I wanted to say, 'Here's a dime, hire 12 more to help us!!!!'
I also suffered from PTSD because of the stress of working in a hospital.
When I was able to quit being a nurse, a long time symptom of stress went away.
Young women have also realized that nursing is NOT a glamorous career, and there's no guarantee you'll end up with a hot doctor.
I hope this answers your question. I could go on for HOURS about this.
I'm not burned out---I'm cremated!
, Springtown, TX, United States , 53 , Female , Pagan , White/Caucasian , EX nurse
You Asked That!"
Buy the book on Y?
Create Free Account
This Week's Column
How To Use Y?
Y? for Research/School
This site and all its content
©Copyright Phillip J. Milano 1997 and beyond
and User Agreement