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Envy of nurses??? was posted 03/05/2002 01:18 am by Anonymous
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Please do not envy nurses because of the great number of advertized positions you see. A good number of those positions are open because of the conditions that these nurses are expected to work under. I am an oncology nurse in a large teaching hospital. I love my work....if I could do my work, without all the hospital politics. We work on a 30 bed unit, and should be classified as an intensive care unit.....however, administration does not see it that way. We are expected to care for up to 9 patients on a shift...most of these patients are critically ill...septic...BMT patients....and most have complicated medical histories.....we work straight through a shift without a bathroom break, a lunch break....you get the idea. In the middle of the shift, if another unit is shorthanded, we are expected to float to that unit on a rotating basis, leaving our patients to be divided up among the remaining nurses on the unit. We are criticized if we have too much overtime....any excessive absences (over 5 a year) for any and all absences totaled.....illness, death in family....all absences. There is little praise for a job well done.....the doctors can be a nightmare to deal with....they too are overworked, but some are just plain rude and egotistical (my opinion again). So please, do not envy the nurses.....things are not always as they seem (advertized).

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