Ever have one of those days.........

  1. Guess maybe seems like one of those weeks........ a day from hell, then a nice day, then another day from hell because of peoples attitudes? I feel like I have no emotions at all today.......totally drained.. Can't even think straight......and it gets even better.....it's gonna rain for my next three days off......just like last time. Sighs.........oh well........just venting I guess.......sorry all.
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   neonnurse2
    I know what you mean Rick. Last week I was a "hero" and this week I had some idiot doctor yelling at me on the phone, right when I came on shift....My solution is to look for a job ouside of the hospital. Its to emotionally draining for me and I get no satifaction in my work what so ever. So today even though its gonna be 107 degree, I'm taking a brainless roadtrip to Stumps Springs just for the heckofit. It kinda gives you a new perspective of life outside of the hospital.
  4. by   EndoRN
    Originally posted by neonnurse2:
    <STRONG>I know what you mean Rick. Last week I was a "hero" and this week I had some idiot doctor yelling at me on the phone, right when I came on shift....My solution is to look for a job ouside of the hospital. Its to emotionally draining for me and I get no satifaction in my work what so ever. So today even though its gonna be 107 degree, I'm taking a brainless roadtrip to Stumps Springs just for the heckofit. It kinda gives you a new perspective of life outside of the hospital.</STRONG>
    NeonNurse2,
    Ohhhh, this is a subject that gets me so fired up! I am so disillusioned w/nursing right now! I love working med/surg but totally got out of it about two years ago. (I've been a nurse only ten years.)
    Primary nursing seems to have been totally phased out and everything now is "team nursing" which at the hospitals I've worked at just seems to be a way to cut staff! Your assignment consists of about 11 pts. and you and a tech!
    I was dreading going to work every day! I felt like the world's worst nurse! You were lucky to get meds given on time, forget about any pt. teaching, forget about any one on one with fresh surgicals! And the messes left behind by the day nurses!! (I worked 3-11). And I don't even blame them, they were in the same boat!
    So I just got out. Sometimes I really miss the floor, though. I miss the hustle and bustle and the acuity. But I just couldn't handle the way we were being forced to work. I love to be busy! It's not that, it's just the way it made me feel about myself. I just can't do stuff half-assed.
    So! Now I work in an outpatient surgery center. It's so heavenly! It's busy, but in a good, safe way! There lots of staff. It's a great work environment because pretty much everyone's happy with their jobs. There are no weekends, no holidays, no call, no evenings! The pay is much better than the hospital too.
    I would advise anyone who is not happy with their jobs to move on! There are so many opportunities out their for nurses. Especially if you've got a couple years experience under your belt.
    I know I've really gotten off the subject of good days and bad days here! It's just that this is a subject that really bothers me! I can't see anyone working where they are unhappy when there is so much out there you can do.
    So....if you're finding that you are having more and more of those "bad days" instead of good days.....

    Thanks for listening, guys!!
    Be happy!!
  5. by   Q.
    I get those days alot Rick. And my emotions can change within the same day. Sometimes I feel anxious for no apparent reason - and sometimes it seems like I MAY know what would make me feel better, yet, I can't get to it or name it. It can be so frustrating, and then finally, exhausting.

    I often give this advice, yet it's difficult for me to follow it myself. But you have one life, and things can change in an instant. I think it's important to live for yourself, do what makes you happy. You have to follow your heart sometimes, and not just your head. I think the most difficult thing is NAMING what it is you are missing or needing. Once you name it, you can claim it. I think your sadness/anxiety/stress in your life comes from the fact that something may be missing in your life - and you are not quite sure what it is. I also could be way off, and could just be projecting my own emotions onto you.

    Either way Rick - you know that I am your friend first and foremost and always will be.
  6. by   chrn
    Rick;
    Hope you're feeling better by now. How discouraging about your work. I know the feeling..having one day where you come home and think " I will do ANYTHING to not have to keep going to this job" . Then you have a good day or two and think "I'm good at this, I'm valuable, I'm tough...". Only thing I can suggest is keep a running total of good vs bad days. Determine ahead of time what the lowest ratio will be before you do something else. If it starts getting close, start looking. Take some classes -so you can tell yourself that you have "other options". Hope you have a good week-end. It's raining here too!
  7. by   fiestynurse
    Sounds like you are in need of some R&R. Do something nice for yourself Rick! Hope you get a little sunshine! I really enjoy all your posts and comments, this is the first time I have heard you this down. Let us know how you are doing!
  8. by   hoolahan
    I know the feeling Rick! I am a HH supervisor now, and it feels the best when I make visits myself.

    Two weeks ago I left someone a voice mail that someone deemed "offensive", I can't think of one offensive thing I said, but, I was told, it wasn't my concern anyway, they can manage that during the weekdays. Well, excuse me for trying to make anything a little easier for the weekday supervisor who is abused by one and all. So, even though I feel I have a lot to offer, I am forced to not think outside of my little weekend box. Whatever, if they want to pay me FT pay for this PT every weekend job to stay inside my little box, fine. I have just decided to keep scheduling myself for visits with pt's, I try to open one new case each weekend day, at least the pt's appeciate what I have to offer. It's a sad thing to realize I busted my butt to get my BSN so I could have "opportunities" like this. BUT, on the other hand, after a shift with the agency working in an ICU somewhere, I come in grateful, more than you can imagine, to have my little thankless supervisor job. I keep trying to remember those days when I am having a bad day like this weekend. The last 2 weekends I was able to give the on-call person off by opening up a case, and they are remembering me this week, and volunteering to help when needed. The nursing staff is so great, I would much rather go back to staff, but can't afford the pay cut! Oh well, back to the grind for another weekend.

    I do agree maybe you need to do something fun. It's always a great time to see a movie when it rains. I went and saw the Mummy II this week, it was GREAT!!
  9. by   prmenrs
    Well...I've had lots of them. What can you do to refuel? How about going to a library, or an art museum? Any kind of museum, really. Maybe there's a car museum in Cleveland. Exercise? You and the weight machines @ the gym. Call a friend, meet for lunch, then go to a funny movie. Buy a blooper video? Putter around the house? Is there a child in your life you can play with, even if it's raining? Or a pet?

    I hope you find something fun to do that will realign your soul. And your heart--you've got lots of that! And refresh your brain, so you can think about why you're there and what you like about it. Remember what makes you smile at work. What's NOT making you smile right now? Is it going to change? Do you have any control over it? Or only control about how you deal with it? But don't think about work too long, concentrate on nuturing yourself. Then you'll have the energy to go back. {{{{Rick}}}}
  10. by   Zee_RN
    I know 'zactly' how you feel, Rick. Just had one of those days myself. I actually stated out loud at the nurses' station..."No self-respecting person could be doing this for a living!" Had 2 ICU patients (should be a good day, only 2). I knew ALL day (12-hr shift) that one needed a new trach put in because he was leaking all around his (MD said he'd be in at noon). Other patient was supposed to get a swan-ganz put in (this was decided about 9AM). Lots of running around with these 2 patients....then the ENT didn't come in to change trachs until 6PM and of course left the building and it went bad and pt. got worse with new trach. Put call out to him; it's now 7PM and the cardiologist comes in and says "Let's put that Swan in NOW!" just as I sat down to give report to my relief!!! And then the ENT showed up to re-replace the trach! AAACCCKKK...I coulda just quit. Next day was better tho.
  11. by   CEN35
    Thanks all.........had a few days off, NO SUN and was coming around. I really like my job.........I don't have many down days...but it's one of those things....until I go back and make through a whole shift without some major, employee/Doc situation.....it sits with me. So back to work today.....and hopes for the best
  12. by   NursePooh
    Originally posted by hoolahan:
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    I do agree maybe you need to do something fun. It's always a great time to see a movie when it rains. I went and saw the Mummy II this week, it was GREAT!!</STRONG>
    Went to see "Shrek" last weekend and laughed my ass off for the first time in a long time. It's hard to be depressed after that!

  13. by   kjmta57
    YES yesterday was most one of those days where next time I will lock myself in the clinic and they will have to extract me out to do anything!the inmates were horrible(I won't go into details)but they were worst then usal.and then I get home and my daughter has been admtted to the hospital.she has been having migraines the last 2 days so some ER doctor did a spinal and right after wards discharged her without her laying down for any time.here I am busting my butt taking care of these ungrateful inmates and some idiot doctor is expermenting on my daughter!yes I am furious today!I called this morning and she is having a MRI today and I will be flying up tomorrow to see her.Thanks for the venting.

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