Last Day of Med-Surg

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Last night was my last night on med-surg.

I’m not sure whether to express myself as 🙂 or 😦

On the one hand, I’m more than glad.  I’ve had MANY very busy nights on med-surg.  Nights where I either wanted to scream or cry.  Which can be extremely frustrating.  Not to mention the fact that there is not a lot of support for the staff on med-surg.  Med-surg nurses have the highest patient load with the least amount of support staff (i.e. generally two CNAs for 20 patients, whereas other floors each CNA has max an 8 patient load and much more frequently only 6 patients; also there is no resource nurse on the med-surg floor–a nurse designated just to float on the unit and help the other nurses who have an assignment–with problems, admissions, discharges).  Sometimes on med-surg it just seems like “every nurse for themselves.”  The morale is not very high on med-surg, that’s for sure.  Most days I leave work feeling exhausted, both physically and emotionally.  Only to come back and do it all over again.

Yet, the PEOPLE that I work with are really great.  If it weren’t for them, work would be twice as tough.  So it’s going to be hard to not work with them day in and day out.  Good thing is that I can usually visit other floors when I take a quick break.  Which I tend to be good about…other people may not visit, but I do.  I like to see everyone and catch up on the news.  One of the other things I’m not sure about is the night being too slow.  When you have fewer patients and potentially less issues, the night can really drag.   12 hours is a long time at work.  At least when you are busy, the night flies by.

Overall I am very excited about this new opportunity.  Even if I don’t LOVE it, it will be a great way to learn some more stuff and will look good on my resume.

Disappointing news from yesterday…there will be NO RAISES this year.  Even though they had sent out a letter back in January or possibly earlier, saying that there were going to be raises this year.  Turns out the hospital is still really in the red and short of laying people off, they are “holding off” on the raises for now.  Or so they say.

This really pissed me off.  I mean, I don’t want to see my fellow co-workers laid off, but seriously, it’s been 2 years with no raise at all…not even cost of living.  Things are not staying the same price, yet my income is.  Doesn’t seem right.

On a more positive note, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first day off of FOUR!!  Today I mostly slept 🙂  Got a pizza and watched some Gilmore Girls (love that show!).  Relaxed with my sweetie and now we are going to watch a movie with some ICE CREAM.  Then bed again…I love bed 🙂

Published in: on February 25, 2010 at 11:30 pm  Comments (1)