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10 Things You Should Stop Complaining About in Nursing

Adam Starr | NursingLink

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Work isn’t perfect, right? But if you’re lucky enough to have a job right now it pays to remember that millions and millions of Americans don’t think you have a thing to complain about. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation’s unemployment rate is hovering around 10%. Even more troubling, The New York Times reports that unemployed people are spending longer periods between jobs. In December of 2008, only 22.9% of people were unemployed for 27 weeks or longer. A year later, in December of 2009, a whopping 37.8% of people were unemployed for 27 weeks or more. That means that nearly 40% of our nation’s unemployed are going without jobs for nearly seven months.

Now that we’ve got some perspective, here’s a list of 10 things that you should stop complaining about at work.

Complaint #1: Your Nursing Salary >>


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    FydawgRN

    over 3 years ago

    36 comments

    how about we give all the new auditors that are hounding us to keep us on task patients to take care, then we will be able to keep up

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    mm7232

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Please flag Adam Starr's article as inappropriate.

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    TonjaRN

    over 3 years ago

    14 comments

    This article really amazes me in that it has no sensitivity at all towards nurses. Well, yes I'm sure we ALL are grateful to have jobs but that doesnt mean we have to shut up about the things that are not fair such as no breaks and understaffing and excessive workloads. The bottom line is that nurses want to be treated with some sort of diginity, get at least a 30 minute lunchbreak during our shifts so that we can at least stay focused and be allowed to have workloads that are not backbreaking and endangering our patients. Is that too much to ask? I think not. So whoever wrote this article, shame on you. You have no compassion whatsoever and should understand that nursing albeit a very tough job at times is one that I'm sure most nurses enjoy but would just like a tad bit of relief to be able to take care of ourselves so that we can take care of our patients. We're not asking for the world; just to be respected in it.

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    Crista

    over 3 years ago

    4 comments

    This article is insulting and disrespectful to every good, hardworking, dedicated nurse out there- NursingLink should be downright ashamed and apologize to all its members for posting it. And for all you new grads out there who still live in your world of the ideal- talk to me in 6 months after you start working. I guarantee you won't feel the same.

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    nuttmeg

    over 3 years ago

    6 comments

    Ok, my last comment had to do with talking about private lives at work. Now that I'm reading NOT to complain about workload? Who wrote this??? The hospital managers??

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    nuttmeg

    over 3 years ago

    6 comments

    This is what is known as a "boundary" issue. Nurses are notorious for lousy boundaries. Take it from one who knows.

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    nuttmeg

    over 3 years ago

    6 comments

    Not required? Maybe. But breaks are mandatory by law and we are not staffed well enough for one of us to leave the unit and go get dinner. THAT'S why they used to provide it. We frequently get no break at all, so the bottom line of the hospitals' profit margin doesn't interest me as much as it used to. I make my contribution daily.

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    debrafan53

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    As a recent grad nurse who can't find a job, even when I try every day, I feel employed nurses should stop complaining period. You knew what you were getting into. If you just went into nursing for the money, then that's a shame. Working in my current CNA job, I know that most nurses make 2-4 times what I make.

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    Inara

    over 3 years ago

    64 comments

    Well these are things you could complain about with any job! It's not just for nursing.

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    ChrisSMN

    over 3 years ago

    6 comments

    #11: This article. LOL.

    I think that the point of this was to say what you can do instead of complaining, like "instead of complaining, do this to fix it." Complaining is pretty pointless isn't it?

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    only1dna

    over 3 years ago

    4 comments

    IF YOU HAVE A JOB YOU SHOULDNT BE COMPLAINING AT ALL!!!

    FOR ALL YOU WEINERS OUT THERE< SUCK IT UP AND DO YOUR JOB AND BE THANKFUL EVERYDAY THAT YOU HAVE ONE!!

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    sammytalk

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I thought at one point in time that this nursing-link was written by nurses but it is clearly not. Many of the things written were just purely disrespectful and with out understanding. Things such as work load are not just to complain but for patient safety. Try running a ICU that has six patients with only two nurses. Two patients code simultaneously then what happens to the other four patients. Yes this happens and its all to save a buck. As this article mentions many things get cut back but its not the benefits I'de worry about, try patient safety. Why don't you guys write an article on how hospital budget cuts effect patient safety and how employee fatigue leads to medical errors.

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    marywang46

    over 3 years ago

    8 comments

    I am a recent nursing school grad with NO job in sight and I think if you have a job right now you're lucky. I like this article as a reminder of that.

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    tranurse

    over 3 years ago

    8 comments

    did the hospitals get together and write this article???????

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    elisa7

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Wow, this might be one of the least sensitive articles written for nurses. I'm graduating in two weeks and if this is how it really is, we'll see how long this profession will last, I went into it because I have huge compassion for ill patients but I'm not sure if I'm able to put up with everything else it comes with. It is not about the money at all since I had a previous job with lot less stress making damn close to the nursing salary.

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