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10 Things You Should Stop Complaining About in Nursing

Adam Starr | NursingLink

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So you’re super busy managing too many patient cases, totally tired after a 12-hour shift, and ready to freak out. Too bad, so is everyone else. You are not a delicate snowflake. You are not a precious miracle. You are a paid nurse and but one member of a busy team. Complaining about having too much work, while cathartic, is not going to inspire confidence in your colleagues.

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Instead of letting that pile of work overwhelm you, make lists of attainable goals and stick to your deadlines. Eliminate distractions and plow through your to-do list. Save all that energy you spent complaining and focus it on getting things done. You’ll avoid burnout and be a more productive team member if you do — we promise.


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    lbuxton7

    almost 4 years ago

    6 comments

    Adam Starr needs to spend two weeks in the role of a professional nurse, and then see how he feels about nurse-patient ratios and acuity vs numbers because in the for-profit world it is all about numbers, not acuity and the patients are the ones who suffer no matter what the mantra is "Oh patient care is our number one priority". Yeah, right! if patient care was the number one priority, nursing assignments would be handled much differently as would staffing. One would see many more nurses and techs on the floor to care for the patients, not the "pocketbook"

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    JennyGK

    almost 4 years ago

    198 comments

    ?????

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    lralkhatib

    almost 4 years ago

    2094 comments

    i dont like this article.

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    HerbalNurse

    almost 4 years ago

    466 comments

    Hmmm. That was different...

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    Account Removed

    almost 4 years ago

    I am sure you would not wish the same thing if you come to the hospital and the nurse could not attend to your family member because she had too many patients an your love on is dead because of work overload. then you would want the system to change wouldn't you? it is so different when relatives are involved isn't it?

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    anutic

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This has to be a joke!!! I can't believe the person who wrote this article has any insight into the nursing profession or what is takes to be a nurse. The attitude is archaic, if not misinformed.

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    telenurse85

    almost 4 years ago

    20 comments

    This article is demeaning towards nurses. I have worked 13.5 hours at a time with NO break and then have been charged for the "break" that I didn't get. I've been denied pay even though I was made to stay anywhere from a half hour to 1.5 hours late (FORCED TO due to a patient with a medical emergency at change of shift, etc).
    The author of this article should be fired, Nursing Link should be ashamed. And new grads without a job, WELL YOU DO N-O-T KNOW so mind your manners until you have some actual experience and some vague idea of what you are talking about.
    I have 20 years nursing experiece. I am a professional who takes pride in my work. However; even I can have been given so many patients that it has been detrimental to the safe and effective care of the patients. We are supposed to give safe, effective professional nursing care. It's not about the $$$, it's about not having a patient die because a nurse had 5 blood transfusions, TPN, and cardiac drips all running on the ELEVEN patients that she had as a patinet load. And, yes that HAS happened to me. And I had a patient go bad. I pulled in a cardiologist in and BEGGED him to move his patient to ICU from Telemetry. And he said, "Why can't you spend more time with him, you only get 6 patinets on this floor". And, yes the hospital had told him that. I clarified my workload to him and he had the patinet moved to the ICU. He also complained to the hospital management. And I got called onto the carpet for letting him know that I had ELEVEN HIGH ACUITY PATIENTS on my workload. Sadly, this is common.
    So, miss or mr new grad who knows it all already, come back when you actually know something. And Mr Starr (the author) slink back into your delusional world. And "Nursing Link", try actually asking some real floor working nurses to write your articles. And quit insulting nurses.

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    Mdfog10

    almost 4 years ago

    6 comments

    This article is hostile and clearly written with a management point of view. As a Registered Nurse of over 20 years, I can assess and correct a very dangerous situation quickly. Healthcare is very profitable and Hospitals are using the economy to cry and lie. There are very big hospital chains in the U.S. that operate as a big group when it is to their benefit and yet try to claim they are "independent" when it comes to dealing with the nurses working conditions.Yes, I am grateful for a job but that does not mean I need to be treated poorly. I work very hard and deserve every cent and benefit I earn. RNs are the last line of defense for patients, we are expected to deliver 100% perfect care and yet we are not supported with all the resources we need. Our job is to keep patients safe, educated ,and alive! God forbid I have the time to treat patients with compassion .Shame on you !

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    RitzauRN

    almost 4 years ago

    10 comments

    Here is some "perspective", how about being taken care of by a nurse that just got into the field because of job security and does the minimum for a paycheck and puts up with unsafe work environments?

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    RitzauRN

    almost 4 years ago

    10 comments

    For all you new grads who can't get jobs, I can understand because after my first degree in biology it took me 4 months to get a job and that was in a good market back in 2002. But you are naive and shortsighted if you think that just "having a job" means you are lucky. Once you get put in an unsafe situation for your license and/or your patients you will understand why it's not enough just to have a place to work and a paycheck. At least one of you made an intelligent comment that reflects on your ability to maintain dedication in a poor work environment. I do agree though that just complaining is pointless and you have to both lead by example and even when you 'sigh' have to take the lead to improve your workplace (whether you have support at first or not), it is incumbent upon those with a conscientious nature to do so.

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