Pros: the patients
Cons: rarely able to take a break, including lunch. the lack of help and feeling overwhelmed.
I really enjoyed, working on the CVU. A typical day was very fast paced and usually at least 14 hours each shift. This is the only hospital, I have ever worked for, where, the nurse does 100% of patient care, we were not allowed to have CNA, CMA, or LPNs, to take the work load off of the RN. I became very uncomfortable, working under these circumstances. Not only did I feel that patient care suffer, but the work load was, in my opinion dangerous for patients, because of the fatigue of their nurses. Had we had some help on the unit, I would have loved this position and not left.