Charge Nurse Role challenging
RN (Current Employee) – Boston, MA – December 6, 2018
I love working at BIDMC, providing excellent patient care to our high acute patients...however have become slightly burned out WITH the high acuity of the patients and the demands that our put upon the floor nurses. On nights we can have between 5-7 patients and some of our patients our ICU level...often felt that the powers that be cared less about the safety of patient and staff and more with putting heads in beds. That aspect has worn me out.
That said, I understand it is a byproduct of a big, teaching hospital in a major metropolitan city like Boston...I have learned a lot and had many wonderful experiences, just wish we could be staffed better and feel more supported on the off shift.
Typical Day (7a-7p): 0630 to get report and on floor and run around crazy with patients going off the floor, returning to the floor, discharges and admissions and often leaving well past the "end shift time of 7p" - that was a joke. If you are leaving shortly after 7 you are not doing your job.
Learned: How to remain calm in stressful situations, myriad clinical skills and ongoing learning and evolving as a nurse.
Management: Seems fine enough.
Workplace Culture; Generally good, but seems as if morale is lagging the last few months. Staff seemed overburdened.
Hardest Part of job; Staving off negativity and apathy, battling admissions department about never-ending wave of admits they try to send the floor.
Most enjoyable: Harmony among co-workers, team environment. people support one anther.