Very exhausting & highly stressful place to work
Registered Nurse (Current Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – December 23, 2018
Often you are short staffed, having to take on extra patients. You are on your feet nonstop most of your 12 hour shift. Over 4 years I only got one 15 minute break in the morning and 6 times in the late afternoon. On average, at least once a week you don’t get a lunch break either and if you do, most of the nurses are busy charting during that 30 minutes & trying to wolf down a sandwich. Not a real break. In addition because you are so busy during your shift you normally stay extra to finish your charting. At times nurses have been there up to 3 hours after their shift, charting. Usually however it is mostly only an hour. You are lucky to get off on time one or twice a month, if that. When management increases your patient load, you are reprimanded if you have any objections. Some of the charge nurses are great in helping other not so much. Some charge nurses are great bedside nurses but don’t know anything about how to manage people. Your Teammates are wonderful & the team work is outstanding. Many nurses suffer from various aliments-such as back pain, lots of foot pain, headaches, stomach upsets, yet they solder on. Management just keeps putting more & more on the nursing staff until sheer exhaustion & they still put more on. The stress level is extreme, yet the culture is such that everyone is afraid to complain. Lots of turnover in staff.
Long hours on your feet, few if any breaks on your shift