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Thread: I understand I'm new here, but Vent City, here I come.

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    I understand I'm new here, but Vent City, here I come.


    Yea, as a Unit Secretary you didn't quite know the plight of a nurse. Now as nurse, I sort of wish I didn't know the plight. My story from what I understood is unique, but I don't believe that it is at all. I think it happens quite often.

    Being a single parent in nursing school wasn't a damn picnic. Studying and trying to handle bills on 20 hours a week, btw I received a scholarship from my job for nursing school. Some poeple didn't believe I could do it but I did, and when I did I was told, "We can't keep you on payroll if you graduate." Make matters worse, the scholarship offered 2 years in the OR in return, which meant I was guaranteed a job. FALSE!
    That was the first of many disappointments. I ended up landing a job in Heart/Lung telemetry which was fine except the dayshift nurses talked crazy to ya & one literally physically abused me with a chair. Needless to say the management wouldn't do anything about the poor souls who hated their job, they were willing to let the good people walk to save face. Really?

    I landed a really neat job at an affiliate surgery center. I felt blessed. Better pay, alright coworkers. But the nursing shortage was a beast and being the only CV Nurse I was always being called in and stuck with all the CV patients. I don't remember there ever being an "on-call" stipulation anywhere. But oh well. Soon the pimple started rearing it's ugly head; started noticing that the nurses and the leadership really didn't have a clue on managing emergencies. Didn't know much about documentation & when it came to core measures, ummmmm, yep.

    So, there was a lot of backstabbing, people losing jobs 2 days after they were placed on probation by a two-faced schemer. That same two-faced schemer became the CM and she wrecked havoc on the crew. This is where the story gets good. She had personal problems with anyone that was married, had kids or did a good job at work. Her tactics went form banning people from using their cell phones in the breakroom to cutting your hours, suspending you because she didn't like you and any other maniacal plots she could come up with.

    And just when I'm thinking it can't get any worse.....

    Schemer liked to yell at you in the hallway in front of the patients' rooms, even walk in the room to holler at you while you are with the patient. Schemer even liked to talk to you about things that didn't apply to you. Schemer even liked talking down about her employess while interviewing new employees. Yea, Schemer was a mess. But somehow the leadership didn't mind, they thought she did a good job (the job everyone else but her performed). Schemer yelled at me one too many times, I tried to be professional, but it seemed as though Schemer liked to be put in her place, she actually liked confrontation and confusion. She lived for it. I started avoiding her, she started cutting my hours. She wanted a confrontation and I didn't give her one and then I was suspended. I learn via everyone else she suspended me, beccause remember, Schemer likes confusion. Financial crises..

    I was offered my first travel assignment, I was excited. Well, you know Schemer, she let me go on the spot. Single parent three kids, no work.
    AAAhhh, you'd think things get better, it didn't, turned out the travel assignment was a bust, left us homeless.

    I try to think how is it that I worked so hard to end up with my family and I homeless. How is it that an RN can be homeless? How is it that you put your heart in your work and someone doesn't like you because you like what you do? And use it against you? I beat myself up daily. Sometimes I think that if I stood up for myself more, this would not have happened, but then I'd be labelled the "Angry Black Woman." I pray at night hoping I'd wake up and this were all a bad dream. But it's not a dream.

    Just trying to pick up the pieces before I end up in pieces

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    So, you're a newbie here! Welcome to the Funny Farm area, and I do mean that. In fact, welcome to the site, period.

    I can hear you on so many levels, it ain't funny. I don't know where you live, but sounds like my area....somewhat. PM me when you can, perhaps we can talk some.

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    Thank you. Glad to be here.
    Very glad to have a forum where I can vent my frustrations. I've been holding this in for some months. Blood pressure 155/111. Umm and I'm a CV nurse, too! I should know better.

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    Welcome as well,

    Like Cougar I sympathize with you - Don't know where you are but If you are in Southern California, Los Angeles area drop me a PM. I have some contacts at a Psych hopsital that is chronically short of nurses. Yes I know it's psych......but I did it for 5 years and loved it........ Plus it's a job......

    Peace and Namaste

    Hppy

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    Thank you. I live in Dallas. Sinc ethe Assignment I have been during per diem until something opens. I've been canceled a total of 36 hours already 24 of which were in the same pay period. I'm having to send my kids over to my best friends for some weeks while I do per diem in Houston, I also have an interview for a new unit on Thursday there. So hopefully it'll work out and we can settle back into normality. Sucks because my kids have about two months left in school.

    But, Oh well, i've learned some valuable lessons, recruiters (maybe some) don't care about no one but themselves.

    BTW, I've tried the PM, but it doesn't seem to allow me to.
    ONLY1

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    I understand Dallas has some awesome hospitals, have you checked them all out? Hang in there and I pray you never have another experience like that again!
    I'm anxious just reading your story.
    We are here for you. Keep tring the PM

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    Words of wisdom from 30+ years at the salt mine... Back out of the politics. Focus on the patients. Consider what's truly fair and support only that. When it starts to suck, look for a new job. End of story.

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