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Thread: Any nurses that have felt similar? Or any social workers with advice :)

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    Originally Posted by Billie28
    Have you discussed the workload with peers or those in charge?

    Have you had an appraisal at work?

    You might want to seek feedback from others before you decide to quit.

    In my work , there are people who can cope with a higher workload than others.
    Some lack organisational skills , others need more training , others simply arenít suited to the job.

    Ask your employer what they think?
    Thanks for the reply! Yeah most of the girls I work with feel the same with lack of support I guess and feeling run off their feet. Itís been worse the last couple of months due to covid and the hospital being very disorganised. I was meant to have an appraisal awhile back but it kept getting put off. Iíll speak up and re ask my manager about it.
    I feel like I can cope with a heavy work load, I managed very busy restaurants for years whilst studying nursing and I always get everything done and am organised but now I say it maybe I canít actually cope with the thought of it and knowing every day Iím heading into a very busy non stop day. Thanks for making me have a think!

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    Originally Posted by Wiseman2
    Depending on where you are located, you can function as an independent practitioner with just a couple years for a grad degree in nursing. Social work is an entirely different field and would require an advanced degree to do anything anyway. You would be better off looking for master's degrees (often 2 years) rather than starting from scratch.

    Also look into your employers education/tuition assistance programs. Many will help with further an education but not changing fields. You would make much more money and not work in med/surg nursing. You also need to review your jurisdiction's license requirements and your field's credentialing process.
    Thank you so much! I will look into this! :)

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    I would not go into social work. The pay that you're used to as a nurse (assuming you are a registered nurse) is way, way more than you'd ever make as a social worker. I know, I know, life isn't all about the money but we are talking about a significant downgrade here in terms of compensation. I've seen a number of social workers go from social work to nursing, never ever the other way around.

    If social work interests you, with your experience, see if you can apply to some nursing "care coordinator" jobs. If you have a good amount of hospital experience, you can work in these jobs. It's not social work but you definitely work closely with patients and their families to coordinate different angles of their care and resources they will need once they leave the hospital. I could see you enjoying it.

    Bedside nursing is a drag - terrible ratios, back-breaking work, and you get way too much piled onto you and when something goes wrong, you're the first to be blamed.

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    Originally Posted by Lucytan
    Thanks for the reply! Yeah most of the girls I work with feel the same with lack of support I guess and feeling run off their feet. Itís been worse the last couple of months due to covid and the hospital being very disorganised. I was meant to have an appraisal awhile back but it kept getting put off. Iíll speak up and re ask my manager about it.
    I feel like I can cope with a heavy work load, I managed very busy restaurants for years whilst studying nursing and I always get everything done and am organised but now I say it maybe I canít actually cope with the thought of it and knowing every day Iím heading into a very busy non stop day. Thanks for making me have a think!
    Is a surgical ward not quieter due to covid given that elective surgeries have been postponed internationally?

    No hospital is really organised to deal with covid since it was neither predicted or expected?
    So the organisation is happening on a daily basis . And it depends on all staff to be patient and see it through.
    Help where possible.

    Are your feelings perhaps external to your job? And more covid related?

    Keep a personal record of your start and finish times of your shift plus breaks.

    And definitely pursue that appraisal. But do be prepared for both positive and negative feedback. Itís all about understanding your role , your immediate employers role and differing expectations.

    Good luck!!

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    Originally Posted by Billie28
    Is a surgical ward not quieter due to covid given that elective surgeries have been postponed internationally?

    No hospital is really organised to deal with covid since it was neither predicted or expected?
    So the organisation is happening on a daily basis . And it depends on all staff to be patient and see it through.
    Help where possible.

    Are your feelings perhaps external to your job? And more covid related?

    Keep a personal record of your start and finish times of your shift plus breaks.

    And definitely pursue that appraisal. But do be prepared for both positive and negative feedback. Itís all about understanding your role , your immediate employers role and differing expectations.

    Good luck!!
    It was quiet for like a week back in March but we have been getting a lot more trauma patients from other public hospitals, idk why. And we just get all the gen med patients still. And quieter can be worse because it isnít actually quiet you have the same patient load and your patients are as unwell as usual but there are just less nurses on the floor. Itís actually better when the ward is full. Our elective surgeries started back up last week as well.

    Yeah I have been having a think and Iím fair sure itís just surgical nursing that isnít for me. I enjoyed oncology a lot more and I think covid on top of it has me really not enjoying it.
    Thanks for the advice!

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    So.... I'm not sure if you will be less over-worked as a social worker. They seem to have a lot going on too. I would talk to your manager about if it's possible to balance the workload, but I'm not sure you can do that during a pandemic. :( Is there another wing you can be transferred to? Sorry, I don't know a ton about nursing, but I am sure you are being overworked at this time. Is there an additional certification that you can get that would help you get transferred to a less-busy wing?

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    Thanks everyone for the advice! I appreciate it! Iíve thought about it and reminded myself why I got into nursing, I think my passion just doesnít lay with surgical at all. Once I fishing up graduate year in a couple of months I will get back into oncology/ end of life care or mental health. My passion is definitely with them and I know Iíd never feel overworked doing anything for those patients.
    Thanks again guys!

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