I know it’s pretty well-known that nurses complain about their jobs a lot, but we have a right to! Our job is difficult and we are treated poorly as if we are less important than the doctors. We’re often treated like glorified maids; being a nurse is so much more than that. But, despite all that, it’s the most rewarding job in the world and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Without further ado, here are the top 5 complaints we nurses have about being a nurse.
The long shifts
Frequently, as nurses, we will go in early in the morning, before the sun rises, and leave very late in the evening after the sun has set. These long shifts are exhausting and you end up literally spending your entire day inside the hospital, not seeing the sun once.
Reading the doctors’ handwriting
Doctors’ handwriting is often joked about, referred to as chicken scratch quite frequently. This is because they write fast and also so their signature isn’t forgeable. That being said, trying to read it is the most annoying thing.
Stains on all our scrubs
I have a million pair of scrubs and not a single one doesn’t have a stain of some sort on it. As if I had time to do laundry any way, now I have to worry about weird ways to get set-in stains out.
Trying to get food when working the night shift
I’ve become an expert at finding restaurants that will deliver to the hospital in the middle of the night.
Having to know everything about medications
We have to memorize classification, side effects, dosages, and contraindications for tons of different medication and we’re expected to know this stuff at the drop of a hat.
Needing physician’s orders
So, I need a physician’s order to give my patient two Tylenol capsules, but I can place catheters through patients’ hearts? Yeah, that makes total sense.Like