You are so not alone. Unfortunately, because of economics we nurses are put in very compromising positions. Most units these days have to work from a very strict matrix based solely off of the census and not off of acuity at all. So, we end up putting more and more work off onto the new graduate nurses.
The positives are that you obviously have a very good head on your shoulders and a born leader. The negative is that after the new healthcare (affordable care act) goes into full effect we nurses will once again feel the full brunt of it…middle management and LPN’s will be reduced if not eliminated, making more work for the remaining nurses, the nurses who have been seasoned will look for other avenues to serve in as well.
Things will improve, but we will be in for a bumpy ride for a while I think. Above all else…you are not alone.