Is this common? The new face of the ED - page 2

by mariposa311 | 7,057 Views | 37 Comments

I have worked in the ED for 4 years. Anyone who works in an ED knows the current situation with ED care. Too many patients (esp with non-urgent complaints) and we are incredibly understaffed. The turnover is so high, like I said... Read More


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    that is why I started traveling, most places I feel needed and have a bit of a say, then there are others where I am a body and they don't even acknowledge me in the most part but I can do anything for 13 weeks and move on or stay my choice
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    Quote from mariposa311
    Maybe it is just me - doesn't seem like it based on the number of nurses who have quit working at my ED, I've talked to them of course. And it seems to be getting worse - we never have adequate staffing (I think it is a danger to the patients) - we are not "rewarded" - a 1/2 hour uninterrupted break in a 12 hour shift is supposed to be reward enough, if we ever get it!
    I don't work in the ED, so I don't know what it should be like, but I just wanted to say that if you're not getting an unpaid 1/2 hour lunch and two paid 15 minute breaks, REFUSE to clock out for lunch. That's illegal if you are paid hourly, and the reason that they continue to treat us that way is because we tolerate it. I'm tired of it. If I clock out for a lunch and I don't get my full one-hour throughout a 12 HOUR DAY I edit my time sheet so they can pay me for my "lunch" (during which I usually get interrupted with work stuff anyway.) I DARE anyone to call me on it, and they never have.
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    At the hospital in my town, if your hired on in the ED then your stuck there for at least 6mos. But you can request to float around the hospital every 6mos too. So if you don't like the way things are going down in your ED, ask to float around your hospital until you find a spot you like, Maybe? If your hospital will allow it. Rather than losing your time you already have within your company...JMO
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    Quote from thelema13
    I feel your pain. No raises here either, for 3 years (about to be 4) even though we were nationally recognized in Consumer Reports and US News, ranked in the top 20's in the state of Florida. We got cupcakes as a thank you. And no, we don't get our 30 minute break either.

    The only way I can get a raise, is by graduating grad school. What a shame.
    Where in Florida are you? Mind sharing the hospital? I
    I am in Florida.
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    Quote from redhead_NURSE98!
    I don't work in the ED, so I don't know what it should be like, but I just wanted to say that if you're not getting an unpaid 1/2 hour lunch and two paid 15 minute breaks, REFUSE to clock out for lunch. That's illegal if you are paid hourly, and the reason that they continue to treat us that way is because we tolerate it. I'm tired of it. If I clock out for a lunch and I don't get my full one-hour throughout a 12 HOUR DAY I edit my time sheet so they can pay me for my "lunch" (during which I usually get interrupted with work stuff anyway.) I DARE anyone to call me on it, and they never have.

    I have worked in the ED almost 4 years and there are many times that I don't get any breaks let alone 30 miutes for lunch. We aren't required to clock out for lunch; the time is automatically deducted and you have to remember to write it in a time book to get paid if you don't get your lunch. Even if I am getting paid when I don't get to take time for lunch, I would rather have the much needed break than the extra few dollars.
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    Quote from billyboblewis
    Sorry ER nurses. I have worked off and on in ER for many years and it is a much lighter job than working the floors. I am sure there are many times you get plenty of time to eat and someone goes out and picks food up. No one in the nursing field is getting giant raises. Is there some reason you think ER would be singled out?
    Now as a patient on occasion in the ER I can say that I have found nurses and Doctors to be on the lazy side and very disrespectful to patients when they dont see blood and guts or compound fractures or chest pain. So I have a headache and it doesnt go away. The pain is what made me go to er in the middle of the night not an urge to get narcotics. I dont have to hear an RN say you just ran out of your prescription. It is really sad that you can go to an urgent care and get better treatment of staff with less training. So to make things clear I almost lost my life because nurses and doctors in the local er did not diagnose my subdural hematoma with all the standard symptoms and history.. ER people get your act together and treat all patients well.


    This post is laughable and appears to be written to incite. That's all I can say and remain civil.
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    not to incite. It is the truth.
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    Quote from billyboblewis
    Sorry ER nurses. I have worked off and on in ER for many years and it is a much lighter job than working the floors. I am sure there are many times you get plenty of time to eat and someone goes out and picks food up. No one in the nursing field is getting giant raises. Is there some reason you think ER would be singled out?
    Now as a patient on occasion in the ER I can say that I have found nurses and Doctors to be on the lazy side and very disrespectful to patients when they dont see blood and guts or compound fractures or chest pain. So I have a headache and it doesnt go away. The pain is what made me go to er in the middle of the night not an urge to get narcotics. I dont have to hear an RN say you just ran out of your prescription. It is really sad that you can go to an urgent care and get better treatment of staff with less training. So to make things clear I almost lost my life because nurses and doctors in the local er did not diagnose my subdural hematoma with all the standard symptoms and history.. ER people get your act together and treat all patients well.
    billyboblewis, I had to write to tell you that when I read your post I smiled and shook my head in sympathy with you. I had a similar experience as a patient in the ER (I am an RN), and to this day I'm not sure if the doctor was looking at me with an expression of disappointment or disgust, but he did treat me with what I considered to be disdain. I waited for a long time in a virtually empty waiting room while the nurse who appeared in the triage area from time to time studiously avoided making eye contact with me. And yes, my history and symptoms were significant. Why shouldn't nurses be able to express their negative experiences of being patients or family members?
    Last edit by Susie2310 on Aug 22, '12
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    Quote from Susie2310
    billyboblewis, I had to write to tell you that when I read your post I smiled and shook my head in sympathy with you. I had a similar experience as a patient in the ER (I am an RN), and to this day I'm not sure if the doctor was looking at me with an expression of disappointment or disgust, but he did treat me with what I considered to be disdain. I waited for a long time in a virtually empty waiting room while the nurse who appeared in the triage area from time to time studiously avoided making eye contact with me. And yes, my history and symptoms were significant. I am sorry some nurses on this forum seem to find it so offensive when nurses complain about receiving poor care, and seek to label the nurses complaining as wishing to cause trouble. Why shouldn't nurses be able to express their experiences of being patients?

    It's not the espressing of experiences that I take issue with; it's the way it's expressed.

    Thinking people understand that one nurse's/person's (assuming that billybob is a nurse since nothing in his (presumably) profile identifies his profession) experience does not constitute reality for the entire profession/patient population.

    To make blanket statements that imply that all ERs are light duty, that we often get plenty of time to eat and can even send someone out for food, and that all ED docs and nurses are lazy is just plain ignorant, even if that is one person's experience "on occasion."
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    thanks and I really complain more for the patients who are not nurses who dont get proper treatment because they are viewed as drug seekers or other prejudices of er personnel. I do love working in er or any other discipline.I have been in pt care since 1967 and thru good and bad I cannot imagine doing anything else
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