Just venting. Yes, I know, it's part of our ethical boundaries to not pass judgements on patients.. But some shifts, especially trying when it seems like a whole group of individuals show up together with the same situation.. I don't like dealing with the ethical struggle that comes with this particular area of nursing.
Tonight's theme was long documented history of active heroin use.. Work up negative.. All requesting and getting ordered the iv dilaudid/Benadryl combo.
You have providers who will give a pt whatever they ask for for no documentable medical reason. I struggle with this because I feel like I'm doing something wrong.
I'm not judging the patient and their personal struggle. I know addictions and dependence are real.. I struggle because I feel like I'm not helping the patient. I just became so frustrated tonight. I don't like feeling like a drug dealer.