Is this common? The new face of the ED - pg.3 | allnurses

Is this common? The new face of the ED - page 4

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... Read More

  1. Visit  mariposa311 profile page
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    @redhead_NURSE98!


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    e do not clock out for lunch, they automatically deduct it from our pay, and the two 15 minute breaks? Have never happened.

    @billy bob

    I have no idea what ER you went to. But that is a way overgeneralization. If you came in our ER with a HA that wouldn't go away, first thing we could do is a head CT, before meds or anything. It is our protocol. Doctors and Nurses lazy? I just had to laugh at that.
    nuangel1, TheSquire, and GM2RN like this.
  2. Visit  rhellner57 profile page
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    as for people coming to ER vs urgent care or clinic, we are just at the fringe of seeing a greater influx of these patients. the flip side, hospitals don't recieve a great amount of reimbursement so staffing may continue to be a nightmare at times. Clinics charge for first visits (even with medicaid), urgent care has a co pay, and some people just don't want to bother making an appointment and further more don't wish to sit in a clinic for an hour so the ER seems to them the answer
  3. Visit  redhead_NURSE98! profile page
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    Quote from mariposa311
    @redhead_NURSE98!


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    e do not clock out for lunch, they automatically deduct it from our pay, and the two 15 minute breaks? Have never happened.

    You don't have a manner in which to edit and show that you did not take a lunch?

    You have even better grounds for a fair wage lawsuit, because all of your employees are being shown as taking a lunch when they may not be. Again, the reason companies get away with this is because we let them.
  4. Visit  LPN2RNn2011 profile page
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    Quote from GM2RN
    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.
    I work in Dialysis and even if we are not able to take our 30min lunch break, they dock our pay anyways. I have went on break before, clocked out, 15mins later I'm called back to the floor for whatever reason, clock back in, then get called in the office to get grilled because I ONLY clocked out for 15mins...
  5. Visit  Jahna profile page
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    Quote from mariposa311
    @redhead_NURSE98!


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    e do not clock out for lunch, they automatically deduct it from our pay, and the two 15 minute breaks? Have never happened.

    @billy bob

    I have no idea what ER you went to. But that is a way overgeneralization. If you came in our ER with a HA that wouldn't go away, first thing we could do is a head CT, before meds or anything. It is our protocol. Doctors and Nurses lazy? I just had to laugh at that.
    Same here. The situation at the ER that I work in sounds eerily similar to the original posters' note. We work hard, and the vast majority do actually care and have great bedside manner, even with the most minor of complaints. Yet, it is quite clear that @billyboblewis has no earthly idea of the actual state of things or he would not have made such an egregious remark, I hope. He had a bad experience, it seems, and has chosen to paint all ER nurses with the same brush. Typical and sad.
    Also, I have never seen an ER that had a "light" workload. That has to be the funniest thing I've read today.
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  6. Visit  billyboblewis profile page
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    Having been an RN for 40 years I have more experience in ER's than most of the people who have sent letters. Every nurse has bad days and misses meals from time to time. We all have good and bad days. If you survey people who have used the services of ER's you will find that there are many more dissatisfied people than you think. I am not alone and actually feel quite qualified to judge er service.
  7. Visit  Susie2310 profile page
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    Quote from billyboblewis
    Having been an RN for 40 years I have more experience in ER's than most of the people who have sent letters. Every nurse has bad days and misses meals from time to time. We all have good and bad days. If you survey people who have used the services of ER's you will find that there are many more dissatisfied people than you think. I am not alone and actually feel quite qualified to judge er service.
    billyboblewis, I don't understand the offended reactions to your post. It didn't occur to me to think that you were saying you really believe that all ER nurses are incompetent prejudiced slackers. I know there is such a thing as professional pride, but such strong reactions to a stranger's (a stranger who is an RN with ER nursing experience) opinion on an internet forum when he says he nearly died through lack of appropriate care in the ER, and then goes on to direct some comments to ER nurses, just seems a little excessive to me.
    Last edit by Susie2310 on Aug 26, '12
  8. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    The face pf the ED and ED nursing has changed ove rthe years somewhat...but the ED has always been the safety net for the needy. As hospitals close and over crowding continues this will lead to futher stressing of the ED deaprtment resources.

    ED nursing is a demanding career choice for you cannot stem the flow through those doors.

    The OP's intention was to talk about these changes and conditions of working in the department and not personal stories of actual visits.

    Allnurses supports the idea of lively debate. This means you are free to disagree with anyone on any type of subject matter as long as your criticism is constructive and polite. PLease stick to the subject matter of the psot.

    Additionally, please refrain from name-calling. This is divisive, rude, and derails the thread.
    Our first priority is to the members that have come here because of the flame-free atmosphere we provide. There is a zero-tolerance policy here against personal attacks. We will not tolerate anyone insulting other's opinion nor name calling.

    Our call is to be supportive, not divisive. Several posts have been removed from this thread as as non contributory and off topic. Please stick to the subject of the post or the thread will be closed.
  9. Visit  rnsweete profile page
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    Quote from barryme

    Well shucks, sign me up for this amazing ER with the light workload and people going out to buy lunches for everyone's 30 minute breaks! Why am I suffering through saving lives when I could be doing that?
    Exactly if anyone really worked in a real ED they would no that light work and someone leaving for lunch would be unrealistic. What if they call a trauma, stemi or stroke alert along with taking care of the yellow medicals, baker acts and drug seekers. ED doctors and nurses might seem short because we have a time frame to get patients in and out. As far as lazy you have never been in my ED. I work in the busiest ED in Florida and we are not gonna stand for lazy.
  10. Visit  rnsweete profile page
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    Quote from billyboblewis
    o btw I am an RN and have been for the last 36 years of my career. I have worked in all types and sizes of hospitals and will tell you that the majority of er nurses are fantastic and I believe the ones complaining may be a very small minority!
    First their lazy then their amazing. No possible way you worked in a ED and can use light work and ED in the same sentence.
    Last edit by rnsweete on Aug 26, '12
  11. Visit  Kooky Korky profile page
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    It's laughable that patients want to be treated courteously and correctly? That they don't want to be assumed to be drug addicts is laughable?

    I don't think ER staff will ever treat all patients well - not until the patients stand up to the rude staff, whoever they might be.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Aug 27, '12
  12. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    This thread has run its course........closing of staff review
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