I just started in the ER about 3 months ago and I had a pretty smooth transition because I came from the floor and also worked in OR before. I liked the job at first, when you had a chest pain come in, you had help come to your room to get your labs, ekg or whatever they could do, well now its like no one comes, twice triage has put chest pains in my rooms and did not broadcast it, I was in another patients room so I didnt know they were even in there for about 10 mins! But the two main reasons I have begun to hate it is because, I feel I am working my a** off (I work 3p-3a) and I come in at 3 and dont even get any kind of break or lunch until between 9p and 10 pm, my blood sugar drops and I feel like I am gonna puke. Is that pretty common where you are? I mean yes I know its busy but I am not a robot and I cant go non stop for 6-7 hrs full force and not have lunch that late or even a 10 or 15 min break, that is a big thing with me because I have fibromyalgia and I have had bad flair ups the past 2 nights for some reason. Oh and the patients complaining and walking out cause they have to wait so long (recently made the change to computers and its slower now) we also have a new form to document every 30 mins saying we rounded on our patients (as if we didnt have enough to do), I thought the floor was crappy for that kinda stuff. I have told the clinical leader about these things because she asks me how things are going (they cant keep nurses) and I have told her and nothing changes and it happens about every night I work. It could be a good place to work if it was ran better, also your never really get to know the other staff so great (were all busy, but I have found some of them to be hateful anyway). I feel sick knowing I gotta go in tomm, LOL. Any comments?
It has always been our policy to announce over head chest pains and what room they are going to, if you are in a room with another patient and tied up for whatever reason, how will you know he is in there? I think since it is policy, it is not to much to ask especially considering its a level 1 heart attack facility and there is a time limit for EKG and labs (within 10 min of brining back to room).
Last edit by missymiss on Jul 15, '12
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