You may recall that one of my last posts was concerning how patients were being treated by the other ED staff. Well, I've been in the ED now for 2 whole months. I promised myself that I would NOT become a mean ED nurse. Well.
I am pretty sick of people in general at this point. WHY are you coming to the ED at 3 in the morning with a cold you've had for 3 weeks??? You can't take it anymore? I think you can probably wait for 6 more hours and call your doc. And PLEASE don't come in here and lie to me about things that are perfectly apparent to anyone with eyes and a nose. It's obvious you have been drinking and yes, you DO smoke, and smell awfully of it, so why are you crying because your baby has an ear infection AGAIN?? Especially after I told you LAST WEEK that second hand smoke will cause your baby to have repeated ear infections?? My favorite is the guy who came in with hiccups x 10 MINUTES. We were slammed that night and the hiccups resolved after 5 minutes but he still wanted to be seen. Well, okay, but you will wait until after the truly ill are seen. Then he'd decided we were ignoring him, so he laid down in the middle of the waiting room. O...M...G I was livid. That story goes on, but you can see where I am going with it....
So, lately I've been pretty pi$$ed off at work, and am feeling most people are jackasses! I told one of my coworkers that I don't think I can work ED because I'm mad all the time. She just laughed and said I'd be mad for a while, then I'd just think it's funny. I'm hoping that part comes soon.
OTOH, the other night we had a chest pain come back, definitely an AMI and I was part of getting him better! That was awesome!!! That's what I want to do, NOT be a clinic for people that just don't get it. After reading posts here, I know that ED abuse is everywhere, so I know I'm not alone in feeling this way, just new to it. I hope I can balance myself soon. I can hear myself getting shorter and shorter with people.
I really don't want to be that way, but good GRIEF sometimes these people deserve it!