How Behind Do You Get? - page 2

Today was the third worst day I've had since starting four months ago. I suppose that's a good record. I only had four patients today, but they were all tough. I had three units of blood to give... Read More

  1. by   SteveNNP
    When it comes to leaving stuff for the next shift to do, remember that the hospital runs 24 hours a day, and you are part of a healthcare TEAM. I often come in to work and end up helping out day shift hang their 4pm iv fluids [in NICU we change all iv fluids q day] But come 6am, after we call the doc with am labs, sometimes I don't have time to finish up charting, write orders, check on my babies and hang blood, give bicarb before day shift walks in a 0645. People will always grumble. Just make sure you don't leave your pt in a dangerous situation, and walk away. One morning I didn't leave until 0930, 2 hours late. AND I had to drive 45 minutes home to sleep before returning 8 hours later for another night. I've been working for 4 months, and thank GOD the crappy days are few and far between compared to the ok days. Hang in there!!!:roll
  2. by   GrnHonu99
    Quote from lisa41rn
    Today was the third worst day I've had since starting four months ago. I suppose that's a good record. I only had four patients today, but they were all tough. I had three units of blood to give two patients and never even got to either!! Everytime I'd make progress and think I'll get that blood started, I'd get a call from a doctor with more orders for another patient, or a call to send someone for testing. When I finally had a chance, one had a temp and the other was still off the floor. You'd think sending a patient down for testing would free up time, but I'd get calls to come down and give them pain meds or something. Like I had time to go off the floor.

    Today was tough enough, but when the evening shift started and had to hang blood or finish my leftovers, you'd think I was the worse nurse going. I can't even remember a day I've had to leave so much for the next shift. I felt bad, but their attitudes made me feel worse. I think one was even complaining to the nurse mgr who later said something to me, but was her usual nice self to me. She acknowledged I had a tough day and that I wasn't sitting around doing anything. This sounds ridiculous but I actually didn't even go to the bathroom all day!! Eat lunch?...please!!!

    I really think today was enough for me. I really wanted to make it a year, but I don't think I can make it that long. I hate it. There are times when things do seem better. I know I've made great progress, but I'm sick of trying so hard to be positive. All I get for suggestions is to ask for help when I need it. Well I did that today and got none. I went home an hour late (I know it could be worse) but I felt I needed to touch base with everyone on the next shift regardless of the fact they acted so grouchy and unable to be understanding. Again, if I was always picking up for another nurse, I'd be irritated, but that has never been my norm. I make sure new bags are hanging for the new shift and things like to help them. So much for the thanks.

    Can anyone relate? I can't imagine things getting better. Hearing the first six to 12 months is the toughest isn't making it any better. Any suggestions?
    how frustrating...i hope it gets better for you.

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