are they just waiting for an assault??!? - page 3
this may come across as mindless venting but it really isnt...... I work on a med surg unit that of course gets many patients of the non med surg variety, I have come to accept this but right now... Read More
Aug 10, '02once again my heroes have come to the rescue!
I love you all ......
I did a lot of thinking about this situation last night/this morning and I typed up a nice pretty detailed letter that I will hand deliver to the head of nursing practice, to my unit administrator and to the chief of medicine......
I will also refuse this patient assignment on Monday night and will call the unit administrator on call if my in charge nurse on the floor gives me any kind of strife for refusing this patient.
I cannot ethically morally and comfortably take care of this person anymore and to say that I'm not frustrated and annoyed that I've had him as my patient for as long as I have would be a horrible terrible lie.....
there are nurses who have somehow managed to never have this patient on their assignment, interesting innit??
anyway if I still get no support I will speak with the union who are very active in my workplace these days
once again thanks for all your advice and support, whenever I'm beating my head against the wall with frustration everyone here seems to be able to talk some sense into me, *Hugs* :kiss
on that happy note, I do have ben affleck to think of, j - lo who?
Aug 10, '02Happeewendy.....SOCK IT TO 'EM, babygirl! :kiss
Let us know how things turn out. Meanwhile.......go rent yourself a Ben Affleck movie and get lost in it all weekend! :kiss
Aug 10, '02Good luck and hugs Wendy.
I expect to hear early next week that your plan of action has resulted in this patient being moved to an appropriate place. It is unbelievable what nurses are expected to contend with!
Aug 10, '02good job wendy! stand up for yourself! and....j lo and ben a was (is) weird to me. wasn't that a little quick moving chris out the picture one day then the next ole bennie? well, guess we can save that thread for the jlo/ben website!
take care wends!
Aug 11, '02What about calling in a "Sitter?" Tell your people to call me and I'll come and sit with this PT and keep'em on ice 'till he mellows out.
You be safe, happywendy, and listen to your instincts which are rightfully telling you to back off. Anticipate any hostile moves the PT can make, and walk lightly so as to be in a position to step out if the PT gets all bugged out. I wish I could offer more advice. Protect yourself, and listen to your visceral organs when they tell you something. :-)
Aug 11, '02Wait..did I miss something?? You have a union and we're having this conversation?? Why wasn't the first call to them?? What are you paying union dues for, if they aren't solving these problems for you???
Aug 11, '02I agree with jail, allow your union rep. to assist in your complaint. I forgot about this in my last post, now non-union.
Aug 11, '02I would like to add that when he threatens others he is an immediate candidate for chemical and physical restraints. Also would call the police to stand by the room for your own protection. And all this can be done by the nurse on the floor- with MD order when appropriate. Drug him up and tie him down. And let the police send large bills to admin for security.
Aug 11, '02Wendy,
Please let us know how this tale turns out. Also could you please clarify if your facility is currently unionized or are people in the process of trying to organize your facility.
Aug 11, '02((((wendy)))))
don't forget to find a professional to discuss your experience and fears with; you've been traumatized and just having it over isn't all of the answer. perhaps a "mental health day" or two is in order? get some rest. :kiss
Aug 11, '02hey guys, yes we have the union active in our hospital, ONA to be specific..... the ONA grievence rep is a nurse on the psych unit, I'm thinking of calling her , shes great but I wonder if she might not back up the idea of having him stay with us for the MRSA thing...the whole situation has me confused , angry, frazzled etc, I've been off this weekend, so I will write more when I go back tomorrow night to fill you in on if I was assigned to him and how they took my refusal of the assignment and who I sent the letter I wrote to etc......I'm gonna make some phonecalls tomorrow during the day to get a heads up on what are the best routes to pursue in this one.....
mind you all of you have brilliant suggestions and I love you for taking the time to share them with me, for a brief moment there I was feeling bad to be resenting an obviously sick man, but I have my own personal safety to be concerned with too......