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- Dec 24, '12 by joanna73After reading many of these posts, I have to say...I'm very happy that Canadian hospitals don't cater to the patients and visitors to this degree, which is utterly ridiculous. Yes, our facilities are patient-focused, but nurses can actually do their jobs without fear of reprimand for not getting someone a drink of water first. I have 30 residents. If I have time to fluff someone's pillow or change their channel, I will. If I'm in the middle of a crisis, I will say, "Sorry, that isn't my priority. You will have to wait right now." Not fearing reprimand. Sheesh! The patient who is in medical distress will always have my attention first.
- Dec 24, '12 by barbyannQuote from BostonTerrierLoverRNlmao on the dibs and yes I think that way too.
(On a lighter note, one night I had a family member ask for an EXTRA pillow- I wanted to say soooo bad, "1432 is looking really bad peekid- if he goes- you have dibs on his pillow!")
I wonder if I'm the only one who thinks about that kind of stuff- like how many people have died under this blanket? This pillow? This bed? This room- no telling
- Dec 24, '12 by BostonTerrierLoverRNQuote from barbyannI like your Avatar! Yup, we'd get along. Nightshift definitely gives me way to much time to think sometimes!lmao on the dibs and yes I think that way too.
@Joanna-I didn't realize you were a Canadian Nurse!
- Dec 25, '12 by joanna73Quote from BostonTerrierLoverRNYes I am. Originally from Toronto, now living in the Great White North. I'm also on permanent nights, which is a world of its own. Re: your pillow comment, we actually start theorizing who's going to die next. Terrible nursing "humour" I know...but death comes in threes.I like your Avatar! Yup, we'd get along. Nightshift definitely gives me way to much time to think sometimes!@Joanna-I didn't realize you were a Canadian Nurse!
- Dec 25, '12 by NicodyQuote from PeepnBiscuitsRNRidiculous.(wait for it....) A CORPORATE P.R. representative! That's right! For the next however many weeks it takes, we un-enlightened nurses get to have a P.R. (could stand for public relations or patient relations, I don't know...same diff) rep shadow us on our shift, observing how we interact with our patients and offering critiques and feedback on how we are performing! WHAT A TREAT! You know, I'm surrounded by nurses who have worked on this unit since I was no more than a gleam in my parent's eyes, and I'm sure they know a lot- I'm sure, but when it comes to the real deal- I'll always look to the people in the snappy suits for knowledge. THEY know where it's at- and they've never even worked a day in their life as a nurse, now hey, that takes some talent right there, let me tell you!
I'm sure the patients appreciate it too- I know when I was a new mom when it came time for the nurses to squish my postpartum belly and pull down my undies, and help me waddle to the bathroom my thought was always "the more the merrier!"
Have I lost my nursing virginity? Is nurse PeepnBiscuits all grown up now? Never thought I'd see the day when I'd be so cynical, so jaded and so hard. It's a good thing I don't often speak my mind I guess. Since when has our unit come under scrutiny? Oh yes we have patients whine about nurses coming in to check them in the night- too bad so sad, I'm not going to let you hemorrhage tonight. Sorry! I'm also not going to let your baby have any number of things go wrong with him that could easily go wrong in the first 24 hours. We get complaints about the food- hey, guess what, I can empathize. I had both my kids here and I didn't touch a stinkin thing (except the cereal, you can't screw up boxed cereal) do you want me to go yell at the nutrition staff who aren't even there at 2 am?
I don't want some P.R. person tagging along with me. The person already held things up for the two people that were shadowed the other night! What makes it even worse is that these people who are shadowing are merely lackeys for the even bigger people who are just too awesome to step one shiny shoe'd toe onto a hospital floor- puh! Send the lackeys out to stay up all night long with the nurses while we get our beauty sleep. Perhaps I've always been this way and just didn't know it. I don't want someone telling me what words to say to patients and how to say them. I welcome constructive criticism, when it comes from a colleague who "gets it" or a patient who has to put up with me for 8 hours. I can't even PRETEND to smile and nod like a good little nurse when being told by someone who most likely doesn't even know what we're doing and why.
- Dec 25, '12 by rngolfer53Quote from hiddencatRNAssumes the advocate is bright and/or well-trained enough to know to ask.Advocate: "Hey hiddencatRN, can room 5 have water?"
HiddencatRN: "Sure, they can have water." or "No, they are NPO right now."
A very dangerous assumption, imho.
- Dec 25, '12 by rngolfer53Quote from BostonTerrierLoverRNDied under the pillow????????I wonder if I'm the only one who thinks about that kind of stuff- like how many people have died under this blanket? This pillow? This bed? This room- no telling
LOL, I work inpatient hospice, and for every bed/room/pillow, etc the answer is.......a lot.
- Dec 25, '12 by hiddencatRNQuote from rngolfer53Eh, this really isn't expecting that much. Our advocate is pretty slow and she manages to do this just fine. Our advocate was actually moved to that position because she wasn't able to pick up the other hospital job she originally had after a lengthy orientation and they opted not to fire her but find something else for her to do. It's not a nuanced or complicated directive to follow and I think you're all just being a little melodramatic about how dangerous it is to expect someone to learn to ask the nurse first without extensive formal education on that one point.Assumes the advocate is bright and/or well-trained enough to know to ask.A very dangerous assumption, imho.
- Dec 28, '12 by Firestarter_RNNo, I never thought that way Boston, but now thanks to you I probably will, thank!