Doing too much for your patients? - page 3

by Virgo_RN | 2,295 Views | 25 Comments

I'm beginning to feel that one of the reasons I struggle so hard to get my documentation done is that I am doing too much for my patients. For example, I did not get two of my systems assessments charted until after my shift had... Read More


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    Quote from Grace Oz
    Am I understanding that when report is given, it's not given to the entire incoming shift?
    Do you not all receive report together, at the same time? The team as a group hearing the handover?
    Report is given from nurse to nurse. We go to the report room and get our assignment, then go to the floor and get report from the off going nurse assigned to those patients.
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    Thank you for this information, NancyNurse08.
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    I became a nurse to provide direct patient care.

    I practiced nursing and provided direct patient care but...

    trying to do everything (bed-changes, feedings, treatments, charting, meds, teaching, etc,) became a disatrous balancing-act leaving me overworked, stressed-out and rageful...

    I NEVER finsihed my work on-time...

    Leaving an hour late with no lunch-break/no pay became a normal day...

    I began to HATE my job...

    So...

    I do ONLY what I can physically manage within the time frame of my workday which means...

    My practice is JCAHCO-friendly (Sorry, guys, documentation-FIRST---If it ain't written, IT AIN'T DONE);

    I inform the CNAs on the unit of the above so there's no misunderstandings about where the focus of my concentration will be (If they need my help, CALL ME and the job gets done);

    ALL the patient care gets FINISHED within the shift time frame and NO ONE gets overworked!

    If staffing is poor---SHORT-STAFFED MEANS SHORT-SERVICE!

    I NO LONGER PLAY THE MARTYR ROLE and I'm a happier Nurse for it!
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    You're welcome, Grace Oz.
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    Quote from NancyNurse08
    When I see the aide, I do this. However, there are many times where one can search the entire 65 bed unit for the aide and not find them.

    Our techs get cell phones just like we do. Do yours? If not, you might suggest it.
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    Quote from NancyNurse08
    When I see the aide, I do this. However, there are many times where one can search the entire 65 bed unit for the aide and not find them.
    Yeah I hear ya, I sometimes forget that I work on a 24 bed pod with two techs. I am very fortunate.


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