Er Nurses - page 4

by mamason | 2,548 Views | 33 Comments

Just wanted to say, I thank you for what you do. Even though I think that sometimes you have no idea what I do, I.....in the same sense, don't understand exactly what hurdles you are up against. So, if I ever anger you, or offend... Read More


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    Quote from Nightcrawler
    This happens all of the time at my hospital- usually when someone other than the nurse that is taking care of the patient is calling report. This is why I would like to get report myself from someone who has actually seen the patient. If you are just going to read the computer- then I could do that more efficiently myself- I want to know what is happening for the patient, and what I can expect when they hit the floor.

    obviously we all have the things that drive us crazy, and probably all of our complaints are valid. We have to remember that we all work in different hospitals, with different ED policies, number of beds, average number of people in the waiting room etc...
    true - if the ER nurse hasn't provided what you need (IV location, fluids, how much infused, u/o, meds provided) than just ask - and if all that ER nurse has is computerized documentation to provide to you because she walked in the door and it was dumped onto him (or her) than you have to just roll with it. It happens. The floor RN CAN say, how about an IV? Any meds? not too hard.... and if many of you are experiencing ER nurses who can't provide you that, than I question where you work! I've only worked in two, but it is standard to provide those interventions in report....
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    Quote from MassED
    I wouldn't think most would call report without admission orders in hand - what about "now" orders that could be written... we can't call report without orders in hand, just an FYI
    You may not be able to call report without orders- but it happens at my hospital all of the time. The ED doc decides to admit, the ED asks for the bed and pages the resident to write orders. Often the ED will call admit as soon as the bed is assigned, but before the resident has even arrived. I have received patients as much as 4 hours after report was called because the residents were backed up- this will happen to someone on my floor at least once a week. In the two years that I have been at this hospital I have only received an updated report on one of these patients once.
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    Residents are kind of a pain in the ER. Only because they are slow and being fast is the name of the game in ER. It is very frustrating to have report called, chart copied, monitor off,.ready to roll and the resident shows up "let me take a quick look at Mr Jones before you go",.he/she spends 10 min with the pt,..45 min with the chart in hand trying to talk to the ER doc,.another hour, chart in hand, on the phone with his/her cohorts and then spends 45min writing orders,..aarrggghhhhhh,.in the meantime the floor nurse has unecessarily delayed her lunch/complicated drsg change/assessment of isolation pt etc because I told her we'd be right up!!:smackingf
    Roy Fokker, NewbieEDRN, and MassED like this.
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    Quote from RN-Cardiac
    Residents are kind of a pain in the ER. Only because they are slow and being fast is the name of the game in ER. It is very frustrating to have report called, chart copied, monitor off,.ready to roll and the resident shows up "let me take a quick look at Mr Jones before you go",.he/she spends 10 min with the pt,..45 min with the chart in hand trying to talk to the ER doc,.another hour, chart in hand, on the phone with his/her cohorts and then spends 45min writing orders,..aarrggghhhhhh,.in the meantime the floor nurse has unecessarily delayed her lunch/complicated drsg change/assessment of isolation pt etc because I told her we'd be right up!!:smackingf
    Same here! Just had an intern that came down to see my patient after I'd already faxed report with temp orders written by the ED doc. I was like "nope, she's about to go up." And she did. The intern took forever to come see the patient, so now he can go to the floor and see the pt. We need our beds for people out in the waiting room!


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