GUYSS I need help really bad because I think I am going crazy.
Today I thought I was going to just turn in my badge and say goodbye to nursing. I work in a small 102 bed-long acute hospital, the ones where you will have patients for months.. well, There is this patient who has a daughter that got the nickname of the "beast". She wants only certain nurses to be the only ones to take care of her daddy, and certain CNA's and RT's and guess what?? the hospital mgte. lets her do it!!!!
Can they do that??? say ok, such and such are going to take care of your dad all the time???? I got so mad because she did not want the CNA assigned today to take care of the patient. I am one the RN's in her "good list" and I told her over the phone that I will take care of her dad when I am ASSIGNED I will NOT take care of her dad IF she asked the charge nurse or whoever to PUT me in the assigment. I've been in that section for almost 3 weeks now and I think is getting out of hand. The lady is not even on her right mind, she is on antidepressants or something, but I was so upsed I ended up crying. My supervisor is the biggest idiot, she will NOT STAND UP for the nurses and that was the most frustrating part of the day. I will talk to the administrator because I don't believe of this system of family members requesting nurses. I am not a private duty nurse!!!
thank you so much for letting me vent, I love this site
Sep 15, '02
Sometimes leting patients take so much control over certain aspects of their care makes their demanding controlling attitudes worse. There are other ways to let pt's have control over their care... than by having control over staff. This sounds like a difficult situation, but I can't see anything *illegal*....
Do you have a union or some other group that represents the interests of nurses at your facility... Or perhaps this could be discussed at a staff meeting. If you all stand together and tell the manager the devastating effect this has on morale and your ability to give GOOD care, maybe together your words would have more weight?
I also agree that this is part of the bigger picture of how this manager treats staff and you need to think about what kind of workplace you want to work in, as well as what type of pt care you enjoy. A happy workforce is a productive workforce....
Last edit by pebbles on Sep 15, '02