Hell Week (Vent) - page 2

And it's not even a full moon yet......... I'm sooooooo glad it's Saturday!! This past week has literally been the week from Hell at work.......every single day we've been bombarded with admission... Read More

  1. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Marla, you are one strong person. (that is such an under-statement I know). But, I stand back and berate myself when I complain, thinking of all you deal with and how you always handle things with grace. Your plate is always full. I know you are in a lot of pain, physically, too, with the kidney stone issu, on top of all this.

    Remember: Your gift is your kindness and strength and you radiate those even here online for all of us to see. I will be thinking of you this week and hoping after your litho is over, things really start to look up. Hang in there, girly.
    Deb.......that has to be one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me. :kiss I'm not really as wonderful as you make me out to be, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You made my day, my week, even my YEAR with this statement. Thank you, dearest.
  2. by   live4today
    Quote from Judee Smudee
    My facility just set a med/surg record for me. I had 12 patients last evening. Worst patient to nurse ratio I ever worked with on 3-11. I have been complaining about 10 patients and I guess they figured they would fix my wagon. Seriously thinking about retiring folks, maybe yesterday. :angryfire
    There AINT NO WAY IN HELL that I would take a med/surg patient load that large! :angryfire

    Nurses nurses nurses!!! PLEEEEZZZZ stop allowing the hospitals to abuse you....for your own sake, for your family's sake...for your career's sake! Abuse is against the law IN ANY FORM! :angryfire
  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    That level is totally unsafe, IMO........I know I run my butt off with 4-5 really sick, dependent patients, so I can't imagine taking a patient load two or three times that. It's one thing when people are 'walkie-talkies' and can do most things for themselves, but they're few and far between because you have to be so bloody sick to even get admitted to the hospital anymore. Just about the only relatively healthy patients we have are the post-ops, and they usually go home just as soon as they can eat, drink, walk, and pee. The rest of our lighter-care pts. are those admitted for kidney stones, chest pain, or out-of-control diabetes, and even THEY can go bad on you, needing immediate surgery or transfer to ICU.

    I know I shouldn't complain about my workload when there are so many nurses coping with far heavier assignments than I've ever even seen, but man, there are days when it's all I can do to get everything done without collapsing from sheer exhaustion, and some days I have to leave stuff for the next shift. (Which of course, I hate to do since they have more patients than we do and less staff to care for them.)

    Maybe I'm just getting too old and too slow to do this much longer.......Nobody's getting on my case about it, for one thing because I am fortunate enough to be liked by most of my co-workers, for another because I'm damned good at what I do. But I do worry about it, because I'm certain that higher ratios will one day come to pass at my hospital just like they have elsewhere, and I know I won't be able to keep up.......like I said, it's all I can do to give good care now. :stone
  4. by   warrior woman
    Marla, What Deb said. I said it before and I'll say it again. Your patients and your hospital are lucky to have you. PERIOD. Take that with you and leave the rest. Love you my friend.
  5. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from warrior woman
    Marla, What Deb said. I said it before and I'll say it again. Your patients and your hospital are lucky to have you. PERIOD. Take that with you and leave the rest. Love you my friend.
    Right back at ya, Theresa!! Good to see you on the boards again!! :icon_hug:

    I must say, I can't complain too much about my workplace........I have an excellent manager who treats us like gold, and one of our assistant managers is a go-getter who will actually get out on the floor and help out in a crunch. (The other is much better at telling us what to do than helping us do it .......I guess there's gotta be one in every hospital.) So I think I'm pretty lucky in that respect.

    It's been a nice slow weekend, with no place to have to be, and today we've had a surprise sunny day rather than the rain they were predicting, so I got to get outside and soak up a few rays. Amazing how just a little R&R (and some kind words) can change your perspective.........I'm almost ready to go back and do battle again tomorrow morning. Thanks, you guys!
  6. by   Judee Smudee
    Quote from cheerfuldoer
    There AINT NO WAY IN HELL that I would take a med/surg patient load that large! :angryfire

    Nurses nurses nurses!!! PLEEEEZZZZ stop allowing the hospitals to abuse you....for your own sake, for your family's sake...for your career's sake! Abuse is against the law IN ANY FORM! :angryfire
    At first we got 6 staff for a full house. Then it was 5 which was hard but we did it. Now for the second evening it is 4. You will be happy to hear that I have informed my manager that I am writing my resignation. Will be out of there is 2 to 3 weeks.

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