Quote from jrbl77
i have been very organized in the past. unforntunatley, i can't get back to that spot. i know what i need to do and how to do it. i can't get past the fact that i would not want to be laying in a pile of p--p or a wet bed. how do you say to someone, i can't help you. it often takes longer to find someone to help the person than to do the job yourself. several weeks ago, my aid was sent home at 1130 am due to a drop in the census. i was not told for an hour later. none of my patients could get out of bed by them selves, unless they were not supposed to and then they were crawling out of bed. several needed help with feeding. family members stand at the door and look at you and expect you to attend only to their loved one. when i first strted nursing, we were expected to do what ever was needed to be done- no questions asked. it is a hard role to break. i guess i am just tired of being everything to every body.
Your facility obviously has very poor working conditions and purposely understaffs, but that more and more, that is standard in nursing. With the situations I have seen in some hospitals/nursing homes, I don't even think Flo Nightingale herself could do a good job.
Is your job ones of those jobs where it is the night before you have to go to work, but you already feel behind?
I know the feeling. It is Sunday night and my shift starts tomorrow morning @ 0600, and I already feel behind. Thank goodness it's a travel contract, and I only have 7 weeks to go. At least there is a light at the end of this tunnel.
Every time you hear a pt say "Nurse?" does your heart sink because you know that whatever it is they want, you don't have time to do it, and you know you will get even further behind if you do and feel like crap if you don't?
I don't know of anything that can help other than maybe another and another and another job- and most of the time, that does not even help. When we wander from job to job as nurses we are simultaneously running away and desperately trying to run towards something which may not even exist.
I don't know what we can do, but you have my empathy and understanding.