NOT a flamed response :angryfire , meant in a non-agressive mannor.
Hepatitis, TB, AIDS, MRSA, VRE, understaffed, can't teach you about your diagnosis and treatment, here... take your pills, my other patient is crashing.
Your family member was just admitted post arrest, vented on a wall full of drips, You're told by me, quick update, don't desturb them, 'DON'T touch anything ! I'm in charge with 3 vented patients and a brand new staff. Admissions is hunting me down to take a code on the floor, I've yet to see my two other patients, my nurses are drowning now. You call me because you've watching the TV (heart monitor) and it beeped!
Another family member, Three star alarm, room #3 has a HR of 30, and you stop me with the big red cart, angry that no doctor has talked to you in two days. My tech, tells you to leave, there is an emergency and you follow her to each room as she tries to clear out angry visitors, to help in a code, and you're demanding an update?
Need I say "open ICU visitation"?, a crowd pleaser at best!
I call the manager for more help, three patients out of ten on their heads crashing, and a balloon pump is sitting in the hallway from the cath lab. The cath nurse refuses to stay, "waited long enough", but you've not even transfered the stepdown patient out of their bed... wasn't a priority. There is not even a room for the pt. Manager tells me to "suck it up, there's no additional help". We need 7 nurses, we have 4.
New nurse left monitoring the patients while you code, insert TVP, IAPB at bedside tell you pressure in #1 is 50, with a deer in the head lights look.
You look at the clock, it's only been two hours since you've punched in.
Not an exaggeration, just a day at the valley.
How much?..... Not enough
Forget the $$$, I'm here to care for my patients, JUST LET ME BE ABLE TO DO THIS!. give me adequate staffing to give proper care for my patients period. The rest will fall into place.
Not an angry rant, just a day in my life, two hours actually. Again, if management provided adequate staffing, my current salary would be adequate. and I'm not even asking for a raise
Current conditions... write a blank check