I am a nurse-not a mindreader

  1. So I am running a team with 9 patients, 2 new admits come up from ER. Med/Surg with no aides. One patient has q1hour neuro checks, One drug addict who overdosed and I am trying to keep a close eye in case she needs any more narcan. 2 demented patients who pull out their IV's and keep trying to climb out of bed. One CHF patient who is a DNR-CCA and her lungs sounds are getting worse. One new admit is a closed head injury with CHF and needs assistance with everything. So far OK.

    The second admit (5 minutes after the first has arrived from the floor) is dx with hypokalemia. Every two hour vitals. Needs everything-foley not put in in ER. Wrong IV fluid. Needs a KCL bolus that I must make up and there is no NS on my floor or the next floor to mix it up. Also must hunt for a pump to run it. So I beg borrow and steal to get everything she needs. It is night shift so we do labs until 5:30 a.m. She arrives at 3 am and her second set of cardiac enzymes were due at 1 am an ER didn't do them. I get them. I put her orders in the computer. She is scheduled for 6am labs CBC,BMP, Mag level ect.....

    Fast forward to 5:30 am and the admitting doctor makes his way up to the floor to check his patient and says "Could you come here and look at this" as he is reviewing the order sheet. I come over and he starts to scold "I wanted these labs done when she arrived on the floor" "Really?" I say. "Because the order reads (as I point to the order sheet) CBC, BMP, Mag level qam. And as for policy, qam labs are drawn between 5;30 and 6:00 am." He looks at me as if I have grown another head and then says "But I wanted them when she arrived on the floor."

    Then he says very condicendingly "What do I need to write to get something done when a patient arrives on the floor with you as their nurse?" I think to myself &*^%$#@ but say "you could write now, or stat instead of qam". He looks at me again as if I am a moron and I know, I just know that he does not get it. Then he takes me to another chart for a patient that I requested 2 point soft restraints for after the third time they pulled out their IV. This patient is on a special bed because he crawled over the rails during day shift and took a nasty fall and by the way-his toes have gangreen and I am hoping they will not fall off during my shift.

    Doctor says "I would appreciate more documentation for the need of restraints when you ask for an order for them." Really? Because the nurses notes read "confused, combative, attempting to crawl over railings of bed'. Next entry "Pulled IV cathater out, confused." Then charted the next IV started. Another entry on taking the second IV out. All that is missing is the third IV pull out that I have not yet documented but will. So I review with this doctor what has been charted and of course I will document the last IV pull out. (After I am done washing my hair in the patient's bathroom lol). Anyways..............Some days just stink like that. Thanks for letting me vent.
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   Nurse Ratched
    Originally posted by Rapheal
    (After I am done washing my hair in the patient's bathroom lol).
    I know your shift was lousy, but you made my day with that line! :roll

    Raphael, sounds like you did EVERYTHING humanly possible. The doc can bite your (and my) butt.
  4. by   oramar
    It amazes me how you managed to avoid making an obsene jesture at the guy. As I have freqently noted, after doing a incredible job caring for a difficult group of patients, you will find that there is always someone waiting to slam you for something stupid. They should be showering you with praise and gifts but instead someone manages to dig up some little crappy detail and climb up your butt. I will shower you with praise anyway, I will sent gifts if you want, those patients got terrific care and it takes a nurse to know it.
  5. by   jnette
    Originally posted by oramar
    I will shower you with praise anyway, I will sent gifts if you want, those patients got terrific care and it takes a nurse to know it.
    Wow.. ditto ! Good for you. And don't fret about the looks he gave you... YOU know who the moron is ! Hugs to you, Kiddo !
  6. by   oramar
    I want to add that you sound extremely professional, competent and you have a sense of humor.
  7. by   canoehead
    What a blooming dingbat. You were superhuman to get them all through the night in one piece. Especially the gangrenous toes, and he should fall on his knees and thank you for it. As should whoever staffed that joint and sent you the two admissions. Great job.
  8. by   purplemania
    tell him you could read his mind if he would give you more material to work with
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    YOU ROCK! don't change a thing about yourself. Now go WASH YOUR HAIR in a NICE HOT BATH.... NOT With HERBAL ESSENCES either (rofl)
  10. by   happystudent
    Originally posted by purplemania
    tell him you could read his mind if he would give you more material to work with
    :roll :roll :roll
  11. by   Rapheal
    Oh my gosh!!!!! Thanks for the beautiful things you have all said. This is the most appreciation I have gotten since I started to work at this hospital. I am going to take a nap now and I will go to bed feeling good. Thanks so much!!!!! (kisses all the wonderful kind people who wrote).
  12. by   live4today
    Originally posted by purplemania
    tell him you could read his mind if he would give you more material to work with
    :roll :roll :roll



    Nursing at its' finest!

    A day on the job like that is what I call REAL acuities in action, but......who is taking notice?

    Acuities on paper don't begin to represent what we really do for patients, and all the crap we put up with from docs who think the sun was born from their bellies, and lives to shine on them and them only. :chuckle
  13. by   jemb
    I remember some shifts like that. Acouple of times in the middle of a doctor's tirade, I slapped myself on the forehead and said "I knew I should have taken that class on mindreading!" Didn't faze the moron docs, but made a couple of nurses chuckle."

    You did well to keep your cool.
  14. by   marcyga
    a lay person saves a life and they are a hero, nurses save lives everyday and we are just nurses. Give yourself a big pat on the back, sounds like you did a great job. Keep up the good work, and let the other roll off the back.

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