Is This Nitpicking????? - page 2

Just a question. Am trying to keep humour about situation. Does what I do in twelve hour day matter related to life and death and patient/family care????? or as nurse following me tonight made... Read More

  1. by   Jenny P
    For the most part, I can understand that we all have busy shifts and there are times when we don't get things picked up and put away right. Having worked ICU for over 28 years, I am a firm believer in "ward order"--something about having to code pts. in the old days when there was barely room for the nurse between the beds. However, my work desk is usually a mess! I am frequently teased about being the "Rhythm Queen" because of all of the monitor strips I have on my desk-- I seem to catch just about any and all of the interesting rhythm strips my patients have (I work nights in CV-ICU).
    But I've followed one nurse who manages to have EVERY flat surface in a room covered with "stuff" and the patient is a mess also! I spoke with this RN once when she'd had a pt. that had a road trip for an MRI and had returned to the room at 9:30PM. The pt. had 2 gowns on-- 1 on each arm and doubled over across her chest, 3 draw sheets and 2 warm ice packs tangled up under her and again every single flat surface in the room was full, dirty towel and all. I was upset: she had finished her paper work and left the mess for me (and hadn't bathed the pt.--the dirty towel was from supper being spilt on it!). It took me 2 hours to clean up the patient and the room before I could do my own work. And this nurse thought I was being picky!
    Putting charts away in their "correct" place? As long as you aren't hiding them from the nurse following you, she probably shouldn't complain!
  2. by   micro
    jenny p, i certainly do hope to not be that kind of nurse that you describe. yiiiiikkkes!!!! you have a point and point to ponder. there is always different perspectives to everything!!!!! back to the old question???????

    just want to live at peace with myself and others,

    micro :d

    love you all!!!!!!!!!!!
    Last edit by micro on Nov 5, '01

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