Don't ya just love it when important info is NOT relayed to you in report??? AHN asks me this morning, "Did the Doc come and see our possible suicidal resident?" HUH??? :stone ughhhh....NO...We have one HERE??? Nothing written in the report book, nothing written on the 24 hour report, but according to the afternoon nurses, everything was quiet, and nothing new was going on. Well. I went into the computer and there it was in a nice big fat nurses note from the day shift. Nothing noted from evenings. How were we to know??? If this resident decided to do something and suceeded, we would have been hung out to dry to say the least...Oh the power of communication...
Aug 6, '02
There have been times I have felt info was withheld on purpose...a kind of passive aggressive game. Usually I ask the guilty party later "Did you forget to mention this patient was HIV and Hep C positive, or are you just an idiot??" I incident report these things, too, if I feel it necessary.....probably would write an incident report on the suicidal patient too. How negligent to not pass this type of info on to the next shift!!!!
Another pet peeve: GIVING report...to the younger inexperienced nurses who become impatient like 'Hurry up...this isn't important to me'...
Now..I give a thorough report...and also feel some obligation to TRY and teach some of the finer points of ICU patient management to our younger nurses...<sigh>
Well, sweet young thang, if you deem this data to be 'unimportant', so be it...but let me fill you in here, because it's my job to do so.... I have documented I've given full report to YOU ...so it's now YOUR responsibility....so have fun with this little list of 'unimportant' things I just told you..(like trends to watch in labs or vitals, etc...where I left a note to 3 of the patient's docs....they will want to know this info but I didn't need to wake them up at 6 am....... AND by the way, you WILL double check these parameters....because I WILL ask you about it when I come back on duty tonight.
(I know, I know.....I'm a mean old nurse, aren't I???
(Don't they teach nurses 'trends' in nursing school today...or is this just an older 'n dirt nurse thang...this watching of the trends????)
Last edit by mattsmom81 on Aug 6, '02