My stupidity.... Am I an idiot or not....

  1. I'm feeling totally dazed and confused... serious overstim 3 or so... Why? I hear all you wonderful peoples ask, most caring, some just wanting to hear a good story...

    I'm doing a wonderful 7 shifts in 6 days routine this week... tomorrow is day 6, the last day of this mess...
    I was originally set up to do 4 in a row, then I traded to do 5 in a row, which is doable.... they're 8hr shifts.... then I had to arrange for 6 on in a row... something big popped up, and I needed to arrange days real fast...

    day 1 was a breeze... my patients were ok... 3 total knees, 3 brain injurys, one hip, one hiv+ with decline, and one intractable lower back pain... a sad way to look at my patients... but, for this occasion it works well... got a potty run break, and my dinner... spiffy!
    day 2 was the same... not too bad... pretty good really...
    Day 3 on the other hand... Same patients... followed the lasiest nurse on the unit... she knows she is gonna be retiring next year, so she isint really in the caring modeality now... bad report but I culd deal with it, extra treatments to do... Again I could deal...
    Night 3... MANDATION... I stayed over... a hideous night over... Rehab is quiet at night, so I really didnt mind... alot of paperwork... but... this aide kept talking and talking and talking to me... something about her sexlife that I didnt want to know... I dunno... then... I did my busy work...
    Day 4... TIRED and WASTED... Lots of yawning... the dude with HIV finally chooses to open up and talk to me...he said that he was amazed about how I treat him as a person, not like a criminal... he commented about how I didnt automatically put on gloves as I sat in the room to discuss his coctail meds--sigh... one of the brain injured pts chooses to finally try his relaxation techniques that nobody bothers to try to encourage as 'he's all f*d up from the stroke... he cant learn it...' I felt proud...
    Day 5... tired... just tired... functional... but tired.... I'm working alongside a nurse who speaks worse english than 3/4ths of the interns...she reads less than that...
    She barged into the hiv guy's room, and charged into the conversation I was having with him for a BS pyxis question that she could have gone to anyone else for... then wouldnt leave the room after I asked her to go see another nurse...
    THEN... as I was helping the brain injured guy with some guided imagry, she tromped into the relative peace of the room, and started to LAUGH about it... LOUD... i was mortified... the patients in question were mortified... I guess you had to be there..but what about pt confidentiality... oh well... hiv dude wont talk to me at this point... and clams up all embarassed every time she passes the room...
    Day 6.. more closely resembles day 3... crazy stuff though... admits and discharges that day shift didnt do... not really a biggie...
    day 7... a code followed by a DNR expiration... ON REHAB.... what the hell are we rehabbing them for-- the afterlife?oh well...
    I'm too tired to write more...
    sorry about the rant... if its not easily read, let me know...
    adios all!
    --Barbara
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   P_RN
    I hear you and I care. You sound like a wonderfully caring nurse, now stop this insanity and look after yourself. Seven shifts in 6 days......that is not wise at all...it's a wonder the brain fog hasn't moved in! Even at 8 hours a shift, that's 56 hours in less than a week's time. Your body and your psyche will burn out from overuse.....believe me, I have done it.

    Take care of you, OK?
  4. by   CashewLPN
    THANK GOD ITS OVER!!!!!

    I'm done... WOO HOO...
    I'm also very angry tonight after my shift's work.... but...I am buying my plane tix manana for my vacation in august...
    OFF... yay!
    --Barbara
  5. by   canoehead
    My Rx; get your shorts on and lie out in the sun for a nap and lots of fluids. Go somewher that has green trees and singing birds.

    You done good girl.

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