I know there are those of y'all out there who remember my posting nearly 2 years ago about my horrible job (see "Bait & Swithch tactics at New Job" 12/04) and my unbelievably obtuse manager. The lady who wrote me up for medication errors committed by night shift 2 hours after I left, who halved my orientation because she insisted she'd hired me a month earlier than she did, who paid me less than she'd promised, who gave me bad evaluations for multiple call-ins when I'd never done it even once, believed every rumor she ever heard and punished me for it while denying that she ever took action based on just hearsay...
Y'all know I moved on, kept my license, and went back to ER where I belonged and married my soul mate. Love ER, love this job. Well, brace yourselves for this.
We had an unbelievably horrendous night tonight. Chest pain and SOB pts waiting 4-6 hours in the WR, pts stacked up in the hallways, all of us taking extra patients. Every pt there needed hourly vitals, CT scans, accuchecks with sliding scales, multiple antibiotics, suicide watch, cardiac monitoring, and had no veins. I ran so hard for 13 straight hours that I swear I do not understand why I am not as skinny as a whip.
Took care of this very sweet, very sick gentleman tonight who complimented my every move. He marveled at his easy IV insertion, at my constant watch over his pulmonary status and repeated auscultation of lung sounds. Just a fantastic pt, the very kind we all love to care for, who truly appreciate all we do and put that appreciation into words. At some point he said, "I have a daughter who is an RN in (former city of practice)." I am from there, so I say, "Well, I might know her." And so this sweet precious pt tells me the very name of that sadistic, psychotic, demented, preying mantis from whom I escaped with license intact just a year and 9 months ago!!!
says, "You know how nurses are, she is on her way here because she just has to see how I am."
People, what are the odds of this? That this very same despot who so insidiously oozed her sadism into my life would resurface in same because her dad happened to choose MY ER on a day that I worked, AND happened to be assigned to one of MY rooms? I thought seriously of hiding under my truck until coaxed out with Valium. By the very grace of God and nothing less, she was detained in (aforementioned town >1 hour away) and was unable to show her heathen face in my ER tonight.
Say what you will, but now I really believe in the devil.