I'm working as a tech right now 3-11 pm. I started almost 2 weeks ago and I feel like i can never get my work done.
My assignment sheet gives me 9 rooms to work with. I look for a critikon for 15 minutes, because they are nowhere to be found at first. When i find them, the battary is usually dead, so while I record vitals i have to plug and unplug each time. From 3-5 I do my share of discharges also.
I try to record my vitals on a notepad i have, because the charts are also gone, when i start my shift and are either used by nurses or docs.
At 4 pm i have to do my first FS. Out of 9 rooms i always have at least 3 people who are immobile or unresponsive, need to have rectal temps and the patients are usually soiled, so before i take vitals i have to clean them up.
At 5 pm i have at least 6 fingersticks to do.
At 6 pm, dinner comes and even though i get help to pass it out to patients, I still have to feed the immobile patients, unless the relatives are there.
At this point, i'm done with only half of my vitals and have even less recored in the charts.
and so on and so on.
I like what i'm doing, I will do anything that the nurses or patients will ask for, I never complain and i never stand around.
Yet, I can not get my job done on time. Sometimes i'm not done with vitals until 9 -10 pm.
I had a person by my side training me only for 2 days when i started. He was very good at what he did, but I feel I wasn't given enough information about how to organize myself better.
I asked different people about best ways of accomplishing my work and didn't get many helpful suggestions. I can't figure out what i'm doing wrong.
The other day, i was having a particulary difficult afternoon - , and a co-worker tech who started at 7 pm, basicly yelled at me in front of a big crowd of people for not emptying the dirty laundry bags into the dirty storage room.
At that time i was giving a woman a sponge bath, because she has been lying in a wet bed for 3 hours, then when i went to get some supplies, because the closet was empty, so when i walked out in the hall way, i walked right into that tech yelling at me.
It's not that i'm avoiding doing that, i was just slammed with work.
I know, my problems may seem minimal to some, but I take pride in my work, even if i am whiping someone's ..... and besides that I want to make sure that the nurses get the info about vitals on time to make thier assestments.
I would really apreciate some suggestions. The nurses on my floor has been very good to me, very patient and I want to be able to get to where i need to be.
thanks in advance for any uselful info.