Let me start by saying I have been nurse for 5 years, the nurse I am speaking of has been once since Nov. 06. She replaced me the other evening at 2:30pm but I thought I would be nice and help with the 2 new admissions she had received. BOY I GOT SHAFTED FOR THAT ONE......Anyway one of the admits was a bit fussy, want this, want that, not oriented to time nor place. She wanted to go to bed at 2 pm. Her daughters were there and both decided it was too early for that. I had assessed her head to toe, no dyspnea, WNL VS, few scrapes and tears from IVs and such. She was a left side hemiparaesis patient. Not a biggie. She had a Gtube with feedings, IDDM, small hole where a trach "had" been but otherwise no biggie. She stated while family in room and while roommate was there as well, "I cry if I don't get what I want." She had just had a pain pill prior to admission. She stated she was SOB shortly after I left the room: mind you this is app. 2:45 (15 min after the other nurse came on). I assessed 96% RA, no labored breathing, talking (yelling) just fine. I went to hunt up the neb equiptment for her but couldn't find the nurse. GUESS WHAT SHE WAS DOING?????? She was calling the Administrater to tell the adm. I wasn't giving a pain pill, being mean and refusing a breathing treatment to the new resident. The new nurse was Actually
bawling about it?~?~?~?~?~?
While I was busy doing what she should have been doing I was hauled down to the Assoc. adm. office and made to call the adm. to describe what I was doing. The adm called me a liar and said I never passed any info to the other nurse. That might have been fine and dandy but this other nurse is always too busy telling you she knows the owner of the facility. I have worked there over a year now. That is what the administrator held over my head. She states she has to file an investigation against me. I am at a loss for what to do.
Jan 1, '07
I agree make sure the family backs you up, cause the administrator and the nurse seem to have an agenda that is not going to be clear to you until you are explaining yourself to the BON. Dont panic but do take this seriously. Definatly try to get the family to make a statement in your favor , better yet if they will do it in writing.I have seen too many nurses set up to be fired this way, and some are fighting to prove their innosence to the BON.Dont let the administrator or the nurse know that you are getting a statement from the family, they will try to stop you, be careful.It is a darn shame that these things happen SO OFTEN .
Last edit by Simplepleasures on Jan 1, '07
Jan 2, '07
Quote from Ohmygosh
Just a nursing student here...but....
How would you go about getting the family to make/write a statement on your behalf? I mean...how would you approach the subject with a patient or their family if the patient is not oriented, etc. ?? It seems to me that it might appear that you did something wrong and that you are asking them to help you to "CYA"-- you know some people look for a reason/any 'ol reason to file a lawsuit.
You would need to ask the family that was there when she was admitted, I simply would be honest, ask the family if they had any problems or complaints as to how their family member was admitted, if they say no, ask them if they would mind talking to the administrator with you and telling him that, or even better putting it in writing.This nurse may very well be finding herself dealing with the BON, if she can get it striaghtened out before then, she will be the better for it.If the family had no complaints , there would be no reason for a lawsuit.This nurse may be the one that may actually find herself involved in a lawsuit IF her administrator fires her and reports her to the BON, for a false allegation.
Last edit by Simplepleasures on Jan 2, '07