Quote from pixie120
Ok, I will go gently here. I don't care what age a person is, not their creed, religion or their color. The only thing that I care about is, can they figure out how to answer a calllight. After that, the team can all work together to fill in the blanks. I hurt my back when I was a 19 year old CNA. I can pull up in bed, 2 person assist transfer and 1 person pivot transfer anyone. I will help transfer anyone. I put down my MAR (cuz we are NOT married) and I focus on the resident and my team. The rest comes with a team approach. I have seen very young, seemingly agile nurses apparently without movement below the waist, who move like slugs. I worry about them. I feel they will be enormous-ly dissapointed in the years to come. Who will give direct patient care if the RN's won't? I don't understand the mentality that has time to point out all the deficiences of their co-workers rather than mentoring and leading them. Am I wrong
I refuse to be a hero such as yourself because I'd actually like to avoid hurting my back like you did. No hospital will cover me if I'm reckless and try to be super nurse. Do you think your patient would risk their body and perform maneuvers which were unsafe? Yeah you go ahead and be super nurse. I'll pass. I haven't even had kids yet ii need my back. Let me help YOU understand the mentality..... I shouldn't be lifting patients by myself. I work in an ICU, not a nursing home, so my patient are sedated and are dead weight. Is it reasonable to expect me to do clean a 300 lb intubated patient by myself. That's not safe. Have you ever had a an ET tube migrate 2cm after washing ampatient by yourself? Well let me tell you it sucks. Reintubating a patient because it was my fault sucks
sO.... not a hero nurse, do work in SNF, encouraging all to work as team and not JUST focus on the task before us. I hurt my back in early 1970's working in a SNF, SNF's were really different then, no gait belts, no help, no teams. I mentioned it because despite this back injury, I am still capable of assisting the CNA's to do 2 ,3 or 4 person transfer up in bed, the rest is all hoyer lift, every facility in this area is now a no-lift facility. I am quite sure the ICU is different, but where are the teams that can help you, in the ICU? I have no idea if it is reasonable, in your hospital, ICU for anyone to dead weight clean, turn, transfer ICU patients. I wouldn't reccomend it, nor did I advocate that in my post. My other question is, what is the team situation that is available for you, in the ICU? I do understand your frustration, but I don't understand slamming the "super nurses" or me, for that matter. If you don't have enough help or a team mentality to move that 300 pound person, that is a problem. What I was specifically referring to, and my apologies for not making this more clear, was in the SNF arena, the nurses need to step up to the plate and help the CNA's do care, like turning the heavier patients side to side in bed, or up in bed, or whatever might be needed, maybe help with the hoyer lift. It just makes everyones job easier when we approach it from the team mentality, which is kinda a new idea/new frontier in SNF. (and exactly how so many of us DO have injuries from working prior to the no-lift SNF policies). And just because you are not GOING to do certain things (your perogative) doesn't mean that my choices are wrong or that as a nurse, you should slam me. I will take that title of super nurse though, cuz....I have earned it.