i'm sure some may not agree with me, but hear me out.
we have a pregnant nurse on our floor. it's an oncology unit- full of pts that need chemo. many of the others have some kind of infection (mrsa, vre, cmv, whatever). so prego 'can't take' any of the above pts. but for some reason, all those who have been pgregnant in the past did not have such modified assignments. i hope i do not sound cruel. and of course, most of us will not purposely assign her all of these pts (but some may want to at this point b/c she's really taking advantage of this, imho). it's just getting to be a real pain. so of course, i get a chemo pt the other night, a +vre, an (old) cmv+ pt, a line-infected (unspecific) pt., plus two more pts (she actually got one less pt. than i did. and two of my pts. are post bmt, which sually means higher acuity. unfortunately, on this unit, we do not have enough nurses to assign pts by acuity, so it's split down the middle (and i got one left over
so i want to bring this up to my nm because i'm kind of getting tired of it (by the way, prego is lazy and a complainer too). besides, she does nothing to help anyone else on the unit. she actually gets other people to 'help' her (out of sympathy, i guess) :angryfire . i know i'm not the only one who feels this way, but i'm not sure if others are willing to say something either (you all know how that is). but what i want to know is does she have anything in her defense? like will she come in with a doctors note. in the past, i've heard nms say there's no such thing as a light duty. would i be out of line to suggest that she should get the extra pt, because the acuity of hers end up being lighter? i really hate to complain, as there's so much of that going on on this unit already (and she'll just complain even more after this). but it seems that the squeaky wheel always gets the grease, and i'm feeling rather dry right now.