This is a Vent, nothing I can do to fix it, so I'm letting steam off here so I don't say something that might land me hot water. Grrr.
You know how it is in a lot of places, each shift thinks that they are the hardest done by. Often, nights is the poor stepchild of the shifts, stuff gets left for them to do because "we have more time." There's also the misconception that there isn't a lot of work to do.
Add to that some nurses who are very judgemental and feel that you should do things their way, even if they aren't there. Then, add to the mix, the "*I* wouldn't have done it *that* way" when you give report.
Next time, I'm just going to say, "listen, YOU were not there. *I* was. I made a nursing judgement well within the parameters of my job. I chose to follow the course I chose because it was the CORRECT one to do at the time given the circumstances that presented. I don't give a flying fig if the patient never acts that way on days or evenings, HE DOES ON NIGHTS."
Ok, I think I feel better now.
The whole post probably doesn't make much sense, but it was surprisingly cathartic.
Jan 7, '07
Quote from TazziRN
I absolutely understand also. I think my response would be to shrug and say "Okay, but I did!" No insubordination if the person has seniority, no flippant attitude, nothing you could get "talked to" about.
We're lucky here. I've never heard of write ups and stuff until I started reading this board. It's just not an issue we have. Obviously, if we do something really wrong, our superiors will act and, if it's bad enough, there will be a letter of discipline, but they are few and far between. This isn't just one place, I've worked in acute care hospitals and rehabs. I was a nursing supervisor for a while, as well as an instructor, so I've seen pretty well all ends of the spectrum.
In the situation I'm in now, the vast majority of us started in the residence when it opened four years ago and there is no seniority. The nurses who started last year are at the same level as those of us who started when it opened.
Last edit by clemmm78 on Jan 7, '07
: Reason: clarity