I went into work last night (11-7), we admitted a new Lady (late 80s) the day before. Poor thing, I almost cried looking at her. She had been living in AL and had fallen, ending up in the ER. I walked into the room & her eyes were like saucers,(
) she was moaning (denied pain) wringing her hands and/or cluching her arms around herself. I don't understand why someone, anyone hadn't called for Ativan or something to help her (
). This type of anxiety is not healthy, sometimes I wonder just what goes on in peoples minds that they can let a patient suffer in such a manner. Dr's dont want us calling for (what they think is) "non-emergencies" (
). Aside from the fact that we now have to contact Dr for the order, contact pharmacy to relay order, wait for Dr to fax order, wait for pharmacy to call with new order number, before we can open the Emergancy Kit to retrieve the drug. At night this can take hours, if the covering Dr/NP/PA has a fax machine in thier homes, if they don't we have to wait until morning to get the needed number. In the mean time poor LOL lays in bed scared out of her mind.
I understand that the 7-3 & 3-11 shifts are busy, I have worked both, but they also know it's alot easier (& faster) to get orders on thier shifts than mine. When I questioned the 7-3 shift, the nurse said she had noticed the fear the day before, never explained why she didn't talk to Dr about it then. I guess I'm just whining.