Twelve babies on my Level II Unit...what do you think about this? - page 3

Hello, all! I am a seven-month old nurse, for those who don't know me. I float between a Level II transitional nursery and a Level III Neo-ICU. The other night, I showed up at work... Read More

  1. by   NICU_Nurse
    Thank you, all of you, for your wonderful advice and sympathy. I was feeling like major crap after all of that, and needed a couple dozen shoulders to cry on! I did submit an incident report and a letter to my supervisor, though from the response I got I am not holding my breath for much action. I am currently looking for employment at another facility, but unfortunately, no one seems to be hiring for NICU at the moment, so until then I will just have to deal with it and use it as a learning experience. As for my husband, well this is an issue too lengthy and too depressing to get into on this board, but let's just say that I'm feeling pretty lonely at present and have been spending waaaaay too much time on this board reading new posts in an effort to cheer myself. ;>) Thanks again for all of your support. I feel like you are all part of my family. I appreciate everything you've said.
  2. by   delirium
    :kiss
    Kristi:
    That kiss is for you... and I'm sending you many cyber hugs also. I hope you will find what it is you're looking for, both professionally and otherwise.
    It sounds like you definitely need a break....
    where are you again? I'll bring the beer and some cool people and we'll have a party just for you.
  3. by   NurseAngie
    Well Girl,

    You work at a well known hospital (no, I'm not even from New Orleans, but I have heard of your hospital!) and it's major busy all the time. You couldn't leave because they didn't even tell you the conditions in which you'd be working until AFTER report was given probably. All in all ...stand back and look at what you've endured....if you aren't a super nurse, then I don't know who is. :kiss Sorry about you crabby hubby and the villains who broke into your car...some days are just straight from the pit...what can ya say about it? You did the best you could and I'm sure you have learned a lot about yourself in the process. Now....Don't let them do that to you again


    Take care~Angie
  4. by   mark_LD_RN
    kristi you need to look for a better place to work, no place should dump on you like that. i know it has happened to me way to many times it is very dangerous for you and your patients. hope i never end up at that hospital.

    as far as the husband goes, you should not tolerate that ever,kick him where it hurts.

    I hope this is not how you really think All men should be treated
    "A man is like a fine wine. He starts out raw, as grapes do, and it's a woman's job to stomp on him and keep him in the dark until he matures into something she'd like to have dinner with."
    because unfortunately no matter how much you stomp a person they usually wont change
  5. by   Nurse Smiley
    Dear NICU Nurse,

    It is 7/2007 and I have read your nightmare experience in the NICU! I am so sorry that all of this happened to you! I trained as a student nurse in the NICU last year for a few weeks. My assigned RN told me to get at least one year of Med/Surg experience before applying in the NICU for comfortability and safety on all levels if it is my desire to work NICU.

    I totally give proper kudos to you for managing such an incrediblely stressful and potentially dangerous situation. The blessings were with you that night.

    Also, I am impressed and love the support of the other nurses to you. I am a five month nurse and I have definitely learned from your experience. Thank you for sharing your experience with us and it is certainly an eye opener for us newbies!

    I am an LVN and please know that alot of us would have functioned well with you, had more confidence in ourselves and been able to properly assist you in the NICU! I copied your posting and sent it to my NICU instructor, who is an absolutely wonderful instructor and person. I will be curious to hear her perspective on your NICU experience.

    I hope that you read this thread someday and post what happened in the aftermath.

    Peace to you NICU Nurse,
    Nurse Smiley
    Last edit by Nurse Smiley on Jul 17, '07 : Reason: Took away the Paragraph markers etc.
  6. by   tntrn
    [QUOTE=nellDo you have a union? That's where we get our "assignment despite objection" forms that at least give us some protection if something happens to a patient because of inadequate staffing. I read somewhere on this forum that some facilities have staffing ratios built into their contracts.[/QUOTE]

    I'vew used the term "shift from H*ll" many times, but you've redefined it. Man, oh, man!

    We have an Unsafe Staffing Report form which I encourage nurses on my unit to fill out. Others are right. You MUST take the time, while all this is fresh, and do some kind of written report. And it needs to go to: your nurse manager, your DON or CNO or whatever they call it at your place, Human Resources, AND don't forget the big cheese: the CEO. They all get a copy and you must retain one as well. If you have a union, get them involved ASAP.

    I heard last night that our Nurse Manager is telling our nurses that if they fill out one of our forms, it will mean the end of our 1:1 labor nursing ratios. I'm telling them that is a threat. Once our paitents get their epidurals (and 90 percent do) and that same 90 % are on pitocin also, they become 1:1's if they weren't already.
    My stance is that if there's no report, then the problem never existed and that's why they don't want a paper trail.

    Don't let them tell you they had nobody else. Call that DON or CNO. That's right. Wake them up and let them find you help. Get those sorry med students in there for some hands-on learning. If you have med students, you must have residents on duty as well. And they needed to see what you were up against. It will make them better doctors if they've been in the trenches with you. (Thirty years here of working with residents. There are those who know the nurses can teach them stuff they'll never learn in school and those who think they are so above that information. Doesn't take long to figure out who is in which group.)

    You've got our support here, and I think you deserve, no make that earned, a long and very expensive bit of time at a day spa!

    Bless you. But I agree: don't let this happen again.
  7. by   JaneyW
    Quote from NICU_Nurse
    Thank you, all of you, for your wonderful advice and sympathy. I was feeling like major crap after all of that, and needed a couple dozen shoulders to cry on! I did submit an incident report and a letter to my supervisor, though from the response I got I am not holding my breath for much action. I am currently looking for employment at another facility, but unfortunately, no one seems to be hiring for NICU at the moment, so until then I will just have to deal with it and use it as a learning experience. As for my husband, well this is an issue too lengthy and too depressing to get into on this board, but let's just say that I'm feeling pretty lonely at present and have been spending waaaaay too much time on this board reading new posts in an effort to cheer myself. ;>) Thanks again for all of your support. I feel like you are all part of my family. I appreciate everything you've said.
    Become a travel nurse ASAP and come to California where we have staffing ratio laws and a shortage of NICU nurses. Come alone and that may help with the start of solving the husband issue as well . You wouldn't be the first travel nurse to be getting out of a bad situation. I have seen some distance work wonders for some who end up relocating permanently and become much happier. Teaching hospitals in July are almost unworkable. I hate July at work. Wishing you better nights in the future. Maybe you need a crappier car that the vandals won't touch? I walked out to the parking structure after a long night last year. Every car in my row had windows smashed out excpet mine. I guess they weren't interested in old soda cups and a box of tissues from my old minivan!

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