I work steady 3-11 in a LTC facility. Just noticed that the 1st of the month, all the dayturn treatments were put on afternoon turn along with all the 11-7 catheter changes. When I asked the DON why this was done, she said it was because dayturn was too busy and midnight shift didn't have time. Well, HELLO...what about afternoon turn? We do the exact things that dayturn does except in reverse along with the added pressure of more family members, MD's that aren't in their offices and pharmacy that doesn't answer after hour calls....very frustrating...any thoughts, ideas, solutions???
Aug 4, '03
ok let me step onto the soap box again. my unit has no tech nor secretary, so I get to do these deeds. We also had 6 vents, & one IABP last nite, so guess who got to do all the baths???? (did I mention that my pt went bad & had to be intubated? so that was 2 hours of one on onw, & that I had an femerol art line to d/c so those q 15" x4, q30" x 2, then q hours check during this time--& he had copd so he need updrafts, tried to get out of bed) yup, nites, with 4 nurses. (nine critical pts.). days shift says "we pass trays, well since when do INTUBATED pt's eat???? I did take an eaten tray of a pt who has been intubated since admit to the dirty utility room last nite. wonder who ate it? family can't just stay in our unit....maybe it was our day staff?? anyhoo, it gripes me to continually hear the arguement. when I was on days, everyone got to got to the deli for breakfast & lunch. nites has not that chioce. nothing is open, you either order out or brown bag. I work 12's & I don't leave my dept except to run to a code, or go get meds & MAR's from pharmacy. Our staffing is so short I dont' trust them enough to leave for a 30 min break. Not to mention, nites are also supposed to "clean up the unit". What is up with this? isn't that housekeepings JOB!?
enough about nites being slow & nite staff sleeping. I don't take a dinner break & I don't smoke, so I run my legs off keeping people alive. lets just all agree, NURSING IS BUSY, & stop with the shift crap. nuff sed.
Last edit by healingtouchRN on Aug 4, '03