The Kind of Nurse I Don't Want to Be! - page 3

Hi All! As most of you know, I am currently working in a hospital as a phlebotomist while I am attending nursing school. Anyways, a few days ago I had to go into a room to draw blood on one... Read More

  1. by   CarVsTree
    I left the room and went to the nurses station and told the first nurse I saw, "Could you please come look at the guy in bed 12". Her response to me was "Thats not my patient, you need to find HIS nurse". I said "Who is his nurse"? The reply I got was "I don't know, I don't do assignments, nor do I babysit all of my co-workers." Then I said (no other nurses in site), "well who's ever patient that is I'm pretty sure he's dead".
    I don't see where the nurse did anything wrong. I didn't see why there was even a conversation about who his nurse is/was. If he was coding, I don't understand why you didn't yell that pt. was not breathing. Also, aren't you supposed to start CPR and call a code as a healthcare worker? In the hospital where I work, anyone that finds a pt. not breathing is supposed to call a code, don't have to be a nurse for this.
  2. by   angel337
    believe me, i understand what you are saying, but saying "come look at the guy in bed 12" is not enough reason for a nurse to break her neck to see what is wrong. when you become a nurse you will understand that. i agree that her response was rude, but overall she did react appropriately. i am a new nurse in the ED and i was a tech a long time before i became the "nurse" and my perspective is ALOT different than what it was when i was a tech. i love my job and don't regret it, but nurses have too many roles to play on a daily basis and you have to know who and what to prioritize. if you don't you will never get your work done and above all you could lose that precious license that you worked so hard far.
  3. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from suemom2kay
    I don't see where the nurse did anything wrong. I didn't see why there was even a conversation about who his nurse is/was. If he was coding, I don't understand why you didn't yell that pt. was not breathing. Also, aren't you supposed to start CPR and call a code as a healthcare worker? In the hospital where I work, anyone that finds a pt. not breathing is supposed to call a code, don't have to be a nurse for this.
    I highly agree with this... you don't have to be a "healthcare worker" in order to call a code. In our hospital where I'm a volunteer doula, we are encouraged to call a code if someone isn't breathing, is blue, etc. They feel that it's better to be safe than sorry. Codes can be called off.
  4. by   nursesrocks
    I think the nurse should have responded in a more "professional manner" I know I know she's only human but if i was her and I am not just about to get off my butt and service other patients, I'm gonna track down the nurse of that poor guy and have her check on him, I will try not to talk rudely to the phelbotomist and air all the dirty laundry about nursing. All my complaints about my work load should be reported to management and not be announced to the whole floor. Maybe by that time, the phelbotomist who watches me not get off my butt will finally feel the urgency of the matter, and finally scare me by saying I think the guy is dead. Of course, I'll get off my ass and check him out then. I'm just saying, nurses needs to learn to hold their tounge just like everybody in the business whether its healthcare or businessworld.
  5. by   amh
    does anyone have any views caring verses curing
  6. by   unknown99
    [QUOTE=Jen2]Hi All!
    Her response to me was "Thats not my patient, you need to find HIS nurse". I said "Who is his nurse"? The reply I got was "I don't know, I don't do assignments, nor do I babysit all of my co-workers."


    Whoa!!! If I ever heard one of my coworkers say "That is not my patient", they would be wrote up so fast, they wouldn't have time to get the words finished!!!! Once a nurse is on the clock, no matter if that patient is on her assignment, the patient is also her's (or his ) to help take care of!!! That is what team nursing is, and what being a nurse is!!!!
    I do not tolerate that!!!!
  7. by   Energizer Bunny
    I think telling her it was an emergency first thing would have been a good thing to do, but I also think that her attitude towards you could have been better in any case.

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