I get so angry when we are short a nurse or 2. The pts suffer and so does the nursing staff. I know our LTC wants to keep costs down, but the pts don't get proper care and nurses get burned out and quit or miss important charting. When we are short I am responsible for 29 residents and 4 rehab pts. I hv never been so stressed out. The DON & ADON know this and aren't doing anything about it. I really like where I work but I'm getting worn out. Our charge nurse was brought to tears last week bc we are all overwhelmed. Does this happen everywhere?
I'm dreading this week bc I know we will be short.
What is the deal with so many drugs we have to give in LTC? How come doctors prescribe ten or fifteen drugs for each patient? Does anyone pay attention to possible negative effects of mixing some drugs with others? It takes so much time, as an LTC nurse, to drag the med cart around and give so many pills. (We used to have a person that was not an RN giving the pills but his position was eliminated so now he cleans and turns residents q 2 hours.)
I guess it's about the money. (I'm being facetious, of course it's about the money.)
I bet that in Canada and Europe the long-term-care patients don't have to swallow 15 pills a day.
Last edit by multi10 on Mar 5, '13