There's a Mousetrap In My Med Cart - pg.6 | allnurses

There's a Mousetrap In My Med Cart - page 6

As some classmates in our RN nursing program gathered around in a small group this morning, I sided up and listened to a story that quickly carried me back in time when I was a newly licensed... Read More

  1. Visit  Maremma profile page
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    Very good story! When I was in training after being put in my LPN position I was pulling my hair out trying to stay in that window too. My "trainers" all kept telling me "it can be done" "You'll figure out ways" "You'll get used to it" But none of course would come right out and speak the truth about HOW they were actually getting done in time.
    It didn't take me very long to figure out some of them are doing a lot of "shadey" stuff to get done in time. Some worse than others of course. My strong ethics are surely what is going to be "the end of my nursing career" I REFUSE to do what the worst of them do.
    I have found things signed for for days that weren't even opened yet. (HOW exactly are they getting the pills out of a sealed box to give them?) People's blood sugars through the roof but only after specific nurse's have been on.(why is the patient only an "unstable diabetic" for one nurse?) Meds signed for that aren't even there from the pharmacy yet and we do not have in the E box? Wound dressings that still have my date and initials on from the last day I worked? Signed it was changed. The list goes on.
    I more often than not am working "out of compliance" for both my med passes in my shift. I do try to take the mouse traps out of my med cart but then I come back after being off one day and find six more! It surely is an uphill battle to try to stay in compliance and I feel even more hopeless to be able to do everything expected in 8 hours.
    I feel so bad for anyone starting school that is not told the truth before they sink all that hard work time and money into school.I most likely would not have even bothered if I was told the truth about what is actually done to stay in time compliance vs what is really suppose to be done. I knew who I was before I started school and would have known from the gate that I am not "the right type of person" for this job.
    I am just waiting for the bomb to drop on my head for all the "unauthorized overtime" I am forced to do to actually DO the things that are required by law and facility that I do every day. In the past four months I have only gotten done on time twice!
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  2. Visit  kesmarn profile page
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    Meanwhile, the CEO of one chain of nursing homes (headquartered in this town) makes an income of $28,000,000/year off of the blood, sweat and tears of people like us. This level of income should be ILLEGAL. It is money taken from OUR tax dollars: Medicare and Medicaid, for the most part.

    Strong government regulations and strong unions should make horror stories like this a thing of the past. I do appreciate your gentle humor in recounting this episode, but in reality it's more scary than funny.
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  3. Visit  GitanoRN profile page
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    Quote from maremma
    my "trainers" all kept telling me "it can be done" "you'll figure out ways" "you'll get used to it" but none of course would come right out and speak the truth about how they were actually getting done in time.
    i applaud you for refusing to do what others do wrong in their practice....aloha~
  4. Visit  Maremma profile page
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    Meanwhile, the CEO of one chain of nursing homes (headquartered in this town) makes an income of $28,000,000/year off of the blood, sweat and tears of people like us.

    HOLY SMOKES!~
    Kesmarn Can you tell me how to find this type of information out for my own facility?


    I have to assume it is the same type crap here. I am currently looking for a position in a faith based facility around here because most of them are "not for profit" and the people that work there are happy to go to work every day vs those of us working at the "for profit" facilities that are sick to the stomach wit fear to go to work. Of course it is a long wait and hard to get into these facilities because the turnover is so low. You have to wait for people to retire! LOL

    I got a call today from the scheduler at work. She says "I'm sorry" I have to do this to you again, but you are working as an aid when you come in tonight. SORRY? LOL I did laugh out loud. I was RELIEVED by that message on my phone! One less day that I have to clock in this week and be afraid it is my last.
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  5. Visit  GitanoRN profile page
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    Quote from maremma
    i got a call today from the scheduler at work. she says "i'm sorry" i have to do this to you again, but you are working as an aid when you come in tonight. sorry? lol i did laugh out loud. i was relieved by that message on my phone! one less day that i have to clock in this week and be afraid it is my last.
    first of all, i would like to say i'm truly sorry that you're having to go through this. however, just like you stated on your post above at least you're still on payroll, i have dear colleagues of mine that are rn's & they have been out of job for over 1year and half. having said that, please try to hold on for as long as you can, or until you can find yourself a better job. wishing you the very best in all of your future endeavors as i send you a hug from across the miles....aloha~
  6. Visit  adventure780 profile page
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    yeah I totally could relate to this article but my supervisior isn't as nice. I have dinning room duty like every day that i work so I lose time with that too, so I am always running behind. It is not fair they need to rotate the timings.
  7. Visit  GLORIAmunchkin72 profile page
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    "By law, the medication nurse isn't supposed to be helping patients to the bathroom while passing meds"

    That is news to me...
  8. Visit  adventure780 profile page
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    Yeah only when the state is there do our higher ups actually follow the rules and let us focus on med pass, otherwise we get our butts kicked for not helping
  9. Visit  Li'lRedHeadRN profile page
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    Every day I play beat the clock and the clock always wins!! I don't know how other nurses finish so quickly but I suspect they are taking shortcuts I refuse to take. So I just do the best I can and vow to be faster next time..
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  10. Visit  adventure780 profile page
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    I have been playing the same game only a few times will I win, most of the time the clock wins
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  11. Visit  St_Claire profile page
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    I love the story on this page, it details my typical day perfectly.
  12. Visit  NunyaBizzness profile page
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    News to me too...it must just be ​her facility's policy/procedure. Possibly for sanitary reasons or infection control?
  13. Visit  nurse4lyfe37 profile page
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    yes, that is so funny..the beating the clock thing...me too! every day I pray and try to beat that clock. it's crazy, i'll feel like I'm on a roll and might actually do it because it seems I've passed meds to about 20 people, then I'll say to myself wow, I only have a few left..res a, b, c, d, oh yeah and e, oh wait, there's still f, g, h, and I...oh and j, k, and l. Oh wow, I'm not even halfway done!!!!!


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