Work was hell last night! I am 6 months pregnant and work at a LTC facility. I went to work and worked my regular 3-11 shift, running between two floors with 40 patients. I ran my butt off the whole shift, as most of us LTC nurses do, and was lucky to sit down for my 30 minute lunch break. The nurse that was supposed to come in to relieve me walked off the job because she didn't like the assignment they gave her. So, they made me stay for the whole next shift (16 hours total), working 3 floors with 60 patients-all after I had run my butt off the shift prior!
I like working with the geriatric population, but how can I like my job when the company I work for subjects their employees to such conditions?!
PS...thank GOD I didn't have to work today, because they would have expected me to come in for my shift!
Mar 4, '13
WldChrry---glad you got a doctor's note!!
calliou---thanks for explaining.....whoa! Lovely to make jokes about someone who is BEYOND tired. Not to mention, we've all read the studies that after 12 hours (I think that's correct), our judgement/ clarity/ and all that other "stuff" we need for good/accurate care has declined.
tktjRN---that's awesome! I honestly think that the DON where I'm about to start is very much like you (at least I HOPE she is...!!!)
I have a question for you, if you care to answer----this DON where I'm about to start working has been at this facility for many years. She told me the average stay for DON's in LTC is about 18 months----have you found that to be true?
Her long length of time there/ not to mention many nurses being there long-term was yet ANOTHER reason I decided this must be an "okay" (if not *GREAT*) place to work!
Last edit by nervousnurse on Mar 4, '13
: Reason: had to add more "stuff" :-)