I don't know if it's just this agency, but there sure seems to be a lot of animosity toward the nurses by the office staff.
There is one staff RN (me), one LPN, and the DON. We are trying to cover 11 counties, we are getting around 8-10 referrals for admissions DAILY (the owner of the company wants them ALL, even the ones no other agency will take), not to mention they still list supervisory visits, recerts and ROC on our schedules amidst the admissions. The last two weeks I leave for work early and get home late, somtimes I'm out until 9 or 10pm and I have even been out until 1:30am one night because of a narccisstic patient obsessed with the urine coming out of her catheter and her IV antibiotic.
But to add insult to injury, I was sitting in one of the offices trying to get some paperwork done and I overhear this conversation: the secretary was talking to a visitor who said, you sure are getting plenty of admissions. The secretary said, "yea, if we could just get these nurses to catch up..."
Well, my pulse started pounding and my eyesight got blurry. I wanted to say something but knew I would lose my temper so I didn't say a word.
I know I should stop whining and quit if it bothers me but it isn't really an option right now. All I can do is come here and complain.
I am actually finding myself getting the urge to curl up in the corner and suck my thumb and rock back and forth.
The DON knows how bad it is, she just keeps saying it will get better. I won't jump ship now because I have respect for her, but when I can get my charts semi straightened out I'm going to walk out that door and keep stepping.
Well, lunch break is up and I'm going out for more work.