i work in an extremely fast paced infusion clinic. I started here as a new grad and quickly gained experience and was soon out working the other staff. We infuse Tons of remicade as well as Rituxan among others.... on our busiest days we have around 30+ patients between just two RN's and one medical assistant. The doctors are "on-site" but hardley available in case of reactions.
The reactions to medications have been more and more frequent, complex, and severe. It has gotten to the point where a patient has a bad reaction almost every shift i work. The nurse who I work with is abusive and has tons of issues. What makes matters worse is that since i have worked here, we have had problems getting other nurses to work here, so the clinic relies mainly on two nurses (me and captain insane).
I feel sick every time i go to work. I dont have the experience to get a job in the hospital, yet i feel like if i stay at this place im at something extremely bad will happen. I consider myself talented at what i do. I am very intuitive and a very hard worker. However i am willing to give it all up to feel normal again. sorry for the ********.....
i guess my question is this normal for this line of work? should i be in a situation where i have a 10:1 ratio of patients? should i stay at a place that only staffs two nurses? if one of us calls in sick we are screwed! Management could give two SH!ts about our safety concerns. Everything i say falls on deaf ears.