Originally posted by steven44121
Check the ONA's website. Thier position, which I agree with is that hospitals cannot impose a 2 site limit on nurses.
If proper containment procedures are being practiced, why is this such a concern? If it is a concern can hospital administrators tell us that there is no concern to bring this home to our families.
I work at a hospital with confirmed SARS pts. I have no problem taking care of these pts., my concern is the perception by the public that health care workers are a danger to them. My sitter has voiced concerns and I may lose her, taxi drivers have been reluctant to pick up from the downtown hospitals.
Anyone else feeling worried about public perception of front line workers?
I wanted to address a few things here, that relate to the thread on the general nursing discussion site regarding SARS in Toronto.
First, we recieved our first "suspected case" yesterday. I worked beside the patient. There was concern, of course. I do feel however, that we are containing the problem. The pt was delivered to us by nurses wearing "space suits" and is now in a neg pressure room. We are always in gowns-gloves-masks-goggles. It is hot, uncomfortable and we still have to deal with all the other critical pts-codes- and families of critical ill pts who have been allowed in due to the fact their family members are critical. Is it easy? No.
No one has treated me differently, the public... my family.... I think most people understand that we are taking EVERY precaution we can to contain this. Taxis still come to the front of our hospital- buses. I think there is a certain amount of media-hysteria that is present, since we live in such a media-hyped world these days.
Second, there seems to be a perception that I "do not support fellow nurses". This comment from Steven44121 comes in relation to my post regarding another poster (passing thru) that Wendy in Toronto should quit her job and live off credit cards. I felt that advice was stupid and wrong and not justified. However it was taken by most reading it to mean that " I was not supporting " ..... I guess, Wendy.
Well, nothing could be further from the truth. Obivously we all make choices about what we do and how we do it. I was reacting to a unprofessional and misguided post, that I felt did the nursing profession no justice. Sure, I support fellow nurses, BUT I do not support the suggestion that "we" or god forbid even Wendy, quit and hole up and use credit cards. I drew attention to the fact that no one whould suggest this to a doctor, so why a nurse. Is this getting clearer as to my message?
Third, this past weekend was stressful, distressing and at times very uncomfortable. I came home and felt drained. These are unusual times for all of us and I find myself checking all the sites - WHO, CDC and such since it is hard not to think about it when I am home.
Fourth, I am proud to be a RN, proud to say that I am trying to make a difference.
That is it. I know it is a long post. For those of us "out there" take care and be strong.