Thank you from me, too! I've been on both sides of the fence.. did 1.5 years in MedSurg, 1 year in tele, and now in intensive care... I couldn't handle my old MedSurg unit today if I wanted to. Thank you for what you do.
I'm in total agreement. I worked M/S on and off for five years, and I'd have to be literally homeless and starving in the streets before I'd do it again.....especially under today's circumstances and patient loads. I don't know how y'all do it anymore. KUDOS to you!!!
I work in the ICU. I send a very difficult pt to the floor (behaviorally) and couldn't imagine taking care of 5-8 more pts on top of that.
I couldn't mentally handle that job, so thank you for doing what you do.
After working critical care (and emergency medicine) my entire career. I make it very clear that I do not have the skills to care for patients on the floor. I bow to floor nurses and their organizational skills!!!
Ha ha ha thank you!! It is a crazy crazy place to work. I often will get a transfer from the unit and the ICU nurse looks at horror as I run around answering call lights, addressing bed alarms, fielding multiple phone calls all while taking report from him/her and assessing the patient and getting the tiny cramped room set up.
However, on the flip side, the ICU terrifies me and I could never work there - so kudos to the ICU nurses for the lives they save and the hard work they do! Kudos to ALL NURSES for we all have hard jobs!!! We ALL rock!
Floor nurses are definitely amazing, and have an entirely unique skill set that is nothing short of impressive. The daily tasks of a floor nurse can be overwhelming and frustrating, but those who rise to the occasion are stars in the field.
I challenge ANY ICU/CCU RN to walk one shift in the shoes of a M/S Nurse. The M/S Nurse depends on their assessment skill, knowledge base and gut whereas the ICU/CCU Nurse has all the modern technology to care for their patients. Kudos to the M/S Nurse. You work in the realm of a speciality of its own! Congrats to you!
Hats off to long care nurses as well. They have up to 30 patients sometimes, and have to be watched constantly and many are a full code and crash constantly. Hats off to every nurse who actually takes care of patients.......