How do we manage to juggle 7-9 patients, give patient care, fulfill everyones' needs, and not lose our minds? I worked 2 doubles this weekend, and I have notices EVERYONE is at a higher stress level than ever!
Doctors that don't hear patients' concerns (I had a patient the last two days, she is in her 70's, fell at home fx. humerus, fx. hip but poor surgical risk, emaciated, multiple lacerations...stage 2 to coccyx...they tried midline for hyperal and lipids although she eats 100% of her meal, nursing verbalized and charged that she didn't want anything else done, md wanted to do thoracentesis, patient refused...then he scheduled her for a barium enema and didn't even tell her! she refused and I encouraged her that it is her right to refuse any treatment).
I called MD for MS04 reorder and he snapped at me and said it should have been on the chart on evening shift and I "interrupted his call from overseas..." Isn't patient care a 24 hour job. I think about my patients' when I'm not there, I am concerned with them.
No time to help feed the patients, bless the nurses aides that really keep us going.
My day shift charge nurse is great, she takes a report from all nurses at the beginning of the shift, manages the floor, and takes a FULL patient load like the rest of us and still keeps her cool. I like that she is fair and works with us. However, evening shift charge nurse takes only 3 patients and basically signs off orders at the desk. She said that she didn't have "time to babysit...we are RN's and we are responsible for what we do." and I agree, but we need a resource person.
Perhaps I'm just overwhelmed. I've worked at this hospital for over a year, and I've had the worst two days of my life this weekend!
Anyone else at the end of their mental ropes? I have an appointment with a lung specialist this afternoon, I'm going to address my stress issues that is causing me to have chest pains...Paxil, Xanax, Prozac...HELP>>>>>>>
Last edit by AtlantaRN on Oct 6, '06