Lainie B 1,256 Views
Joined Dec 2, '05.
Posts: 14 (7% Liked)
Your post really brought back recent memories of my past year. Yeah, I felt my documentation wasn’t good enough either, I was always stressing about being behind and ‘covering myself’.
I worked the night shift, and after giving report to the next nurse I would try to catch up. Problem with nights, though, is most of us are ready for sleep NOW. And to sit down at a computer after running around for 12 hours, then sitting down, is almost impossible because I would be fighting to keep my eyes open.
I would have no choice but leave, and my charting would be half-*** done. I would be expecting to be called into the office, to be ‘called on the carpet’ for poor charting. I would reason ‘I’ll come back tonight and finish the charting’ (but rarely had the time to do that either). And it’s been over a year now, and I haven’t been called in. I still have shifts that I have to jockey my time over giving patient care or putting my “peeps” on hold and catch up on charting. Invariably I put off my charting because the patient should always come first. Then, depending on my level of exhaustion, I try to chart. But I definitely have days when my charting is ‘abbreviated’. I absolutely HATE it, but it’s something I have to choose in order to keep up my health. But always, I take care of the patient. Of course, if there are important events that I know might have to be covered on paper (falls, sentinel events, Dr Rapids) I never forget to chart on them. But everything else has to fall in line with 1. The patient, and 2. My level of exhaustion and how much more can I give.
It all came to a realization that my superiors do have better things with THEIR time than nitpick our charting (or lack of better). In this economically-strapped world, our superiors are ALSO pushed to do more with fewer resources, so they are over-whelmed too.
My advice is: Chill. If your patients are OK at the end of your shift, you've done your best and can leave without feeling bad. Good luck.
I've read about what the salaries in HI are, but would be interested in your opinion of the COL in HI (compared to mainland)
Mainland-wise, I am used to Texas C.O.L., especially Austin, Houston and Temple
I stayed at The Arbors, which is walking distance to work, and reasonably priced. As a SWF I felt it was allright and I wasn't too worried about security. I also liked that it was across the street from the gym (The Summit). But if I'd had more $$, I would have picked The Bridge apartments, gated, and also next to the gym
Economics and budget cuts force MORE stress on staff. This applies to not only nursing but everyone. So at least I know that while my supervisor is putting pressure on us, someone above her/him is doing the same to them!
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