Jolie 27,323 Views
Joined Oct 17, '01.
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If you have any questions after reviewing the IDPFR website, please contact your school of nursing. At the risk of sounding like a COB, it bewilders me that colleges and universities apparently fail to prepare their graduates for basic professional tasks such as job searches, applying for NCLEX and initial licensure, meeting continuing education requirements, endorsing licenses and maintaining licenses. If this was covered, and you didn't realize that it would one day apply to you, an advisor at your school should be able and willing to guide you. If this was never covered, then shame on them!
In our district, the nurse's decision to call 911 is respected. A call to parents follows immediately. If the parents arrive before the child is transported by EMS, they can interveve and decline the transport, assuming responsibility themselves. Unless documentation is in place in advance, grandparents can't do that. Granny's job should have been to comfort & calm the child. If she wasn't doing that, I would have sent her out of the office so I could focus my attention on the child.
Having precepted students in the OR, I can assure you that no one expected you to be involved in patient care, but they DID expect you to be aware of safety issues. When you felt ill and woozy, it was your immediate responsibility to alert someone and/or remove yourself from the room. Remaining in the room, closing your eyes and trying to compose yourself may have resulted in you falling, fainting, vomiting or who-knows-what else, compromising safety and infection control. The last thing the OR staff needs is to be forced to attend to an observing student who failed to take responsibility for him/herself.
Feeling ill may have been unavoidable. Remaining in the room was your choice, and it was one you should not have made. You were correctly criticized for that.
...At least then there's an explanation even if their assumption about what is going on is inaccurate.
I don't blame anyone but myself. I do think that the surgeon was a bit of a jerk insisting over and over that I handle and touch the organ just for the experience when it's clear I was trying to learn not to be woozy from the sight of surgery for the very first time ever. We hadn't even covered this material, so I didn't know what to expect.
Hi everybody! I have been a postpartum nurse for the past year and a half, and I absolutely love it. Not only do I love my job, but I love where I work and the people that I work with. However, I do find myself getting a little bored sometimes looking at the same old breast or perineum. I sometimes think that I am less of a nurse because I only do mother/baby nursing. I don't start IV's, take care of really sick patients, or exercise my critical care nursing skills I learned in nursing school. I mean there is the occasional PPH or PIH, or TTN in baby's, but I bascially take care of healthy patients. Does anyone else feel this way in mother/baby nursing? Should I switch positions even though I love my job to be more challenged as a nurse? Just wondering what people think...
I'm glad to read a few posts reassuring you that your experience on this unit is not normal or acceptable.
As some posters have indicated, "dark humor" is not unusual in healthcare, or any high-stress occupation. It is a coping mechanism, and as long as it is utilized in private, with trustworthy co-workers, it harms no one and serves to protect our mental health. But I don't think that is really the issue here. I think what you are overhearing represents an extremely poor attitude towards a patient population that is not respected by many of your co-workers, along with abysmal leadership that tolerates all kinds of unprofessional behavior in the name of staffing a unit with a horrible reputation that can't attract or keep quality staff.
I can imagine that you were excited to be hired into L&D as a new grad. It represents a "dream job" that few are able to find without experience or connections. I can only imagine what you were promised in terms of orientation, mentoring and support, especially since most nursing education programs offer limited L&D clinical experience. It appears that promised training won't be forthcoming unless you clearly and firmly demand it, and even then, maybe not.
I've been out of the hospital setting for almost 20 years, but even back in the dark ages of the 1990's, national standards of care (per NAACOG and per NRP) called for 2 fully independent RNs in the delivery room at the time of birth, one dedicated to mom one to baby. Someone will correct me if I am wrong, but I doubt that those standards have loosened with time. So, leaving you to attend a newborn by yourself was wholly inappropriate and in violation (I believe) of accepted standards of care.
I suspect that this was not simply a matter of a single bad day of staffing, but rather a long-standing pattern of slipshod training, care and standards that is not likely improve, nor is it a setting that will ever be conducive to your learning. Please have a pointed conversation with your manager and decide for yourself if this is an environment in which you can grow.
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