Jolie 25,816 Views
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I won't pretend to know the financial particulars of Pfizer's offer, nor do I know the morals, values or ethics that guide their leadership's decision making processes.
But I suggest that we all examine our attitudes towards businesses. We tend to disdain those that make a profit in the healthcare industry, often implying that such profitmaking is immoral when people's lives depend upon healthcare services. At the same time, WE all profit from the healthcare industry. I doubt that many (if any one) of us would go to work everyday unless we received a paycheck for doing so. Granted, we tend not to be "rich," because we use our earnings to pay living expenses and hopefully invest in our families' futures. In reality, that's not much different than what most businesses do. They use their income to pay their bills and invest in future research, medications and treatments, without which we would see no advances in healthcare.
If and when circumstances come to light that demonstrate illegal or unethical management of pharmaceutical, equipment manufacturers or other healthcare businesses, they should be held responsible and are deserving of our utter disdain. But please don't assume that profit automatically warrants scorn, unless the same is true for nurses as we deposit our paychecks every 2 weeks.
I'll preface this by saying that I'm home with a sick child who's beginning to feel better and looking for every possible excuse not to do the work that I should be doing. I ran across this article and it has me shaking my head. Clearly the staff screwed up and owes this mother an apology as well as a visit to address her concerns. But her comments seem a bit over the top.
To summarize, Mom took her 4 month old son to an urgent care at approximately 7:00 pm because he had a cough and she hoped to get a chest x-ray. They were placed in an exam room and told the doc would see them in about 10 minutes. She fed the baby a bottle, changed his diaper and realized that 1/2 hour had passed without seeing anyone, so she opened the door to find that the clinic had closed and they were alone in the building. She broke down crying and called her mom-in-law, according to Inside Edition. While attempting to leave the building, she set off an alarm, which caused her to panic. Fortunately, a cleaning crew let her out of the building where she was met by security.
"It was terrifying just to know you are alone in there. My son was having trouble breathing. What if I was back there and he would’ve stopped breathing? No one was there. It angered me. I’ve worked in the nursing field and how do you forget about a patient?” she told Inside Edition. Kason didn't received treatment and spent the night crying, Lewitt told KOMO.
A photo apparently taken on her cell phone depicts an apparently healthy, sleeping baby in a car seat.
She states that she can't excuse the mistake that left her and her sick son abandoned in the dark.
The urgent care released a statement indicating that an investigation was underway.
Mother and baby left inside urgent care clinic after it closed | Fox News
If the mother genuinely believed the child's health to be in danger, why didn't she leave the building and head straight to the ER? I agree the staff screwed up big time, but this mother's dramatic statements are a bit much, not to mention that she has already given interviews to at least 2 media outlets. I guess everyone wants their 15 minutes.
You are 100% correct that he used you as a pawn to avoid directing his concerns to anesthesia. He did that because he is weak and unsure of himself. Most bullies are, and compensate by acting tough toward anyone they believe they can manipulate. You have unfortunately become that "anyone." It won't stop until you stand up to him, and in a somewhat public way. By the sound of your post, I believe that you are up to this challenge, but you have to be smart about how it is done so he can't claim that you have acted inappropriately towards him.
Please seek the support of your manager and/or a respected nurse on your unit. Once you have their back-up, be ready for your next interaction with Dr. Jerkface. If he says or does anything inappropriate or threatens you, remain calm and inform him that you will continue your conversation at the nurse's station, then walk away. Once there, and with your mentor present as a witness, firmly but politely state that you will not be spoken to in a threatening manner. Suggest that he take some time to re-word his message to you. He will either get the message and knock it off, or he will explode in front of witnesses who saw you acting professionally. Either way, you win.
As tempting as it may be to ask someone to intervene on your behalf, in my experience, that shows the bully that you are afraid, and the behavior grows worse. If you stand up for yourself, he will either give up or explode. Either works to prove your point. And as long as you have witnesses to confirm that you acted professionally, you will be able to defend any claim he might make that you incited his behavior.
Personally, I prefer to get them in private and tell them to go to hell, but that's risky Good luck! You have a good head on your shoulders and are an asset to your unit.
I don't understand how this is a nursing issue. It does not involve assessing the student's health, planning nursing interventions, administering medications or treatments or evaluating outcomes.
It sounds to me like this is an educational/behavioral issue that is essentially being addressed by allowing the child to have a "security" object, and is appropriately handled by the teacher/counselor.
The only concern that is even remotely health related is the cleanliness of the ring. The teacher can manage that, just as s/he keeps other classroom items clean.
I formed my opinion when I read the second to last paragraph of your post, "but the workflow is so slow, I don't think there was enough to prove myself, only enough to make mistakes, which are my fault, I know. I was so bored there. It was supposed to be my preceptorship and me "being the nurse" but it just wasn't like that. On average, I probably did about 1 or 2 hours of actual work, if that. The rest was sitting around doing nothing or walking around aimlessly. And trust me, there was NOTHING to do.
I feel like I was set up to fail for sure. Why wasn't this stuff brought up to me earlier? But I also get soo anxious, especially if I make mistakes. I live in them. If I don't do good at first, I sometimes get anxiety to the point where I can't think at all. It's like I can feel my IQ just plummet. So here I am, wondering where the hell to go from here."
Where should you go from here? I suggest that you go back to the unit and apologize for your laziness and poor attitude during your preceptorship. Then meet with your academic advisor and find out if you will be permitted to repeat the preceptorship next semester.
You were given a gift. The opportunity to do an unconventional preceptorship in a highly specialized area of interest to you. A unit offering both detox and in-patient rehab offers a wealth of experiences with patients in various physical, mental and emotional conditions, and could be used as a springboard for a job search in virtually any aspect of adult behavioral health, substance abuse, out patient clinics, inpatient med/surg, community health, case management, etc. I remember all too well the pressure to "cram" every possible learning experience into a limited number of clinical days, and can't begin to imagine how there could possibly have been absolutely nothing to do, especially since you have identified a number of performance concerns from your early days on the unit.
I suspect that your failure had little to do with small mistakes and everything to do with a lack of self responsibility, self direction, initiative, effort, etc.
Of course you can appeal. I doubt that will be successful. I highly suggest taking the time to do an honest appraisal of your performance and developing a serious plan for improvement should you be allowed to repeat this clinical experience. It might represent your best chance of persuading the program director that you can be trusted with another opportunity.
I learned that our State Board of Nursing provided a non-existent website address for our semi-annual license renewal.
Can anyone here point to a single example of a governmental agency getting anything right?
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