dream'n, BSN, RN 7,793 Views
Joined Aug 28, '06.
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Ugh, what a horrible way to go, conscience and aware while your body is assaulted. Where is my DNR paperwork??
As I've heard said before; bedside nursing is inherently stressful due to the individual nurse's huge responsibility, yet his/her lack of any real authority to make changes for the better.
US healthcare has lost sight of its true mission. I've been around a long time and administration rarely monitors the quality of the care provided, but is more interested in the customer service aspect. Nurses are reprimanded not for lacking critical thinking skills, but for not filling out a form, not writing on the 'white board', or not smiling and giving the warm blanket quick enough.
I agree with you so much nurse42long. I feel chewed up and spit out after my shifts now. I am pulled in so many directions all day long that my head is literally spinning after work sometimes. I've been a nurse a long time and over the years I've seen more and more added to the nurse's plate with nothing being taken away. I'll be with a very sick patient and get call after call after call regarding the most asinine things imaginable, interrupting my thought process and compromising the most important thing; patient safety. We're audited on completing stupid forms, but never evaluated on our critical thinking skills. Honestly I think that there are more employees that audit our form completions than are actually providing patient care. I never used to worry about my patient's being pleased with my 'customer service', I was worried about keeping my patients' safe and assisting them to heal. Nurses' are no longer respected like they used to be by other departments; the time and energy we need to provide care is no longer considered as very important. I am expected to know everything about my patient without being given the time to do so. I guess I'm fried to a crisp right now.
There is not one scenario in nursing where telling the patient that you think they are "pathetic" is appropriate.
What is spice?
This coming from a former substance abuse nurse...
TPTB see the problem of patients having to wait to be toileted, but don't want to lay out the money for enough CNA or nursing staff to timely accommodate them. That's what the bottom line is. The CNAs are doing all they can and the nurses are doing all that they can, but the problem is still there. So, instead of putting their money where their mouth is they unload more expectations on the staff than can be accomplished and create an environment in which nurses and CNAs are pitted against each other.
If you feel brave enough, tell Management at the meeting that the CNAs and the nurses are working as hard as possible and that the only real solution is more staff. But be ready for management to push back at you hard.
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