LadysSolo 3,926 Views
Joined Dec 17, '06.
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My mom (who was a brilliant woman) died of Alzheimer's, and her mom died of Alzheimer's, so my guess is I will get it too. She knew she was getting it, and she told me she had Alzheimer's. There were days when I looked into her eyes, and she was still there but could not make herself understood due to the disease. There were other days when "she wasn't home." I never want to go through losing myself and putting my family through that. When she was getting worse, I wasn't sorry for me because I knew what was going on, I was sorry because I knew she never wanted to be that way. She was "Mrs. Clean," scrubbed her garage floor weekly even in the winter, and to not have control of her bowels and bladder I am sure was devastating to her. If I am unable to "be myself," active and taking care of myself, I DO NOT want to be here, and I should have that right.
And I am an NP that will be going back to the bedside in a few years. Being an NP is great, don't get me wrong, but the hours are brutal and the documentation and nonsense with Medicare/Medicaid requirements for documentation (that have nothing to do with quality care) if you want paid are very burdensome. I am looking in a few years to go back to the floor so I can do my 8 hours and go home. Coming full circle....I want to have a life again .
At the hospital where I used to work, the day they got rid of all the LPNs, they sent management out to "assist." The RN who was in HR was assigned to my floor. I asked her to take a temp on a patient, and put another one on the bedpan. She DIDN'T KNOW HOW to take a temp, and said she didn't know where to get a bedpan?!?!?! So management take a shift?!?!? REALLY!!??? On what planet??????
I had a young man die on my floor (oncology) some years ago, his mom and wife took it hard. I had done some "extra" things for him from time to time (searching the hospital lounges/waiting areas for magazines he might be interested in, hunting other unit pantries for special snacks, etc.) They showed up on my doorstep the day after Christmas the year he died (I lived 30 miles from where I worked.) To say I was shocked would have been an understatement. I truly felt I had done nothing I wouldn't have done for any of my patients, but they wanted to hang onto me. I had to gently cut their cord, it was not good for them to hang onto me. I agree with keeping work and home separate.
Heck, I knew opioids caused constipation when I was in Nursing school back in 1980. So how is this a new idea? Because some pharmaceutical companies want to market to opioids users "ask your doctor (sic - what about NPs/PAs?) for our great new med."
There is a lot of dissatisfaction with the hours that are put in - after seeing patients all day there are (average) 4 hours of documentation, so it's about a 12-14 hour day. Gets old after awhile.....
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