LadysSolo 4,082 Views
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I got lunch maybe 10 times in 23 years of work (5 8 hour shifts per week scheduled, often stretched to 10 or 12 hours to cover.) We were REQUIRED to clock out for 30 min, but very rarely got the lunch break. I often got to the end of my shift and was getting ready to go home (45 min drive) and remembered I had not peed all shift.
Pt strongly encouraged to (insert whatever reasonable request here) in order to improve (whatever is going down the tubes.) States not interested (actually stated "H**L no!")
Pt discovered with O2 sat in 70's when leaving bathroom without assistance, strong odor of tobacco smoke noted.
Pt reinstructed on importance of following diet restrictions (due to DM II, pancreatitis, whatever.) Continues to have family bring in (insert fast food of choice here.)
I could go on for days......
Many positions have a "non-compete" clause where you are not permitted to take any similar position within a certain mile radius. That is something to check into before leaving a position and taking another. And while NPs (and PAs) should be able to handle most common conditions, even (heaven forbid) GPs ask colleagues about uncommon conditions they encounter, even though most pretend they "know everything."
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??????
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