abbaking 10,079 Views
Joined Dec 19, '06.
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I think the easy answer would be for the CNAs to tell the charge RN if the pts primary is unavailable. Having the RNS check vitals is taking away a major job responsibility of the CNAs and unnecessarily contributing to the RNs work load.
On another note all CNA activities are not equal. Prioritization must be used, I always tell my CNAs to ask me if they are having trouble deciding what is the most important task.
I love my CNAs and I do think they are overworked and underpaid, just like the nursing staff. We all have less than ideal pt ratios
Is it just me or does it seem that a requirement to work in management is no common sense?
We had a Code Blue the other night - it was a very traumatic and rough code blue but thank god we brought the patient back and they were stabilized and then taken to ICU.
Next shift - as we are coming on duty (4 staff from the previous nightshift myself included) we are told to meet the Warden in her office.
"Other patients said you were to loud and distubing them". "One patient said she saw some staff joking and laughing"
and i quote: "Just cuse you saved a life does not mean you can carry on and be loud. Next time you have an emergency take care of it quietly"
HELLO!!! Get real.....EVERY code blue in my entire career is loud - its a life or death situation and there are 15 people trying to save a persons life.
Does anybosy see this as insane or is it just me?
The patients seem to think that we are having a party when in reality its a major emergency
As long as its still a free country (USA), I will chew my gum where ever I want. I am so tired of these petty rules infringing on my personal freedoms.
I pay my taxes and I will chew gum (its not a crime) on the job if I want.
That being said, I have NEVER been to a hospital that has had any "ban" on gum chewing.
For many people, myself included, gum chewing has a number of positive benefits including improved concentration, fresh breath, stress relief, cigarette craving relief (trying to kick the habit) and it wards off hunger.
As far as "looking like a professional" - I still have yet to fully comprehend what a PROFESSIONAL bedside nurses looks like : I wear scrubs, overglorified PJ's!!!
I think a little indulgence is fine - if I am being worked like Kunta Kinte with no staff and 28 patients, demanding "customers", antiquated equipment, stuffy hot unit with bad air conditioning, bad working conditions, and my own personal stress at not being allowed to smoke at a non smoking hospital - You bet your gluteus maximus i am gonna chew gum!!!
Had a patient admitted with stoma bleeding and inflammation. We eventually found out her husband liked the stomal sex... Yuck!
Being a RN with severe chronic back pain myself, I can attest to the pains of the Nursing profession that being a nurse causes. Alas, working with under the influence of narcotic pain medication is unethical and places your patients and you at many risks. Sadly, many fellow RN's and myself with severe pain conditions have HAD to pop a Vicodin or Norco at work on breaks just to take the edge off from terrible pain. My advise would be to err on the side of caution, and refrain from using narcotic meds at work unless the pain is terribly severe. Do what you gots to do!
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