Aurora77, BSN, RN 15,380 Views
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4 year(s) of experience
we exist in a constant state of manufactured crisis due to chronic understaffing.
It only works when I get a call during the week before 5pm, but what I do is forward the call from staffing to the administrator in charge of deciding how many FTE's we supposedly need.
you are just a hater...
I can relate to the OP. I worked 12 hour nights for several years and it seemed like I never had time to do things outside the house. When I worked several days in a row, I didn't do anything besides work and sleep because 3-4 hours of sleep doesn't work for me. I also had trouble switching back to a semi day time schedule and spent one, if not two days, recovering from my shifts.
I made the switch to 8 hour days Mon-fri and love it. I ever thought I'd give up those 4 days off but I feel so much more energetic and well rested. I actually have time to do things after work without cutting into my sleep time.
You may want to look into a schedule change, OP. It's not for everyone, big I've had a huge improvement in my quality of life.
Does ANYTHING pay "a lot" in Arkansas?!
For me it depends on the nurse and if there is a pattern of behavior. We all have crazy shifts and have to pass things to the oncoming nurse occasionally but if it's a frequent occurrence by the same person, I'm going to refuse.
I thought you were completely appropriate in splitting up the tasks that didn't get finished. I'd be grateful for that kind of help if I had a crazy shift and was behind.
ETA: We don't have a specific rule about leaving things for the next shift, but it's our culture that nothing gets passed on without specifically notifying the next nurse.
If nursing doesn't work out, find a new career. Maybe my perspective is different since nursing is my second career, but it's possible to change to something completely different. It's a terrifying leap of faith, but worth it.
Agreed. That's why I said something needs to change, either the person or discipline. If it is brining unit morale down & the person has been constantly disciplined then said offender should be fired. You are only as strong as your weakest link.
Lateness is one of my huge pet peeves. If a person can't arrive to work on time on a consistent basis, they should be fired so that they can find a job that suits their lackadaisical approach to time management. Showing up late regularly just lets everyone know that they disrespect their coworkers. When my shift is over, I want to go home. There's no reason (short of unforeseen circumstances) that I should have to wait on my replacement.
I love starting IVs too.
This will sound weird and very few people will get it, but I like post mortem care. I love supporting the families and then respectfully preparing my patient for his or her next stop in the funeral home. There is something so special about caring for a person at the end of their life.
It makes me feel good when they tell me they like me. My shifts always seemed to be easier when I could spend a few minutes chatting with the patient and family. Is it essential? No, but it does make things smoother.
Do your research on the efficacy and adverse effects of the antidepressants that make big Pharma even richer.
I review medical records for legal purposes. I want to tell you that someday, someone will be reviewing the charting and the care plans you have on record. I have reviewed records for LTC, AL, OB/L&D, critical care, home health, and garden-variety med/surg. Do not ever think that your charting, including your documentation of an RN-determined plan of care to be delivered or delegated, is a waste of time. It can save your butt ... or have it in a helluva sling. Your call.
But don't just do it out of fear. Do it because it documents your worth. Yes, it does. When the atty comes a-calling on your risk manager and s/he is at ease when he does because s/he knows your care is awesome, be sure s/he can back that up with good documentation. And if your documentation sucks because the system they make you work with sucks, agitate. If you were a fine finish woodworker, you wouldn't be able to make beautiful furniture with lousy tools.
No!! It's one of my favorite phrases.
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