Not_A_Hat_Person, RN 34,723 Views
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But does the reaction of the hospital staff change the outcome in any way??
To me, it sounds like she's saying they would have been willing to pull the plug on Jahi if the staff hadn't blown off the family's concerns about her post-op bleeding. The family fought so hard because they no longer trust the hospital.
Studies have also shown that the medical system tends to mistreat women, nonwhites, and fat people. Jahi was all 3.
My first big nursing mistake was taking a job at the Nursing Home from Hell, despite warnings from colleagues who had worked there, because they were offering a substantial pay raise. We needed the money, and I'd worked in toxic environments before (though not in nursing), so I thought I could handle it. After 2-1/2 days of training I was on my own with 15 high-maintenance patients, LNAs who only did ADLs and feeding, and no help. I lasted 6 weeks.
My next mistake was taking a job at the facility I'd just left. I was in a different building, with some of the same problems, plus a bunch of others. Among other things, I was the only person on my shift who didn't smoke. If anything happened, I had to respond because I was the only one in the building. My boss yelled at me for questioning a morphine dose that turned out to be very wrong.
One night, they needed overnight coverage. I was still finding my way around the building. I didn't even know how to lock and unlock the doors. However, I'd been out of work, my husband needed surgery (which kept him out of work for 10 weeks), and we needed heating oil. I was desperate, so I volunteered for the shift. I had 60 patients and 1 LNA. I screwed things up very badly. I was already on thin ice at that facility, and that was the last straw. I was suspended, then fired.
I've had 2 jobs since then. Both were pay cuts, but working conditions were much better.
I've learned that money isn't everything. And I will never work LTC again.
My town, which recently banned cigarette smoking in parks, is seriously considering safe injection sites for heroin users.
I used to live near a methadone clinic. Apparently, it was a great place to score drugs. It attracted a lot of drug sellers and thieves. I also lived in a town that somehow thought it was a good idea to put a methadone clinic next to a high school.
In my opinion, if safe injection sites are such a good idea, they need to go in wealthy neighborhoods. Anyone who supports the idea should have to live next door to a safe injection site for a year.
PCPs are part of the problem. Too many send any patient with the slightest hint of illness to the ER, even if you call during office hours. As nurses, we have a good idea of what is truly an emergency. For most nonmedical people, if their doctor tells them to go to the ER, they go.
I guess I'm still jaded from seeing the last "nursing shortage" turn into a glut very, very quickly. I graduated in 2008, just before the economy crashed. Suddenly, no one was hiring nurses, especially new grads. Oddly enough, many of those same facilities are now claiming they can't find experienced nurses. Funny how that happens.
The facility should consider reaching out to new grads, even those without a BSN, and and hiring them.
My local hospital complained for years that they were unable to find staff. They were only interested in travelers and nurses with a BSN and 3-5 years of experience (no more, no less) in the specialty they were applying for.
Thank Dog that my unit is awesome and they are a team and a family and are invested in the unit, because when we're short, the nurses pull together and volunteer to take OT and work 16 hour shifts.
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