Been there,done that 60,188 Views
Joined Aug 4, '09.
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Now you know. Never call in for inclement weather..just call in sick.
P.S. Get new tires or a SUV.
35 years of experience and retired for 2 months.
My current nightmare is ... I can't find the door to get out at shift change.
What are your nursing nightmares?
I have the first one with the addition of I cannot locate their room. And then there's the one where I have to pee and the bathroom is out of order and I am trying to climb over the bedpan hopper thing...
Protocols!! This is why I love protocols. Protocols just keep us from look like a complete idiot, and use our own brain.
Yes, oxygen is a drug, but, for real, are you telling me that I need to call a doctor every single minute, to titrate oxygen on my patient? Are you serious?
Most doctors who I work with (and most of them are really nice), will throw me under the bus, if that's the case. Obviously, if I feel that my patient need an high flow oxygen device, or he/she is getting unstable, I call the MD for sure.
In my 2 current jobs (ER, and prision), we have protocols for almost everything. Pain management (except opioids), chest pain, trauma, altered mental status/agression, asthma, possible anaphylaxys/angioedema, shock, Dyspnea, hypotension, fever, etc etc.
In my last job (nursing home), the doctor's staff had the iniciative to create some protocols as well, just to avoid calls for some "stupid" things: "Hey dr. XXX, it's nurse YYY, I apologyze to bother you so late, but I just check the temperature on Mr ZZZ, and he had 38.5 ºC. I just check your orders and I don't see any acetaminophen prescribed. I wonder if I may give some??"
Give me a break.
I, too, just retired two months ago, and it's been ten years since I worked med-surg. But right up until a couple of years ago, I would frequently have the forgotten patient dream. I'd dream that I was back on my old floor, and at first I was really happy to be there. Then I'd realize it was nearly end of shift and I had one patient I hadn't even looked in on. I don't even know if he's still alive. Then I'd think to myself "Gosh, I've dreamt this so many times, I can't believe I've actually gone and done it this time." I'd be so surprised and relieved to wake up and find out this, too was a dream.
The other dream is that I'd have to leave my unit to go on some errand and I could never make it all the way back. Sometimes I'd find myself on foot, miles from the hospital.
Luckily I don't have those dreams much anymore.
So far retirement is my favorite .
I agree with you. My other favorite was catching something that the doc missed. Once did my assessment 5 minutes after the doc. She charted, lungs CTA bilaterally. I could not hear anything on one side. Chest tube was in one hour later. Gotta love those saves.
I took care, my friend. I quit.
That was now YOUR patient, you acted correctly.
Your co-worker does not administer /or seek pain control for sickle cell patients. YOU must write Nurse Ratchet up.. and advocate for future patients.
I had a nightmare about projectile vomit landing on me.
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