rnccf2007 2,799 Views
Joined Jan 10, '11.
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I just completed a twelve hour shift (7a-7p)...well actually 0700 to 2145...almost 15 hours with no lunch and two five minute breaks. I slept for 10 hours afterward and woke up tired, sore, and depressed. Why is it okay for nurses (who hold lives in our hands) to be subjected to this? This is not a profession...it is glorified slavery. Personally, I would not want a doctor or nurse taking care of me who did not have a break or some food or water in a reasonable amount of time.
I totally agree. But I am spending the majority of my time doing this. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my patient was going into respiratory failure, while I was getting patients and their families coffee.
Does anyone else want to leave bedside nursing, because they feel like a glorified nursing assistant? Don't get me wrong. I am not putting down nursing assistants, was one for 8 years, they are our "eyes and ears" just like we are for doctors, and they have helped me save lives on many occasions. The problem is...where are they at? Seems hospitals have cut them so short that nurses are doing their jobs too. In the last week...Could not get a companion for a patient with dementia and was basically told to chemically or physically restrain him, because there were not enough nursing assistants in a large metro hospital ...in fact none! (LOL, POLICY states that we use less restrictive measures before attempting this...POLICY basically states that we lie), spent a lot of time getting patients on and off the bedpan or BSC, getting coffee, spent 1 1/2 hours in a patient's room cleaning stool, etc. This is not below me. But think I may have missed some early changes in a patient who was eventually intubated and sent to the unit.
And should have known by posting this it would come off the wrong way.
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