Everything is our responsibility. Rant.

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    Why do I have to call lab to remind them of timed blood draws being drawn, well, on time?

    Why do I have to call dietary to make sure the ordered supplements are on the tray?

    Why do I have to call pharmacy to refill the Pyxis?

    Why do I have to call supply to tell them that they smooshed two types of IVF together in the supply Pyxis and they need to sort it out?

    A STAT imaging call to radiology is our job, but why do I have to follow up 30 minutes later?

    Even if I'm busy, I have to check orders every 30 minutes because STAT orders are put in without a courtesy call to the nurse!

    I wish, as an orientation exercise, every department of the healthcare team was required to shadow a nurse for a day. I think many eyes would be opened.
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    Quote from dudette10
    I wish, as an orientation exercise, every department of the healthcare team was required to shadow a nurse for a day. I think many eyes would be opened.
    As would nurse's eyes be opened if they had to shadow in other departments/specialties as well...
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    Thanks for that. This is a rant. On a nursing site.
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    Not only is everything our responsibility, everything is also our fault. That's one thing I hated about hospital nursing... a room change happens at 10pm, the kid's mother is mad that the bathroom isn't cleaned fast enough (because it was somehow clearly inappropriate that we disposed of her son's roommate's emesis in the toilet and crazy mother is convinced that germs from vomit flushed 8 hours ago are going to aerosolize and infect her son's covered surgical site) so it's clearly the nurses fault that there is ONE environmental services person covering the whole hospital on the night shift.
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    Kel...that's the part that is frustrating. We are on the front lines, so we get the dissatisfaction. It's a part of our job, I know, but it really wears on me at times. I have a vacation coming up to recharge.
    MassED, VICEDRN, anotherone, and 6 others like this.
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    Welcome to nursing...*sigh*

    Sorry you're feeling put-upon--I can relate. It's amazing how many things are suddenly my responsibility, especially when they're going south. I hope your vacation arrives quickly and you have a great time
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    Sigh......Preaching to the choir...I think this is the hardest to put up with...immense responsibility and very little authority yet responsible for everything.
    DizzyLizzyNurse, cilla835, PsychGuy, and 20 others like this.
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    Quote from dudette10
    Kel...that's the part that is frustrating. We are on the front lines, so we get the dissatisfaction. It's a part of our job, I know, but it really wears on me at times. I have a vacation coming up to recharge.
    You know, I remember when I was in nursing school, someone I know who had a daughter who was in and out of hospitals told me that she felt she could realize empathize with nurses because she used to be a waitress and she felt like it was very similar. At the time (I was a senior nursing student), I thought the comparison was a little insulting though I kind of understood after she explained that waitresses, like nurses, are on the front line so they get yelled at/blamed for things they cannot control. And then after working as a nurse for just under a year I FULLY understood what she meant one day... my patient who had had surgery for an arachnoid cyst had developed a CSF leak and was on-call to go the OR. He was made NPO that morning because we had no idea when the OR would be able to fit him in. His surgeon had several other surgeries that day and couldn't predict low long they would take either. If I recall correctly, one was a brainstem tumor operation... obviously a very complicated surgery. Anyway, Dad wasn't too happy that Jr had to be NPO and Jr was only 4 or 5 years old so after a few hours, he really started complaining about wanting to eat. So, who is there for Dad to yell at but the good old bedside nurse? Clearly I control the OR schedules and can make the Chief of Neurosurgery move faster when operating on another child's brainstem... All day, Dad screamed at me about how we were torturing his child by keeping him NPO and how if I couldn't give him a time for surgery right.this.second. he was going to feed the child.
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    "Hey, thanks a lot for coming up and fixing the refrigerator in the break room. We really appreciate it. Do you suppose that you could come back up and PLUG IT IN??????"
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    Quote from KelRN215
    You know, I remember when I was in nursing school, someone I know who had a daughter who was in and out of hospitals told me that she felt she could realize empathize with nurses because she used to be a waitress and she felt like it was very similar. At the time (I was a senior nursing student), I thought the comparison was a little insulting though I kind of understood after she explained that waitresses, like nurses, are on the front line so they get yelled at/blamed for things they cannot control. And then after working as a nurse for just under a year I FULLY understood what she meant one day... my patient who had had surgery for an arachnoid cyst had developed a CSF leak and was on-call to go the OR. He was made NPO that morning because we had no idea when the OR would be able to fit him in. His surgeon had several other surgeries that day and couldn't predict low long they would take either. If I recall correctly, one was a brainstem tumor operation... obviously a very complicated surgery. Anyway, Dad wasn't too happy that Jr had to be NPO and Jr was only 4 or 5 years old so after a few hours, he really started complaining about wanting to eat. So, who is there for Dad to yell at but the good old bedside nurse? Clearly I control the OR schedules and can make the Chief of Neurosurgery move faster when operating on another child's brainstem... All day, Dad screamed at me about how we were torturing his child by keeping him NPO and how if I couldn't give him a time for surgery right.this.second. he was going to feed the child.
    I agree with the waitress thing. 100%

    That's why I've said this, time and time again: leave a 20% cash tip on the bedside table.


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