i HATE my job. Does anyone else feel the same? - page 10

I absolutley despise my job. I work as a nurse in a intermediate/telemetry type floor. We are in the process of moving to a new hospital, so we were a telemetry unit and we are splitting into telemetry/intermediate care. We will... Read More

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    I feel like critical care would be more up my alley. Because, this is how i see it. Once a patient gets to a general floor like mine it usually means the patients condition is improving. Then this is when families get demanding because they think they know it all. Sometimes they know JUST ENOUGH to be annoying, but not enough to make sense to us. They pick up on medical lingo that means absolutley nothing to them.
    Once had a patients husband ask me "What was her GFR today?" i was like "Do you know what GFR is?" his reply..."no"
    They pick up on that lingo from them being in the ICU. when a patient is in ICU they have 23940293 lines hooked up, monitors beeping, alarms going off. Families are like deer in headlights on a critical care unit. They don't question you and are more likely to keep their mouth shut because they know absolutley nothing (unless they are healthcare professionals).
    i could totally be wrong, but fromt he times i have floated to critical care that is how i see it. (Our unit is the only unit that is able to float to critical care to take care of the overflow patients until beds open up so i've been there).

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    I love my job and I love my confused patients.I love working bedside.
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    Quote from loriangel14
    I love my job and I love my confused patients.I love working bedside.
    For those of you that love working with confused patients please let your coworkers know! They will love you for taking them off their shoulders. Some people do handle confused people well. I'm not one of them! God bless you if you can handle the confused and demented patients!
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    Haha. Oh God the swabbie story was just too much. I laughed and laughed. It's easy to laugh about work stuff when I'm not at work. Guarantee you I'll be ready to smack a freakshow by tomorrow night though. Which is when I return to the nuthouse.
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    Quote from brandy1017
    For those of you that love working with confused patients please let your coworkers know! They will love you for taking them off their shoulders. Some people do handle confused people well. I'm not one of them! God bless you if you can handle the confused and demented patients!
    About half to three quarters of our floor is confused.lol
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    The Day I Started to Hate My Job: A patient throttled me. His effort to kill me was unsuccessful but it made an impression on my neck and on my mind. I've been spit on, kicked, hit; never bitten though.
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    Quote from multi10
    I've been spit on, kicked, hit; never bitten though.
    There's a silver lining to every story..
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    I put a mask on patients who spit. Once had one in restraints. Screamer and sputter. Wasn't about to subject myself to spit anywhere. Nobody deserves that. We had to get on iv in her. It took 5 of us to do it.
    Is this wrong to put a mask on them for something like this? One of my coworkers flipped out at me for doing it. I was like ok...do you want spit anywhere on you? We took it off the second we were done. I guess we could wear the masks but that doesn't protect our hair or eyes.
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    Quote from Jenni811
    I put a mask on patients who spit. Once had one in restraints. Screamer and sputter. Wasn't about to subject myself to spit anywhere. Nobody deserves that. We had to get on iv in her. It took 5 of us to do it.
    Is this wrong to put a mask on them for something like this? One of my coworkers flipped out at me for doing it. I was like ok...do you want spit anywhere on you? We took it off the second we were done. I guess we could wear the masks but that doesn't protect our hair or eyes.
    *** NOT WRONG! Actualy SOP in many fcilities. My hospital has anti spitting hoods but we will splap a mask on until we get hood. Any patient who hits, kicks, spits on, or otherwise attempts to harm staff will find themselves in four point restraints and wearing an anti spitting hood so fast their head will spin. On top of that if they are A&O I WILL be calling local police and pressing charges. Our wonderful local cops treat assaults on hospital staff like assaults on themselves and take them VERY seriously. I do not need to wait for a providers order to initiate any restraint I feel is needed.
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    I was bitten by a dog in Georgia (10-day course of antibiotics cured the suppurating wound). Also, my playful cat sometimes nips me and draws blood (more antibiotics).
    But I have never been bitten by a human being. Hannibal Lector wears a muzzle (cage) around his mouth for a reason.
    Last edit by multi10 on Mar 4, '13


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