Inspiration is the Fancy Half of Breathing - page 2

When did parts of nursing become a weird cult? That somehow, there's a lot of nurses drinking kool-aid at a party where you would prefer water? (or for some a stiff adult beverage?) The newest... Read More

  1. Visit  ryan2 profile page
    5
    It is crazy to expect a hospital to run like a hotel. Many of the tasks we do are painful, many of the patents that we care for make choices that negatively impact their health and it is not in the pts best interest to continue those practices in the hospital....stop bringing my CHF pt with non STEMII fried food....I don't care if she hated her dinner. I am tired of being captured by family members with requests for coffee as I am attempting to mix a levophed drip for my septic pt. Being a nurse is about prioritizing which means you choose the save over the fluff. The people who we are dealing with have no idea what measures we are taking to insure their loved ones survival....they only know if we were nice. Being in a hospital, esp critical care is not comfortable, and yes I can give your 80 year old mother the dilaudid your physician ordered for her every hour on the hour if you don't mind her a. Waking up on a vent after we code her when she stops breathing, or b. Watch with wonder as the narcan I give her brings all her pain crashing back. I rarely get complaints because I really try to be attentive, informative,and kind both to my pts and their families but recently I've noticed a change in what families expect that is reinforced by management who says the customer is always right. The customer may be a 20 member family that takes all the blankets from your linen room after you have explained that the blankets are for the pts on the unit. The customer is always right, but my cold post operative pt is also a customer . Our supply room ironically was open because of complaints about the noise that was made as the door opened and closed at night...the customer is always right...
    TriciaJ, ohioSICUrn, brandy1017, and 2 others like this.
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  3. Visit  sakura_RN profile page
    1
    I have been working for the same hospital system since I was a tech, and so I don't have many points of reference, but reading this has made me realize that we (as in, our particular staff) are not the only ones going thru this. I have been actively looking for other jobs but now I wonder if it'll be the same or worse. I have been re evaluating nursing career as a whole and feel like maybe it's just not meant to be. My anxiety very single day is "will this be the day I will be told, you didn't do this, you're fired and we will report you to the nursing board" - my fear is not unfounded as it has happened to 2 nurses within the 8 months I've been working in my unit.
    seems like nurses are being set up to fail and no one wants to look at what's happening.
    jadelpn likes this.
  4. Visit  romeolvr5997 profile page
    1
    Couldn't have said it better myself!!!!!!!!
    Quote from ryan2
    It is crazy to expect a hospital to run like a hotel. Many of the tasks we do are painful, many of the patents that we care for make choices that negatively impact their health and it is not in the pts best interest to continue those practices in the hospital....stop bringing my CHF pt with non STEMII fried food....I don't care if she hated her dinner. I am tired of being captured by family members with requests for coffee as I am attempting to mix a levophed drip for my septic pt. Being a nurse is about prioritizing which means you choose the save over the fluff. The people who we are dealing with have no idea what measures we are taking to insure their loved ones survival....they only know if we were nice. Being in a hospital, esp critical care is not comfortable, and yes I can give your 80 year old mother the dilaudid your physician ordered for her every hour on the hour if you don't mind her a. Waking up on a vent after we code her when she stops breathing, or b. Watch with wonder as the narcan I give her brings all her pain crashing back. I rarely get complaints because I really try to be attentive, informative,and kind both to my pts and their families but recently I've noticed a change in what families expect that is reinforced by management who says the customer is always right. The customer may be a 20 member family that takes all the blankets from your linen room after you have explained that the blankets are for the pts on the unit. The customer is always right, but my cold post operative pt is also a customer . Our supply room ironically was open because of complaints about the noise that was made as the door opened and closed at night...the customer is always right...
    jadelpn likes this.
  5. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
    1
    I think the clinical ladder is an excellent way to recognize our nursing peers for expertise and knowledge. Not to mention it's another way in most facilities to increase your income.
    LadyFree28 likes this.


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