So check this out.... - page 3

by mindlor 6,881 Views | 28 Comments

6 pts......all strict contact iso. All have either trachs, vents, or both. All are incontinent B&B. All have a huge list of meds that must be crushed and given via PEG. We are talking total care here........makes for a long... Read More


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    I appreciate that you are getting so much appreciation, mindlor! If only that appreciation would translate into a safe assignment that would prevent the inevitable trainwreck from occurring down the tracks! I have to say also that the element of judgement to other people here who are venting their frustrations was unnecessary. It's almost like people are reacting to a fellow nurse's frustration with a Compassion Competition.

    Quote from anotherone
    Because I care, I would like safer staffing.
    Exactly.
    anotherone, Fiona59, leslie :-D, and 6 others like this.
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    I was a PCA for 7 yrs. and I have been out of of the field for 5yrs. I'm now taking classes to be an RN & it's stories like this that me happy to be in the pursuit of becoming a RN. I miss the medical field. However I'm getting an opportunity to be apart of the Nurses Guild at my Church. They do BP checks, glucose monitoring & other health class. I'm so excited about being apart of that as well. Thanks for the awesome story. Patients family members & lived ones can really make your day.
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    I've never felt less like a slave than in nursing. In retail yes, in manufacturing and design yes. Nursing no. I'm in a field of nursing that has a high patient/family appreciation rate and every time they thank me I say honestly that it was my pleasure.

    I used to be self employed. I had creativity, autonomy and freedom. I feel the same way about nursing sometimes too. Not slavery not to me.
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    I love this post! Thank you so much for sharing.
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    I loved reading your post! You are right that caring can neither be bought nor taught and with days like you described, family and patient appreciation makes all the difference. However, I do not think that your staffing levels are safe. The scenario that you described is downright scary! Anxiety level and thus risk for errors are just expected with this kind of assignment and on top of that you are still brand new?? I hope that this gets better soon for you, because I hate to tell you this but you will get burnt out within a matter of months.
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    brought tears to my eyes!! great post and def makes it all worth it!
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    brought tears to my eyes!! great post and def makes it all worth it!
    I kind of felt teary too. Sometimes the good posts take your breath away and bring all the good stuff back into focus. TY to OP.
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    Quote from mindlor
    You are too kind I am afraid....I have so much to learn. I feel like an infant. I pray everyday that I do no harm to a patient. I was involved in a rapid response the other day and I was really really impressed by the nursing supervisor and how she handled everything. Just so fluid and calm. She was amazing. She has tons of experience. I am going to ask her to be my mentor I hope she says yes.
    places like this hire very skilled supervisors usually as they are the resource and critical response person of the facility....especially on the off shifts. I loved that job.

    Bless you..... for you are an infant in the nursing world. Those who recognize what they have to learn will be great mentors someday!!!!
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    I also would like safer staffing. I just want someone to do my VS, accuchecks, and help with getting ppl to the bathroom, HELP cleaning them up. I take responsibility for communicating with a tech to make sure I know what they have learned about my patients. It would free up time to make sure meds are passed ON time, for me to TEACH, and for me to provide emotional support. I do care so much! Which is why I hate the nights I'm so busy I feel as though all I have time to do is check things off a list of tasks.


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