We are ALL on the same team. - page 3

by Mully 10,013 Views | 30 Comments

You know what I'm freaking sick of? Mixed-unit and mixed-discipline hostilities. Or at least that's what I call it. I'm talking about the constant complaints about everyone else in the hospital. Now granted, I've only... Read More


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    I'm a student and during my rotations I see this type of behavior everyday, many times I'm the one getting yelled at by my nurse simply because they don't want to be bothered by a student. I find there is little comradery among the nurses and unfortunately the patients are the ones that suffer. I find it disappointing and discouraging to see this type of behavior everyday so early in my education.
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    Bravo.
    I think it's part of the larger societal flipness and "gotcha" attitude that I see all around me everywhere now. It's the prevalent form of humor and and popularity on the television which the vast majority of the population feeds their minds with - junk food for the brain!
    Rx: Kill your television - love thy neighbor - and give co-workers the benefit of the doubt - take responsibility for your own frustration and stress without blaming others! So many of the stresses in nursing are institutional and systemic - not the fault of any individual nurse at any given time.
    Peace out!
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    It made me so sad to read your post. Please don't be discouraged. I have been a nurse for 36 years. Not every facility is like that. You just have to find the right one. I finally did 12 years ago. I know that's a long time but I spent a good 20 years traveling.
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    I was recently told to stand down about talking about this! Our transporters get called stupid, unbelievable, and get cursed at. they are treated terribly! Can you imagine if it were you being openly hated for every single thing you did? Each and every day? I spoke to some higher ups about it. They pulled the whole "well we can't do anything about it" card. Don't my friends deserve to come to work and not be hated for 12 hours a day?

    Next to them I have it easy. I just get hated over the phone by the floor nurses. And each and every one says "I would never do that!" And goes on doing it.
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    Guilty. I complain about the pharmacy all the time
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    Well said! Everyone should read this!
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    Quote from Armygirl7
    I think it's part of the larger societal flipness and "gotcha" attitude that I see all around me everywhere now. It's the prevalent form of humor and and popularity on the television which the vast majority of the population feeds their minds with - junk food for the brain!
    Rx: Kill your television - love thy neighbor - and give co-workers the benefit of the doubt - take responsibility for your own frustration and stress without blaming others!
    I would like this a thousand times if I could!
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    I agree that we shouldn't take out our frustrations on co-workers. But I feel like its always up to nursing to pitch in when other departments are short but never vice versa. When housekeeping is short we strip rooms, when nursing is short I don't see housekeepers emptying linens and trash. No transporters? It's up to nursing to get patients to X-ray, but they can never assist someone to the restroom. My patient is respiratory distress and 3 bed alarms ringing but RT won't call the MD for orders for blood gases and BiPap.
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    Quote from NurseOnAMotorcycle
    I was recently told to stand down about talking about this! Our transporters get called stupid, unbelievable, and get cursed at. they are treated terribly! Can you imagine if it were you being openly hated for every single thing you did? Each and every day? I spoke to some higher ups about it. They pulled the whole "well we can't do anything about it" card. Don't my friends deserve to come to work and not be hated for 12 hours a day?

    Next to them I have it easy. I just get hated over the phone by the floor nurses. And each and every one says "I would never do that!" And goes on doing it.
    This is really sad. It can't help but be picked up by patients. Psychological comfort is as important as pain relief.
    We love our transporter and our lift team.
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    I'm guilty of not knowing how much oxygen is on a patient. Sometimes you confuse who is on 2L and who is on 3L. Unless it's something more obvious like 15L or a nonrebreather. If I don't write it down I won't always remember it. I can have multiple people with pneumonia so I sometimes forget the exact number of liters unless I refer to my "brain". After your shift sometimes you're just a little tired.

    I rarely get report from the ER in my facility. I receive very little notice about an admission. I would love to get report. I am told whatever information I need is in the computer. A lot of times it is. If I have a question the contact number for the nurse who is supposively responsible for that patient never knows anything or the patient comes up at the beginning of my shift and they've already gone home and nobody can help me. I write up incident reports for it. The ER nurse does get preliminary orders but sometimes they're incorrect. They just write down what the doctor says. I had someone admitted with severe abdominal pain and there was an order for a general diet. Luckily she didn't get anything. I talk to my manager but I am told to write it up. I have gotten patients on cardizem and heparin drips and had no idea.

    I don't avoid getting report on a patient. If I am in the middle of something I take their number and call them back as soon as I finish. The majority of the nurses I work with at my current facility do the same. That is a great article and I have experienced most of that at the various places I've worked at. I'm lucky I don't deal with a lot of that at my current facility. I've been there 2 years and it is by far my favorite place.


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