We are ALL on the same team. - page 3
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... Read More
Mar 29, '13Quote from Armygirl7I would like this a thousand times if I could!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!
Mar 30, '13I 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.
Mar 31, '13Quote from NurseOnAMotorcycleThis is really sad. It can't help but be picked up by patients. Psychological comfort is as important as pain relief.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.
We love our transporter and our lift team.
Apr 4, '13I'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.
Apr 6, '13Quote from nursej22Depends. At my hospital, some ER nurses are just slackers. They send pts to X-ray fully clothed but want chest and t-spines. So we have to get them changed and prepped. Pt has a cut finger and order a stat trauma. Really? or the notorious calling housekeeping cuz pt mistakenly voided on the floor and nurse puts a sheet over it so they "have to clean it" and not herI 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.
We do help each other out for the most part though. If a pt needs to go to CT from X-ray, we take them. Pt needs to void, we help them and not leave it up to the nurse. But I think a lack of communication and staff (which we all are) is the major problem. We used to get our own pts but then the nurses were so unorganized (for lack of better word) that it had us making several trips to attempt to get pts while others waited. Became easier for nurses to take them to and we take them back. Darn, my techs have even cleaned pts
Yes Nurses do a bit of everything but that's what we do