I understand that when things go not as expected, or people don't feel they got the care they deserve, they have a right to be upset. If it was due to a mistake a nurse made, I understand feeling it was the nurses fault. But I don't understand the "fire the nurse" over everything mentality.
I was talking with a girl who went to the hospital thinking she was in labor. They kept telling her she wasn't, 3 different nurses apparently checked her, and said she was only dialated to a "3ish" She was sure she was in labor, a veteran nurse overheard and volunteered to check. Sure enough she was at a 7, and they had to rush to get things ready. Had they discharged her, she would have delivered at home.
Understandably she's upset. But she kept talking about "those idiot new nurses", and other things. She does think the nurses got in trouble, the doctor and the veteran nurse were very upset. She was saying she's was going to "Follow up and she thinks they should be fired"
I and another nurse were talking to her. We explained that while no one wants to be the learning experience, if you fire every nurse who makes a mistake due to being new, than you will be left with nothing but an influx of new nurses, because no one will have a chance to learn and become experienced.
Yes, these nurses should be educated. Yes the situation should be assessed and things addressed, as it could have had a very different outcome. But I just get so frusturated with the FIRE THEM NOW mentality
Ok, sorry vent over. I just needed to vent to people who would understand. Thanks for listening.
Jan 24, '12
by Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Because we are expendable and easily replaced when someone wants satisfaction. Because we are the least respected and disposable. We are the quickest, easiest, cheapest solution when someone is demanding a head on the platter. We cost the hospital money everytime we are paid. We don't bring in any direct revenue and our services are not directly billable.
So when the time comes to place someone's head on a platter......we are the first thrown under the bus. As long as we continue to argue amongst ourselves we will have a difficult time gaining the respect we deserve.
This particular situation seems to be missing key information. Why did the patient keep getting checked. What was the symptom that prompted her to keep getting checked. For the "senior nurse" to be finally called to the bedside I would assume sometime had passed and she very possibly progressed to 10.......the constant stimultion from frequent checking I would think help move things along. It has been my personal experience that when it comes time to deliver there is this sense of suprise and urgency that amused me even in labor.......like they didn't think a baby would be born eventually. The first time I delivered I think they thought at first I was hysterical bacause I bust out laughing at the hilarity inside my head. I turned and looked at my husband and said...." I don't know what all the fuss is about, I mean they knew why I was here....."
read this and see how little we are respected
Arizona Nurse Has License Threatened By Doctor After Providing Patient Education | The Nerdy Nurse
Last edit by Esme12 on Jan 24, '12