End of shift blessings
- 26Aug 4, '12 by brian, ADN Admin
This one is funny. I can see this happening every shift change.
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- 5Aug 4, '12 by imintroubleConfused guy. Mobile, which is always a problem when people are confused.
I wrestled with this guy all night long. Trying to use reason. I know, trying reason with the unreasonable is pointless. Is was exhausting.
The last thing I did before I left the floor was check on his room.
He was in his room, but naked. Foley, IV, O2 tubing, and incision drains x 2 in a tangle. Standing up and looking out the window. I'd already given report.
I passed my replacement in the hall, alerted them, and left. Even nurses are not bottomless pits of compassion.
- 4Aug 5, '12 by givefaceQuote from imintroubleEnough said! I can't stand this lollipops and rainbows should be spewing out of our mouths mentality that so many nurses seem to have. Ours is a tough profession and it takes a big person to resist the overwhelming urge to correct people's unruly behaviour.Even nurses are not bottomless pits of compassion.
- 2Aug 5, '12 by NursinginProgressPatient, 72 y/o female, alert and almost and I thought was oriented (har har), wound dressing from left antecubital to palm area due to laceration of unknown, in tact, no drainage or blood to note at this time. (Stay with me now)Go in, take report, introduce myself, she asks what time I'd see her, said I'd come around 4pm since 5 o clock meds would be due, pt states fine, no complaint. Exactly 4:03pm, call light issued, dressing is half way off, blood everywhere. Immediately cleaned with NS, new dressing, tolerated medication administration w/o incidence while I was in there. (Hey, kill two birds with one stone right?) pt asks, when would I check on her again, (gut feeling kicks in...light bulbs are coming on..well in my head anyway.) I stated around 8pm. Pt states fine. No issue or complaint, 7:59pm I stand outside her room where she couldn't see me because something just wasn't right anymore. 8:00pm hits, pt looks at the clock, looks at her cellphone (oh yes, this one was a savvy one), presses the call bell. (still watching her) 8:02pm, she starts squeezing the life out of her arm, pulling off the dressing and literally prying her laceration open. I immediately walked in and was ... A little unprofessional. I told her very sternly, "Oh my God, really? I saw what you did! You're opening yourself up for infection! Blaaaaahhhh!?!" pt states, "you should come on time." Changed the dressing to tegaderm and never gave her an exact time after that. Came shift change, I explained everything to the 11-7 shift and the nurse and I agreed to post the sign, "Time is of an importance." outside her room, since this was a reoccuring situation. LOL
- 6Aug 5, '12 by JZ_RNI hate people who think that I should be there "on the dot" like they are the only patient there. I've told those people straight up, I may be busy elsewhere but I will try to come around such and such time. I can't promise anything. And if they get nasty:
If you want a private duty nurse, pay for one yourself, I have to do my work and prioritize and if you're not my number one priority, feel happy: You're not the one dying.
- 0Aug 8, '12 by MahzieLPNBelieve it or not, my own mother-in-law is one who expects/demands that meds, etc., are done on the dot. She was especially unreasonable when my father-in-law was hospitalized a handful of times before he died - at home. Try as we might to explain that the nurses had other patients as well, she still felt somewhat entitled (oh, how I HATE that word!) to being FIRST. . .I always apologized to nurses, RTs, etc., who got an earful from her, as they exited the room and I was standing in the hallway. Unbelievable, even to this day...