Are there different options for nurses in Canada for non bedside positions? I love bedside nursing as it makes you feel very accomplished by the end of the shift but I also hate bedside nursing because flaws in the hospitals system cause errors to happen and the mistake is always the nurses fault. Even if the doctor wrote the order wrong or sloppy the nurse is the one taking the fall. I am tired of dealing with being set up to fail. I am taking care of my patients and I don't have time to babysit the doctors so that they put a route, frequency, and dosage on their medication orders. Doctors constantly write orders for drugs the patient already took without even talking to the patient about their medications. They constantly write orders for drugs from patient home med sheets that include meds that the pateint hasn't taken for months to a year. This then becomes my job. I need to practically rewrite the doctors orders and then get them approved(by wasting more time on the phone trying to get the doctor) after actually speaking to the patient about them. Isnt that the doctors job? Also I cant be expected to know that a doctor wanted to be called on an INR result when the INR result came the shift before and in the system it was already checked off that the doctor was notified of the INR results on the Previous shift.
Anyway I love med surg because the patients I get to meet. I like to talk to them and learn how people live and how they view the world. I like that when I come in the room my patient said "You know what I see?" I see that everyone is really incredibly nice!" he goes on to tell me that he can talk to everyone and even joke with them and feel comfortable. He told me I am almost always smiling and that it makes him happy too. This is a hospice patient that I just met. It felt amazing knowing that something as small as me smiling could brighten up his day so much. I never was a constant smiling person until i started working as a CNA and I realize what a difference it made especially in the confused and combative situations. Nice is better. At first I had to actually try hard to smile, but now the smiles are real and I think it shows the patients that I am happy to get to know you, I am happy to do things to help you get better, I am happy to see you happy and hopefully getting healthier.
I am 25 and I have already had back surgery, and my doctor thinks I should leave bedside asap (he told me not to take the job in the first place). I would still like to make those kind of connections with people in another area of nursing but my back cant handle bedside and my mind cant handle the possibility of serious error occurring that is my fault. I have not caused any serious error but I can see how easily they can happen when you are so busy.
Where I work the nurses do all the order entries from the doctors scribbles and it is very very easy to misread the doctors scribbles and enter in something wrong. It is easy to just miss something when you have 5 pages of orders. There are just so many things that can go wrong with setting up orders while you are also very distracted trying to take care of your other patients on the floor. It seems like everyone else just quick checks orders and they are fine but for me I take extra time and still the and checker finds errors. I mean thank god they found my errors but it just makes me realize how easy and often errors can occur. Unfortunately there is not always a person to second check your orders before you give them.
Tonight I am wondering if I could get into more of the cosmetic type nursing. Is there a demand for that anywhere in Saskatchewan? What non bedside nursing positions are in need in Sask where I could still feel that I did something important at the end of the day?