Any Peds nurses out there? I have a few ?s to ask... - page 2

As stated in the thread title, I'm looking to ask a few questions to any peds nurses out there. If you're in NYC, that'd be even better. I am currently finishing my first year as a pediatric... Read More

  1. Visit  mo~lyssa} profile page
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    I am so sorry that you are so stressed and understaffed. I am a new peds nurse too. It doesnt matter how many patients you have, as a new nurse left alone to handle the situation on your own, it is very stressfull. After my shift last night, I think I am loosing my hair. When I finally called my sup for support, she made me regret calling her at all. I think that is what she wanted. At least now I know when I am on my own, nobody has my back. Why did I want to be a nurse again? I hope you find a safe way to protect your patients and yourself.
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  3. Visit  RNAngelus} profile page
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    KareBear - Don't say "just" a CNA. We couldn't work properly without you guys. Believe me, I know, because I've had to do it and those end up like one of the worst nights ever.

    kcksk - Goodness, can I go work where you are? Always having two RNs on the floor is a dream...

    Lyssa - You know, I also question why I ever became a nurse... But I try to remember those few and far between patients who just truly appreciate what we do. ANd I don't mean the kids because most of them just want to get better and go home and realize when you're trying to help, I mean the parents.

    Things are getting worse at work... managers still leaving us alone on the floor, sending us to other units to do NA jobs and leave our floor alone because they took the NA away and now the nurses in the other unit are rightfully overwhelmed... accusing us of insubordination when we refuse to do stupid things like that... it's getting bad... really bad. People with 10+ years in that place are dying to get the hell out of dodge...
  4. Visit  NenjaRN} profile page
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    I'm not in NY, but we are in a similar situation sometimes. I work in a small Peds unit and we too float when we have few (or no) kids. The unit used to be the way you describe, only one RN was even scheduled at a time but when I was hired in January I was told it was to change this to always have two RNs on for safety reasons. However, now if we have one or two patients, we both come in but often one nurse is required to float to another unit and their argument is another Peds nurse is in house. Safety is still a major concern! The time it takes for someone, anyone, to make it to our unit while I'm there alone (and I've only been a nurse for just over a year, Peds nurse less than) could make a major difference. And my own safety - family dynamics are a whole different world in Peds and we are a locked unit. I am a small person...if someone were to come at me (parent, visitor...even many of our teens are larger than me) what am I going to do? What if I can't make it to the button or the phone? Even if I can get out, I can't abandon my patients. Another issue was brought up recently that many of our parents do not stay and patients of any age are left alone. Say a teen concocts a story of some kind of abuse - who is there to defend you? It isn't unheard of.

    I don't have any advice...we plead our case and budgets are thrown in our face. I don't think any nurse, ever, should be left entirely alone with any number of patients. Good luck!
  5. Visit  RNAngelus} profile page
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    Nenja - I wish you the best of luck as well. Call me naive, but I wish administration would just drop the budget ******** and actually remember what all of this is really about. But that's just too much common sense I guess...
  6. Visit  jahra} profile page
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    Quote from RNAngelus

    Things are getting worse at work... managers still leaving us alone on the floor, sending us to other units to do NA jobs and leave our floor alone because they took the NA away and now the nurses in the other unit are rightfully overwhelmed... accusing us of insubordination when we refuse to do stupid things like that... it's getting bad... really bad. People with 10+ years in that place are dying to get the hell out of dodge...
    My heart goes out to you, it is terrible to see the children placed in an unsafe environment
    due to poor staffing. It seems like you need to get the resume moving and get out fast
    before something terrible occurs. I will send you a PM with further thoughts on this...

    In the meantime, best wishes finding a safe working environment that you can enjoy caring
    for your patients...
  7. Visit  RNAngelus} profile page
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    Thank you, jahra, Your words are encouraging. I'll be waiting for the PM.

    I have my resume ready, I think, heh, but I wish I had someone to look at it before I send it out. Does this site offer that?
  8. Visit  KelRN215} profile page
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    I work in peds (at a large pedi hospital) on a 26 bed unit. If we had one patient on the floor, there would STILL be 2 RNs on overnight. It's not safe to have just one.

    I believe it came about because there was a time when they kept only one nurse if there were so few patients that only one was needed. But if there are 2 patients (both of whom are potentially VERY sick) and the one nurse has to rush one to an emergent CT in the middle of the night, who's there for the other one when he starts seizing?

    I would not stay in a place that didn't provide safe staffing. As others have said, your job isn't worth losing your license.
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  9. Visit  RNAngelus} profile page
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    Kel - That's my concern exactly. Yes, sure, there are only two patients, but what if like you said, they're both very sick and one goes south... who watches the other? And since my Peds unit is very small (16 beds), there are only a few regular Peds nurses (so few of us, its ridiculous...) and a few Peds trained nurses (most don't even like working in Peds, so I don't know why they trained...)... so while I may be super busy with one kid, there literally is NO ONE to watch the others because obviously, the resident will be busy with me. It's really scary.

    I've already sent out a few applications and am looking for other places, so wish me luck, ^_^
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