Fair enough and I really should clarify and apologize for my rant. I've been having a very hard time in my position as I do work at a for profit clinic where hyperbaric patient census overrides the need for safe and adequate staffing, however, you cannot beat the benefits and corporate support from those who oversee Safety Directors. Overall it is a good company, but with a few poorly managed clinics. There's no way they can police them all. I have a great Program Director but there's only so much he can do if that makes sense.
Anyway, I do wound care as well, TCPO2 studies in the clinic and inside the chamber, I have learned a great deal about wound care, compression wraps, debridement and get respect from the doctors as a nurse.
I am spread very thin as a wound care nurse, hyperbaric tech and safety director. I have 5 patients per day to dive by myself with no help from anyone (We have two monoplace chambers) I am allowed 15 minutes between patients to get one patient out, get vital signs, blood sugars, change linens, get vital signs and blood sugars on the next patient going in and make sure the MD checks the patient who just came out before they leave the clinic. Lunch breaks? What is that? There is nobody to relieve me so I may not get one, but don't you dare get a minute of OT. I am overwhelmed and tired, that's all.
I should retract my statement and say that hyperbaric medicine really is a fascinating field of healthcare, and I am seeing first hand how successful it is in healing difficult wounds that other specialists have given up on. We have saved limbs and healed wounds that never would have healed with more conventional methods, so yes, hyperbaric nursing is very unique. I hope more physicians open their minds and start referring patients with appropriate diagnosis for hyperbaric treatment.