I just started Agency nursing. Previously I only ever worked at one facility as a nurse and it was third shift. I went agency so I could cut back my hours to spend more time with my son who has health problems. My first agency job was at a place where I had been an aid and it was third shift. I truly enjoyed that.
Last night however, I worked my first FULL second shift at a place where I had no experience. (I had done second shift second med pass once in a while where I last worked.) WOW! With people being out of their rooms, some meds missing and a resident Halloween party going on it took me the entire shift to do both med passes and my treatments. By the 'entire shift' I mean no breaks or lunch and I went from 4pm - 11pm. Talk about embarassed! I felt like I did not have any training at ALL!
Can anyone offer some suggestions to maybe cut that time down? I had 6 sets of vitals to get and 4BP is it OK to ask the aids to assist with this? I really liked the facility and the RN I was working with was very nice and most helpful.
Is there a thread anywhere with some other agency war stories? I want to be asked to come back and NOT have people think I am a
. Anyone else ever take that long for first agency med pass? I had only 25 patients, 4 feed tubes and no real pill crusher just a small mortar and pestal. OMG! Never used that before. Guess how many tubes I clogged
I had crushed everything fine but the syring and tube were so narrow everything clogged even the bolus nutritions did not drain down with out pushing each and every tube full with the plunger. I was used to 24 french these were....TINY!
Does it get better? I know what I am doing, I can do the job. I guess I forgot how hard it was when you didn't know the patients by sight. Thankfully this facility had all residents banded, no exception. Once I found someone I was able to verify it was them.(I never solely trust staff ID).