I finally Cracked... - page 2

Yeah, I admit it, the stress got to me today. It started off with the weather, snow. Got to work 22 minutes late. Then I had a heavy pt load, 4 Total cares and 3 moderate cares. No tech. I didn't... Read More

  1. by   jnette
    (((((((((((HUGS)))))))))) Adam.

    It is a painful thing, we've been there, too. One can only do so much and a body can tolerate only so much stress.

    Be kind to yourself and look forward to better days.
  2. by   Sheri257
    Quote from Adam D. RN2005
    Then I had a heavy pt load, 4 Total cares and 3 moderate cares. No tech.
    I've often wanted to sit down with the charge nurses and ask ... why patient assignments aren't based more on acuity. And why the high acuity patients aren't spread around more. It often seems like they dump too many total cares on one person without any regard as to how you're supposed to juggle that kind of load.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Dec 14, '05
  3. by   oldiebutgoodie

    I have read your posts before, and I am impressed with your enthusiasm. You are a kind and compassionate person, and it sounds like you are doing fine. Considering the patient load they are giving you, I don't know how you do it at all!

    Take care, and keep on keepin' on! It sounds like you are the type of nurse that will make a great preceptor someday.

  4. by   AtlantaRN
    Hey! your only human! Just do what you can and be WILLING to delegate the rest! That is why we have charge nurses (that don't have any patients). They should be your resource nurse also...

    Hang in there, and tomorrow is another day!

    I've been a nurse 10 yrs and meltdowns are inevitable...especially when we pour everything we have into patient care, and family care (at my facility our families are our patients too, so if you have 7 patients and 3 family members per each patient...you have 21 patients! )

    Take care of you first and the rest will fall into place

    Keep your chin up!

  5. by   AtlantaRN
    sometimes at my facility they dump the heavy load patients on the ones that can do the best with them (hence, the best nurses get dumped on the most).