Anybody else have days like this? - page 2

i come into work an hour early for a meeting, which is biggie. as i hit the back.....more than the usual monday......rooms 1-22 filled, plus hallways, a, b, c, d, e, f, g are filled. 12... Read More

  1. by   ERNurse752
    Sounds like that day just plain 'ol sucked!
    I think that's one of the hardest things about ER...things can go to hell in a handbasket, and you're virtually powerless to stop just have to deal with whatever you get hit with. No wonder you always hear ERs referred to as "The Pit" or "The Dungeon!"
    All we can do is do our best and hope it's good enough, and that we and the patients will survive it!
  2. by   debbyed
    Sounds like all my nights for the part month...........however...........I am now officially on vacation for the next 10 days and I'm not doning nothing, not going anywhere just vegetating!

    Hopefully when I get back I can deal with it all over again with a better frame of mind.

    By-the-way Do ER nurses get lunch breaks???????????
  3. by   CEN35
    thanks april.......yes wed was better!!!

    everybody else thanks too...........and no i rarely get lunch anymore.......4 times in three weeks.
  4. by   RazzmaStaaz
    Suzy k
    I don't have any answers or suggestions for you but, I will say a prayer for your sanity.
  5. by   Mijourney
    Hi. CEN, after reading your initial post, I had a 15 point rise in both my s/d bp. That usually warrants another pill. After you wrote you had a better day Wednesday, it's now come down. P_RN, your offer of a hug was so sweet. Hoahee! What a day CEN!
  6. by   hoolahan
    Well Rick and Suzy, I haven't had days that bad since I decided to leave the hospital setting, but this is a bad day in HH...

    Call 3 pt's in am to set up visits, one is in a very bad area of town, he gets first vs. Call next one, she is a total hip repair, home from rehab. Her neice answers phone, says hold on, I talk with pt, it is about 9 am, I tell her I will be there between 10:30 and 11:30.

    Get to firstcase, all is OK there. Move on to the THR, her neice answers the door, says, well, something is going on. I say excuse me? She says, well, she fell this morning and she can't getup. I say take me right there. Lady is AAO, I ask how long have you been here like this? She says since just before you called.

    SAY WHAT?????!!!!! I guess it would have been using too much common sense to TELL ME that when I spoke to her, BTW, I am lying on the floor and I can't getup. DUH! (NO, I didn't say that to her.)

    I couldn't get her up by myself, she REFUSED to let me call 911. So stupid neice calls another family member who comes and helps me get miss BIG heavy BUTT off the floor, then he splits 10 sec later!

    Now had they told me she was on the floor, I would have re-arranged my priorities!!

    Now, where was that post about how stupid are you?????
    I don't ordinarily hold this against anyone, but this woman was a retired LPN. Scary thought huh? In fact many of my pt's have been retired nurses the last few weeks. I'm having a run on nurses!!
  7. by   prmenrs
    I remember a mom several years ago that asked us if it was ok to keep bringing milk in now that she had Chicken Pox!!!! And she was there in person, had been visiting her baby everyday, etc.

    Yes, really!! OK, now we've got 30 or so immunocompromised premies and NB's--all exposed to Chicken Pox! Not to mention staff!

    What a nightmare!
  8. by   CATHYW
    CEN, glad that things are a little better for you now. Of course, I'm sure you know that these things come in cycles. They always end, but sometimes you aren't sure that they will!

    Hoolihan, watch your back! I'm serious-getting a large woman up off the floor with a total hip is tantamount to lifting a slippery bag of wet cement, even WITH help. This woman definitely gets the dim bulb award for the week!
  9. by   CEN35
    thanks cathy, been over a week now........but every monday gets the same way. then tuesday i came to findout, that the system is making a maximum hourly payout to the agencies........which we would have drowned miserably wiithout the past few months. they are offering to pay, 7-10 dollars and hour less, then they have been.....and thats it. if this is the case......then we could not be able to get agency people in even could be bad.........maybe i'll have to leave and go agency then? we'll see...............

  10. by   CATHYW
    Geez! Have they spent all their budget paying top dollar to rentanurses, and now find that they still need them but can't pay them? That is definitely an Einstein move! Could they offer a bennie or two, like free parking, or free meals, scrubs laundered, childcare, or something, to entice people your way?
    If you could be assured of guaranteed hours, agency might be the way to go. When I worked agency, there was always the possibility that you could be cancelled. The other thing is to be sure that you have health insurance. I'm sure that you know all of this, but just thought I'd throw it in, if you are serious about making the move.
    We are in a recession, but healthcare will have to continue, and people will have to be paid-that's about as certain as death and taxes. We just have to stick it out, the best way we can. Good luck!
  11. by   KatWright
    Hey !! If I didn't know better I'd swear that it was my sister, but she's in a Virginia ER. However, she added that they are all asking for the flu shot, smallpox vaccination and oh yeah, test me for anthrax!!!
    No thank-you, I'll stay on my nice little Oncology unit. We just send our patients home, or to the home or HOME.
    Good luck to you. Don't forget to breathe.!
  12. by   amy
    Rick, I am SO SORRY you had that kind of night!!! Or should I say nights! I am currntly working ER, started right out of school but worked as an aide in school in the float pool. About three or four years ago we tore down the ER as we knew it and had it redone. 4 trauma/code rooms, an EENT room, gyn room, 5 other cardiac monitoring rooms one also has neg/pos pressure, ortho room, general exam for lesser injuries like ortho room without ortho supplies not immediately avail, and 4, count 'em 4, stretcher holds (WHAT were they thinking?!? Some days we need 40!!!) Although we are a community hospital, since we have had a makeover, our acuity and #'s have increased drastically! We have a cardiac cath lab, cancer treatment cntr, GI cntr, etc, etc, etc... and NOW there is talk about another makeover! Have you ever lived hrough one of those? "Sorry, squads will have to come through the waiting room, the doors on the back ramp are not functioning yet!" CPR in the general pop is NOT a beautiful thing. But, to make a long message short, YES YES YES I have had those days. ALL the rooms full, all count 'em 4 stretcher holds full, all visible hall areas full, waiters for hours in WR, then a line to be seen when we get a room, in summer they give us an extra doc but no extra nurses, techs or unit sec's to help cover, we get one LPN in the main dept. if we are lucky, overstaffed, or the ER 24 hr obs unit is closed. Yes, thankfully, we have a minor care dept that gets 1-2 PA's, LPN, and tech. Did I forget tomention we have a large summer and winter tourist population? (lake and skiing resort area) Oh yeah, I'm a '99 RN grad. But you know what? I love it. Wouldn't go back to the floors for anything in this world. Do I wonder what in the world was I thinking sometimes, or have days when I am ready to walk esp. when I work with one particular nurse that I SWEAR if I died she would bring me back so that she could tell me that I did it wrong? Yup.
  13. by   radnurse2001
    what horror stories. I can't imagine what its like right before the full moon!!!!!!! I know we used to get all the crazies and dumps 3 days before and 3 days after the full moon. Good luck-