I freaked out - page 2

I totally freaked out at work the other day. It was extremely inappropriate and uncalled for. I am embarassed to go to work. The other morning, right during our 8am med pass ~ including all the... Read More

  1. by   Antikigirl
    We have had this probelm before..and some other things that have come up that hindered med pass as well...like working on the water lines and not having water during med passes! GRRRRRR!

    We nurses spoke to managment (and yes, angry pts did too), and our managers spoke to administration to have certain times of the day off limits to any maintance/janitorial tasks that would hinder our ability to pass medications safely and in a timely manner! The administration also had to fork out the extra money to have many of these things done at night (things that do not make much noise!).

    The times of these items were put on a calender or marked daily so we could alert our pts that there could be delays during such and such time and to please plan accordingly (typically announced at meals, and reminded by staff). In the case of the water deal, that had to be announced three days before, and all pts got the notice...posted everywhere...announced at meal times...and staff reminders! We also made sure each nursing station had a jug of water just in case, or even gatoraide or what not!

    Sounds like your management should step in and manage the time of janitorial tasks vs nursing tasks. The medical end should always be top (healthcare facility..hello!).
  2. by   supernurse65
    I too believe there is a safety factor and a "law" that one side of the hall has to be accessible at all times in case of emergency IE not putting items (linen carts) etc on both sides of the hall.
  3. by   CuttingEdgeRN
    Bring donuts to work for everyone (enough for janitors especially!!!).
    That always works, LOL They'll end up laughing with you!
  4. by   ICRN2008
    I would just apologize to the janitors the next time you see them. I would also take this issue up with administration, because there is clearly a lack of prioritization going on. The patients come first!

    I ran into a similar situation about a year ago in the lab. I had a critical patient coming out of surgery (CABG) and I could not get at my blood gas analyzer because the janitors were stripping the floors in that area of the lab. When I initially stated that it would be better to come back later because I might have to get at the analyzers, they did not seem to understand that I mean every single one and that included the blood bank! Try telling an ICU nurse that they will have to wait a half-hour for a blood gas on their fresh post-op because the floors are being waxed...I certainly wasn't going to do that! I could have been nicer to the housekeeping staff, but they just did not see to understand that patients come first...I did apologize later on that night...

    In the end, my supervisor talked with the housekeeping supervisor, and from what I understand they were able to come up with a solution that was more sensitive to patient and caregiver needs.

    I have not since had to deal with this situation, so I do not know how they worked it out.
  5. by   ICRN2008
    As in aside, who would choose to put in flooring that has to be stripped and waxed in a hospital? Obviously that is poor planning on the part of the designers, because there are many areas of the hospital that must function 24/7, and interrupting the work flow can affect patient care. I applaud the hospitals that include nurses in the design of units, pharmacists in the pharmacy's design, etc.
  6. by   lovinghands
    Quote from beautifulb
    I totally freaked out at work the other day. It was extremely inappropriate and uncalled for. I am embarassed to go to work.
    Oh boy, I can really relate to this one. I got on my soapbox with the CEO ,of all people :uhoh21: , last week in a meeting and now dread going back to work this week. I am the talk of the program and do not want to be. Keep your chin up - we all have our moments...
  7. by   Elisheva
    Quote from CuttingEdgeRN
    Bring donuts to work for everyone (enough for janitors especially!!!).
    That always works, LOL They'll end up laughing with you!
    Food is a great healer. I was going to suggest taking a plate of brownies for the janitors and the nursing staff on shift. Just say "yesterday was a bad day and I felt really bad about it." Period.

    It's not necessary to do anything extra. You said you were sorry and we all have bad days. But sometimes just a little extra something goes a long way.
  8. by   lisamc1RN
    Hugs to you! Bring in donuts for the janitors and I'm sure they will forgive you anything. I totally understand your frustrations about trying to work under those conditions, too. It seems that every afternoon, when I had time to call doctors and family members, housekeeping chose to vaccuum right in front of the nurse's station! I finally did ask them to vacuum elsewhere in the afternoons.
  9. by   Loukocyte
    Dont freak out, I can totally empathize with you. I have MANY days like that. Im sorry you had such a crappy day but Im sure your colleagues understand. Besides, you apologized, as any normal human bieng would have. ( you should see me when I have nutty days,,,,,im a total nut) lol.
    Hang in there and go back to work.
  10. by   MS._Jen_RN
    Quote from adrienurse
    Yeah, one day I'm going to go completely mental on one of those floor polisher machines. Just pound the fricken tar out of it. This is one of my fantisies. Get out of the way if you see me running with a bat.
    I thought that I was the only one who HATES those things. They're loud, smelly, and hugely in the way at the most inconvienent times. May be we could lead a revolt against them.
  11. by   anne74
    This is the very reason why I transferred out of med/surg nursing! That type of environment can bring the craziness out of anyone! You're not a bad person, you're just experiencing burn-out. I'm sure your many years of being cheerful will buy you some forgiveness for this one incident. You'll be OK.:wink2:
  12. by   nannybrown
    I hope your day was better. Just remember that if anyone gave you grief, more than likely they will find someone else to talk about in a short while. Just be yourself, be professional, and above all, if you should happen to see someone else "freak out" on whomever, don't make them feel as your peers made you feel.
  13. by   adrienurse
    Never mind the fact that it's a proven fact that shiny floors and people with confusion and low vision do NOT go together. But what ever looks nice for administration........Buff away!