Quote from FutureNurse0201
While she might have had a bad day and a busy day, you missed the info you wanted to miss. I introduced myself before she got the report (she ignored me and walked away). Then, she found out about this challenging patient. however, when I went to talk to the professor, she already knew who the nurse was (obviously this is not the first time she screamed like crazy). And on top of everything.. it is DEU (dedicated educational unit) if you dont like it... there are other hospitals who don't have students or simply tell a charge nurse you are not comfortable with students.
I dont get a choice if i have students. Usually what happens is I rock up to work and about an hour later the educator comes around with a bunch of students and says "tenebrae, you will be having these students on your ward"
Dont get me wrong, I actually enjoy having students, I love nursing and want my students to be as passionate about it as I am. Does not change the fact that having two students adds to my work load. Thats not said as a whinge and a moan, thats said as a statement of fact
I am just sick of everyone defending this unprofessionalism. Being busy is not an excuse, handle it as an adult. Tell me to step aside for few hours, follow pct, etc. AND... how the heck ambulatory patient fell while she was in the room and how, in hell, was i supposed to know she needed help when i was outside the room.
I'm really over students who come to placement with a sense of entitlement and expect me to spoon feed them every little bit of their placement. Fortunately those types of students have been my expecting, rather than the rule, they can be very draining.
I had a tough day yesterday. One of my patients dramatically deteriorated, I'd suspected she was going into end of life stage and she required alot of input. It was my first end of life patient since my mum died three months ago and it was pushing every single one of my buttons. I did alot of snarling in my head and probably wasnt particularly loquacious with my colleagues because I was concerned if I opened my mouth too far that snarling in my head would come out
We do what we have to
And she was reprimanded for a ****** attitude in general. not for unprofessional behavior 5 minutes after she showed up at the hospital.
Oh, and to ad that she ruined my day. I was shook for the rest of the day, and even though i administered insulin 100 times by now, i couldn't get the dosage right throughout the shift.
Oh cut the crap. When you are a nurse if you make a mistake with your patients medications, you have to take responsibility for it and face the consequences. And you need to start that process as a student
After mum died, I made the mistake of coming back to work too early and I made a hell of a drug error, gave digoxin and metoprolol to a patient who had no need of cardiac rate control. I was incredibly lucky that the patient suffered no adverse effects from the med error. The fact that I was mourning not only mum but a brother in law who died about 6 weeks before mum didn't count for squat, I still had to face consequences of my actions, be investigated and write a reflection on the incident.
There are grumpy people everywhere. You have the choice to decide whether you allow them to adversly affect you, or to shrug it off and go "this person may be a complete cow, but darn it I'm not going to allow them to effect my placement experience"