It was my 3rd day working as a contract for a small, but busy hospital.
It was a 12 hour shift, and I was on my feet for 10 hours, the other 2 hours remaining I sat down from time to time to chart.
I had 13 Pt's when I came on, but then had 2 discharges in the late morning, which left me with 11 by the end of the day. One CNA, and just me. Things probably would have been fine had I had more help with the discharges. The paperwork was a disaster, but I made it and so did the Pt's that got to go home. They went home a little later than they hoped, but they were understanding.
Yes, I called another nurse for help, and she came to help.....2 hours after I called her.
Anyhow, by the time my shift had ended, and the next nurse was sitting there ready for report, I was still passing meds to 2 people. Of course, the med passes on all of these pt's was phenomenal. That morning alone, I must have passed at least 100 pills. Probably 60 for my last med pass. The dinner time meds were suppose to be done being passed by 17:30, and I was still passing them at 18:10, but sorry, I don't consider that to be too bad...and the nurse that I was to give report to wasn't upset.
The reason why I was runing late wasn't b/c I was not organized...it was b/c many of the patients want me to "do this, do that, go get me this, I have to use the restroom." I am normally very apathetic, and I always "treat others like how I would want to be treated," but by the time my shift was ending, and I was still not done yet, and had another nurse waiting for report....I became very frustrated with one patient. God love her, she's 93 years old, and HOH, but very sharp. I gave her the dinner time meds, and she took them. She then told me that she needed fresh water b/c her water tastes stale. I told her I will be back with it, and when I returned, she started to tell me more stuff that she needed...I walked out as she was still talking, and I heard her say "Hey, don't you leave."
But, I did.
At the time, I was so upset by how my day went, that I just wanted to get done with my already late med pass, give report and go home (home is 1.5 hours away). I feel so badly that I am going to go to confess it to a priest. If someone walked away from my grandmother, I would be livid. I did it to someone elses grandmother.