I'm working on a VERY scary Med-Surg unit.
Alot of admissions of confused geriatric patients who cannot be placed anywhere else. The other night one of my admissions had been in the ER two days......................!
The longer I'm there the scarier it gets...........
understaffed and oriented to "Customer Service"
The other evening one of my patients and their family told me about coming thru ER and having a heavy object FALL ON THEM, patient had a large bruise -
had a patient going to CT scan, it took over 30 minutes to get anyone back to help transfer. There was me and the transport person waiting, pt. over 300 pounds. I'd just arrived at work and it was so busy I hadn't even had to chance to do anything but a quick assessment; this patient had been bedfast, he was a two-person assist (at least), and I get all this attitude from the transport person (staring at me, hands on hips, waiting for assistance.)
(Guess it didn't occur to her to go round up help on her own....)
Anyway I have been having more pain in my back than usual and I'm deciding that hey, I'm not willing to sustain injury because the floor is constantly understaffed. Not to mention that the nurse aides there are lazy and basically run the unit.
I have children to raise. I'm not willing to injure myself. I had a nurse aide refuse to turn a patient the other night. It all seems to fall in me, the RN.
I'm not staff there.
Anyone else faced this kind of "challenge?"