What a day!!! I get 9 patients and 3 different nurses. I'm an Extern, PCT or whatever you wanna call me. I had the middle hallway which included the nurses station so I was spread out. I started at one end of the hallway and proceeded to get everyone washed up, changed and beds made. After I had a good handle on one end of the hallway I went to do a quick check on the other end. Looked like 59 went for a test so I asked Nurse "B" where he went and when he would be back. I got a "Who wants to know?" I said " I do." So I knew at this point he would be gone for awhile and I could concentrate on someone else. 63's daughter pulled me in and had me help her change the bed at least three times over 1.5 hrs while we kept her upright in a chair. She was semi-alert. So most of my time was spent with her. Halfway thru I checked on 59 and he was back so I went in there, got him washed, changed his gown and his top sheet (he would not let me change his bottom sheets, he did not want to roll over - two infected fistulas in either arm) I tried to sweet talk him but he wouldn't budge or roll over. So I got him comfy and went back to 63. I passed Nurse B and asked if she needed anything and she said "just get 59 comfortable" I replied that it had already been done. So 63 wanted to get back in bed- did that- went and drew bld on 67, changed 68, put 58 on bedpan, changed 60, and then to my surprise got accosted in the hallway by Nurse B.
She ranted and vented on me saying that she was so embarrased that 59's bottom sheet and pad were not changed, yelling at me saying that the family had to see it and the doctor was there as well. She said That is unacceptable- you were supposed to get him comfy!!!!! I looked at her and mentioned that he would not let me and she kept ranting...I figured if I tried to do anymore explaining then it would just be an argument. So I said nothing while she pounced on me, then when I thought she was finished, I said, OK and walked off. (Whatever!!! I'm thinking)
As far as I'm concerned I did make him comfy and did my best to get those sheets but he was yelling at me to get away. If she saw the sheets needed to be changed then she should have taken it upon herself to change them.
Doesn't she know we all help each other out? I couldn't get to him in her required time frame but I did make him comfy.
Any nurse that thinks it is beneath her/him to change a bed should go back to nursing school..............Oh that's the tech's job............Sometimes you gotta help out- she knew I was busy with 8 other patients. Get a grip on your emotions...............Geesh.................I let her throw her weight around and when I did not respond the way she expected, she gave up and later was civil to me..............Give me a Break!!!!HB