Sick at work, AND disappointed! - page 2

I was at work last night (12hr nightshift) and all night people were telling me that I didnt look well,pale, diaphoretic etc, I had a bit of a headache to start and I just assumed it was because of... Read More

  1. by   P_RN
    Ewwww you poor kid!

    We also had the supervisor be notified and meet us in the ER. Only time I was ever treated like you were was in a "classy" private Catholic hopsital. They didn't know I was a Nurse, but then that shouldn't have mattered should it?

    Feel better Sweet-Pea....SOON!
  2. by   oramar
    Most new nurses have an experience like this. What happens is that in the future they start to call off when they feel ill. Once you are at work if your are sick you work that way. Thus comes the managment complaining about excessive absenteeism. PS Most nurses do not recieve the crappy treatment you recieved but they do come in sick to work and wish they had not. PPS God Bless you and keep you and make you feel better soon. I think I said before I like reading your post and I think you are a real doll.:kiss
    Last edit by oramar on Jul 4, '02
  3. by   fab4fan
    Staff who need to see the doc in the ED are redlined for the exam. The only time one would wait woud be if we had several bad pts, all trying to code simultaneously.

    Customer swervice should include us, too!
  4. by   fab4fan
    Sorry...meant to say "service", not "swervice."
  5. by   ERNurse752
    That sucks...the triage nurse didn't listen to what you were telling her, and it all snowballed from there.
    Hope you're on your way to feeling better now!
  6. by   thisnurse
    wendy...its nurses like you who give the rest of us a bad name...we use the bucket treatment on our unit all the time. we all wear catheters too. if the budget allows they let us change them once a week.
    there is no excuse for leaving work. even if you die on duty you can hold charts at least or be a door stop.

    i wont even go to our ER anymore. i go to our sister hospital. our ER docs (i swear there is only one...he is always there when i am)
    is OBVIOUS about getting the pt in and out. he doesnt listen to anything you say. he looks at you...orders the test and you are out the door with a script of pain pills...needed or not. just to shut you up. i know all about being busy....this guy is ridiculous.

    and i dont care they SHOULD take care of their own first, of course in non emergency situations. we dont get that many percs and that should be one of them.
    the nurse that told you to wave if you pass out should be slapped.

    i can believe that they heard you wretch and never came in. this stuff happens on our unit all the time. ill hear someone wretching or the phone is ringing and nobody is answering it, or call bells are going off and the assistants are just sitting there. i go to the desk and say loudly....OH WHATS THAT NOISE? DO YOU HEAR THAT? GEE WONDER WHAT THAT COULD BE...and then i go take care of it.

    i was unfrotuantely back in the ER last night. had a wonderful doc who asked me if they "went in my heart" to put the stent in my aorta.
    maybe it was a trick question.

    hope you feel better and i hope you at least gave all of the ER staff a big sloppy kiss before you left.

    mario...some advice for you....better watch what you say about the may be right may be VERY right in what you say but you are not a nurse yet. i just dont want to see you
    accidentally burning any bridges. you might not have noticed but nurses can be very viscious...i know, i know..its hard to
    im only saying this because i have seen some of our CNA's say things like that about nurses and the next thing you know ALL of the nurses heard what she said but NONE of them heard what she REALLY said...until i told them. just dont pizz anyone off unless you have to. its not even worth are a great CNA soon to be a great nurse. just dont want you to get caught up in some of the stupid politics.
    Originally posted by thisnurse
    i hope you at least gave all of the ER staff a big sloppy kiss before you left.

  8. by   kaycee
    What I always thought was funny was the supervisor would always send people down to the ER when they got sick at work. BUT, when we would get sick at work(the ER nurses), we would go home. Finally I asked, was there a written policy?? Well there wasn't, it was the supervisors making their own rules. Now if a staff member gets sick at work if they want to go to the ER they can but they can also just go home too.
    We take care of our own and see fellow workers fairly quickly as long as we're not balls to the walls busy.
    Hope you're feeling better hapeewendy and I'm sooo sorry you were treated that way.
  9. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    there is no excuse for leaving work. even if you die on duty you can hold charts at least or be a door stop
    If you can get to them before rigor, expired nurses make a great IV pole..........A little akward for transport though, so somewhat impractical. Oriented patients need to be sedated before implementing this cost-cutting measure..........geeze, they get so freaked out they won't sleep in the room with the "new IV pole"

    I hope the "Oreo therapy" is going well(they make choclate peanutbutter ones now.....Yumm):kiss
  10. by   suzannasue
  11. by   adrienurse
    Reminds me of a time when I had the flu and a blazing headache while at work on the night shift. Worked as evening supervisor in 300 bed PCH and was the only RN on that night because we were already shortstaffed and had vacant positions (read: it was such a crappy place to work at that people had passed up a full time position). I called the admin. person on call and she refused to come in to relieve me and said I had to stay there for the rest of the shift because (ha ha) it was unsafe for the place to be without an RN. I left anyway and quit shortly after.

    Where do I find these loser employers anyway!?

    Hey, why don't we have a puking smilie to use?
  12. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    SECOND the vomiting avatar!!!

    Good call.
  13. by   fiestynurse
    I hope that you got paid for this time you spent in the ER, when you could have been home in bed, where you belonged. This is a dumb policy, meant to discourage people from going home sick. I would file a formal complaint, informing them of your recent experience. If they want to retain nurses, they better start treating us as professionals. I would not have put up with that crap!! We are nurses, we should know when we are sick and need to go home.