I was so upset the other night, I really needed all of your professional opinions!!!
I am changing my place of employment next week and hopefully will not have to deal with the following problem (as much) there!
I had been sick for about a week. Head cold, fever, cough, etc. but was on antibiotics and was getting better, just really drained and exhausted easily. I work in OB but the department was "closed" that night when I came on duty. There are two OB nurses assigned per shift to the department.
I went on the Med/Surg floor to "float" for the night (7p-7a). Well, a labor patient came in and I get her on the monitor etc..., she was not in labor. Well, the other OB nurse came into the department and told me to take a patient assignment on the Med/Surg floor so that she would be in OB. I would not have had a problem with that except within the past hour I felt REALLY REALLY bad. Dizzy, ear pain, temp 37.4 after taking Ibuprofen and literally unable to think.
Well, my patient load consisted of 10 patients!!! There were only two other Med-Surg nurses scheduled on the floor (40 bed unit!). I told the supervisor that I could not take that much responsibility in my condition and didn't feel that I could give good patient care with 10 patients and only 1/2 of me. I actually came into work because I hate leaving the staff short an RN, but I could legitimately called in sick.
She told me she didn't know what to tell me but there was no one else that she could call in. I was so upset because first of all, this is my license on the line if a mistake is made due to any nursing error. Also, since they knew it was one of my last nights, the OB nurse was really rude to me and so was the supervisor. She ended up telling me to go home and they would manage!!!
I am supposed to work again tomorrow and still feel like crap. It is my LAST night to work there, thank God!!! I know that nurses float, I NEVER have a problem with that. I ALWAYS went in extra to work when the hospital called due to census being high. I am not lazy but not crazy either!!!
That hospital relied on OB nurses to actually take a patient load...which leaves the patients and the other nurses in a bad situation. Does anyone else have this problem all the time????? And did I over-react?