Would you feel safe being a patient at your hospital or medical facility? - page 3

Would you feel safe being a patient at your hospital or medical facility? Give us your opinion, comments or suggestions by posting a reply to this message. ------------------ Brian Short... Read More

  1. by   angelwings
    When our 10 yr old had to have emergency surgery to relieve an absess behind the optic nerve, we made it a point for one of us to stay with her. She was in much pain when she woke up, as well as nauseated and nothing had been ordered for post-op pain! Fortunately, the nurse taking care of her that night immediately got an order for pain med. Two days later when I checked on why her 10 a.m. IV antibiotic hadn't been hung yet (it was after 12:00); I found that the unit secretary and the nurse had interpreted "dc IV fluids" to mean the antibiotic as well - in fact, she was to remain on IV antibiotic for a week! The average parent (or maybe I should say one who doesn't have a medical background) might not have questioned something like this. Despite the above, I don't believe our hospital is a terrible place, and in fact, most of our nurses do provide excellent care. It only takes one person, one mistake, to compromise a patient's status....
    We need to continue to push for better staffing, better standards, etc.
  2. by   Nancy1
    Hi askater,
    I am happy to hear that you found a worksite that is better for you. I have worked in places that I probably wouldn't stay in, but I am fortunate that I did not stay at that place very long.
    When I talk to students, I always stress one of the nicest things about nursing is that you can leave and still practice.
    In fact yesterday I met a nurse who had completely left nursing because he was so stressed, but he came back and has found a worksite that he is happy in.
    It was interesting to me to see so many negative comments in this section when the actual survey was pretty evenly split.
    Perhaps the nurses who are happy did not feel the need to vent
    Thanks for letting me know that you did not leave nursing. I think my greatest fear with nursing as a profession, is there going to be someone there to take care of me when I need it????? NA
  3. by   sandygator
    Like so many who have answered this question negatively, I too was recently a patient in 'my own facility' Being on the other end was certainly an eye-opener for me! I have been a pediatric RN here for 15 years. I had heard that the adult floors were even worse (as far as staffing, care), but I was not prepared for the frightening experience I had. It's much too involved to go into details. Suffice it to say that being overdosed with MSO4 and being awakend to your own apnea alarm is not comforting....especially when NO ONE from the staff came to answer that alarm.....wouldn't catch me going back to sleep again! And as for nursing care? There was none. Period.
    Consumers had better wake up.

    "If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane"
    (Thanks, Jimmy)
  4. by   JGlass
    Please be aware that the general public reads these boards,what does this say for the our profession?remember,the next time you go to work someone may ride your but all day because they are insecure with NURSES caring for their families because afterall ,"they wouldn't trust their peers to care for them."..
  5. by   sandygator
    JGLASS...the "General public" has a right to know.
    The fact that nurses feel this way about the facility they work in does not speak ill of 'the profession' itself, but rather, where managed care and the profit conscious
    industry is taking us all. Until the consumers realize what cutting costs by cutting qualified nursing staff means to them, it will continue to be this way.
    The opinions here ARE from consumers, but we are consumers who know how it should be versus how it is.
  6. by   maikranz
    Some of my colleagues and I have made a pact that if any of us were ever in extremis and had to go to the hospital, we each would be the private duty person for the other.
    At least we would have a nurse.

  7. by   JGlass
    Originally posted by Sandygator:
    JGLASS...the "General public" has a right to know.
    The fact that nurses feel this way about the facility they work in does not speak ill of 'the profession' itself, but rather, where managed care and the profit conscious
    industry is taking us all. Until the consumers realize what cutting costs by cutting qualified nursing staff means to them, it will continue to be this way.
    The opinions here ARE from consumers, but we are consumers who know how it should be versus how it is.
    well Sandy I agree with you that everyone [the general public]has the right to know how health care is, but to hear you guys hacking up the Hospitals you work for didn't set right with me,where I'm from we strive to maintain a professional role in Health Care,and try to offer a therapeutic environment for the PATIENT this cant possibly be done if the moral of the profession keeps getting dumped into the toilet by Nurses themselves,"what happened to the patient's best interest first"?

  8. by   hag
    I have read the comments of the people on this page and I am concerned about the negative experiences experienced by so many.
    I had a brief stay in the hospital where I work a few years ago icluding being ventilated in ICU. I remember excellent care by the ICU staff and scary care by the floor staff. I probably saw an RN once a shift if I was lucky! Luckily I had a lot of friends who were ICU staff ( I work ICU at the hospital) and they kept checking up on me and bringing me what I needed.
    I think the patiens in all of the units (ICU'S) get excellent care and the floor patients are not getting the care they deserve,leading in some cases to being adnmtted to the units.We have had several admissions that could have probably been prevented if the patient's condition had been noticed a little earlier.
    I recently worked in a floor for the first time (with 4 patients, which I know is a good assignment!) and can see why the care is so lacking.
    Firstly there are not enough RNs and too many untrained techs. Secondly there are too many new graduates being placed in situations that they are not trained for with too many patients, too sick patients and not enough supervision or guidance from more experienced staff. There are also nurses being pulled from completely different areas who are not trained in these particular areas. ie, we will get stepdown nuses pulled to the ICU without the proper training and they are scared to death,not being used to the acuity of patients we have.
    We are also being pulled to areas that we are not familiar with and when we protest we are told that as ICU staff we can go any whereas we have the technical skills!! I may be able to deal with a ventilator in my sleep but it does not mean I can do a peds patient or go to the OR.
    Having been a patient, especially intubated, has given me an insight to the 'other side' and made me a lot more sensitive to my patients needs.
    Until management wakes up and realises what is happening in the health system it is up to us to watch out for our patients and our fellow nurses alike and stand up and make some noise when staff are being pulled or we are being placed in unsafe situations.

    [This message has been edited by hag (edited April 10, 2000).]
  9. by   justanurse
    My husband had a bad accident last month. He spent a week in a major metropolitan trauma center here in the mid-west. His nursing care was good - THE DOCTORS (and their attitudes) SUCKED!!!!!

    I was never so happy to get him home and back in my facility. Many of the nurses who care for him now, know me and have taken good care of him. There was only one night that he didn't want me to leave. I feel much better with him here. I'll feel even better when I can get him home.
  10. by   drjtk76
    Hey what a great question! Sorry but I'm ashamed to say NO! I guess that I have been a nurse too long and I know how little it takes to make a serious mistake. I would be praying to God the whole time and hope there was an experienced, happy, refreshed, fulfilled nurse pushing that IV med into me!
  11. by   Anonymous Registered Nurs
    Absolutely NOT. Even though I know just about everyone there. I say this because they (management) are really, understaffing. If I was on Med-Surg, my RN would have 12 patients plus she would be responsible for all the IV meds of a LPN who has another 12 patients of her own, and they would only have 2 "techs" to assist them. Yes, thats right, 24 patients for 4 staff (1 RN, 1 LPN, 2 unlicensed techs). In CCU/ICU the RN would have 3-4 patients with 1 tech (who is also responsible for up to 14 patients, unit clerking, lab draws, blood sugars, stocking, and all the baths). EVEN THE BEST NURSE IN THE WORLD COULD NOT PROVIDE QUALITY CARE UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES. I just don't get how the administators can get away with this, SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE TO STOP THIS!! So I started an internet petition, but nobody is signing it. I'm very heart sick about the situation but don't know else to do.
  12. by   JodieRN
    I had a Lap Chole at the hospital where I work two years ago. At the time I had only been working there about 6 months. I was given a private room at no extra charge..one of the few staff perks My nurses were great, so I know if they were that good to me, they are taking good care of the rest of the patients! They give the job their all, despite the poor staffing ratios. I guess it helped that I already knew everyone because I was pt on my own floor!! I do have to say there was only one person that I did not want taking care of me, because we have conflicting ideas about pain management, so the secretary made sure she placed me in a room at the end opposite of where this nurse was working (another perk with regard to knowing the staff). I am having shoulder surgery later next month in a hospital 90 miles from home. Not because I don't have confidence in the staff at my hospital, but because the Orthopod here treated me like garbage. I don't know if he thought I "knew it all" and he didn't need to explain just because I'm a nurse or what. But I knew I could not let him manage my care when I read the consultation he dictated...he stated he discussed certain topics with me that I have no recollection of him discussing with me...hmmmm?? What do you think of that?? Did he have me confused with someone else or????Besides the fact that the man wrote two pages about a woman who he spent all of five minutes with!!! I'd like to know where he got his info, because none of that was in my medical records. And he is supposed tobe the "best" Orthopod left in this town. : Anyway, I went out of town for a second opinion, and I am very satisifed with the care I am currently recieving. I am a little nervous about having surgery out of town though, because I do trust the people I work with, and do not know anyone at the other hospital. I have heard many good comments about this other hospital, but I guess I'll just have to find out for myself.
  13. by   Suzanne
    Yes I would be happy to have my relatives in my place of work.
    I have worked in most areas and am happy with what I know of staff and care.
    Our situation re staff is not good but crikey its a lot better than most of yours in US so far.
    I guess it comes down to perception, ideals and facts.
    As a patient we percieve things and have ideals that as a staff member we could realise are sometimes unrealistic.
    I don't know the answer but perhaps the way we are going here is the solution. Home centred with only acute, acute in facilities.
    We'll suspend judgement on that one for another few years.
    Smile and keep up the good work all of you.