Okay.. little background.. I am an LPN student in my second rotation of advanced nursing (which means I am about 3/4 done with school).
My instructor assigns me to a room with two pts. who are both, and I repeat BOTH positive for C-Diff. You gown in an isolation room. That is the procedure for someone who is in isolation, am I correct?.. You SHOULD be wearing a gown and gloves, a mask is your choice.. but you can wear it if u really want to. The nurses on this floor were going in and out of my pts. room without wearing any protective gown (and yes, they were having DIRECT pt. contact, it wasn't like they were running into the room to drop something off.. they were physically touching these pts.) This is really irritating to me, b/c I am a student and yet I am doing the correct thing? Not only are they not protecting themselves, but they are really pushing the limits of infection control. Like I said, it's one thing if they are not having direct pt. contact, but they WERE. As in putting dressings on the buttock area, etc. Okay.. I think I have stressed that issue enough.
One of my C-Diff pts. was a quadriplegic.. and he was obese. My other pt. was a bilateral transmetatarsal amputee. He could not move himself..
Being a student I have classmates that should be able to help me.. especially considering my classmates pt. load was alot lighter than mine. I needed various things, wipes, a new pt. gown, etc. Or I needed help turning these pts. My classmates would say "oh yea, sure I'll be right there!" And then they would NEVER show up. That REALLY irritated me b/c I have ALWAYS helped my classmates, no matter how busy I was.
Needless to say, I will be letting my instructor know this... Nursing is alot about team work, although we all know that it is impossible to find that team sometimes!
Then I had the nursing aide who thought she knew EVERYTHING. Gotta love it. She was telling ME how to document something I have documented a THOUSAND times before, and I wasn't documenting anything incorectly.. so whatever!!! Thank god today is over.