fionaFL 981 Views
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There is something very odd about this video. She turns the vent off Alarms go off then when asked by the caregiver she says "I turned it off" Was she trying to "help" him
Why didn't she just turn the vent back on. Even if it rebooted to the wrong settings it will have still helped.
I think the bigger picture is that it was not just this ONE nurse. He installed the camera because of several bad experiences. And, as the article states: "many Britons worried about the quality of care they might receive at the hands of the thousands of private-agency nurses hired each year by the National Health Service (NHS)".
The comment about socialized medicine has a great deal of truth to it. There was no other option for this man! Instead of calling another company he was forced to install cameras and watch as a national health organization destroyed his life.
The article makes it clear that it was not just one nurse. Yes, that nurse should have been better prepared, should never have taken the assignment, should have familiarized herself with the equipment first. But, why did he have to install cameras? Why did he have to complain about several nurses and not have his concerns addressed? Why couldn't he choose another company? And finally, why wasn't the agency suspended? They were clearly at fault just as much as the nurse.
Socialized medicine at its best... or worst.
This has nothing to do with socialized medicine. It has everything to do with sending undereducated, undertrained personnel out on their own, and making them feel bad when they have questions. Saw it way too many times; told all the nurses I precepted to call me ANY time they had questions. Never told administration about all the calls I got unless I saw a trend.
Never ate my young, and am very proud that many of my colleagues felt I was a good resource.
I started out on night shift as a new grad because that's what was available. I stayed on nights because I had little children, and my husband worked days, so my kids always had a parent home with them.
My kids are teenagers now, but I stay on nights because I just love it. For me, the best part is having fewer interruptions from visitors, doctors, PT, etc. etc. I have more time to focus on my patients. In ICU, many patients have a lot of trouble sleeping at night, so there are always patients who are awake and needing some extra TLC.
I give backrubs. I hold hands. I have more time to spend explaining to the patient what's going on- days can be such a whirlwind that the patient is left frightened and confused from all the activity. We have open visiting hours (the nurse has the discretion to kick visitors out, but this is seldom necessary) so I can spend some time communicating with families as well. I read my patients' H&Ps, figure out if something is lacking in their care or if something might be overlooked, and take steps to correct that. Our ventilated patients get bathed on nights, and I really enjoy doing this: I actually get to do the ROM, the lotioning, shaving faces and even legs, and generally pampering my patients.
The night shift crew seems to be a more cohesive team. Instead of everyone being pulled in a thousand directions, we have the opportunity to work together. Nights can be just as crazy as days- I rarely take a potty break, and dinner is a few crackers or pretzels stuffed down my gullet when I have a spare moment- but overall the focus seems to be more on the patient. I like that.
It's also quite a relief to not have management breathing down your neck. Honestly, we get away with a lot of things the dayshifters wouldn't dream about. We drink coffee at the desk (gasp!) We play practical jokes on each other- you just can't do that on days. And when we get tired (3am is what I call my "witching hour") we sometimes get to giggling.
Sure, my health has suffered. I'm tired all the time when I'm at home. My life as a whole is probably much worse than if I worked days. But I'm way past the point of caring about those things.
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