B in the USA 1,357 Views
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Sorry to offend anyone but my beef w/ this whole issue is that I am seeing more and more pts who pick and choose when they want to be treated like pts and when they want to be 'paying customers who feel its ok to be waited on 24/7, I understand controlling noise level around others, nights or not, but its a slippery slope when people start forgetting what a hospital's are for (to get better) not to have a jug of ice water 3/4 filled w/ ice and the rest water and heaven forbid that there's too much ice... Or what about those pts who insist on staff putting signs on their doors saying 'do not interrupt between 11pm and 7am' really,this is a ******* hospital and you'll probably be the pt who turns around and sues bc your potassium level was 2.5 and had an arrhythmia but was refusing to get labs rechecked at 4am...hospitals aren't hotels bottom line, it's not pleasant and you shouldn't like being there more than your own home
Generalizing quiet and respectful employees on night shift as "always sleeping" and "disoriented", like another poster did, (and presuming that being loud = being alert) is a dangerous and slippery slope.
Maybe that 'Big Mouth' nurse you were referring to at the nurses station was trying her best to keep herself awake bc she not only works nights but has 2 small children she must 'watch' during the day when she should be sleeping, and IMO I'd much prefer a laughing nurse than one who's fast asleep at the computer and not able to safely care for her patients, or maybe that 'Big Mouth' was blowing off steam bc she just lost a patient and was trying to handle that stress, nurses are human and just bc they're awake at night when the rest of the world is sleeping doesn't mean they have to play dead so people don't miss out on their beauty sleep, I do agree w/ being respectful of noise levels, you do have to realize its not a hotel and things are moving 24/7, yes even when you're trying to sleep
And the sick ICU patients care because??? I understand nurses are human. However, I still don't think it is appropriate to be talking at the top of your voice at night. I've seen ICU psychosis due to sleep deprivation. It is not a pretty sight. One of the things we strived to do in ICU was to keep noise to a minimum. We cannot control pumps, doors closing and etc. but we can control the volume in our voice.
I personally dislike when co-workers at talking extremely loud at the nursing station at night. I don't even like it during the day. There is enough noise in the hospital, we don't need the additional noise from a nurse that cannot control his/her volume. It is not the patients fault if you are sleepy or have other responsibilities at home. Your job is to control your volume. When I worked nights in ICU with a loud coworker, we had to gently remind her of "sleep protocol". The patients started to complain, which is why we all had to be sure we weren't talking loud.
One of our most ridiculous budget cuts is when of my dementia unit residents ask for a snack, I am to tell them the kitchen is closed (I am told the facility can't afford snacks but just built a whole brand new rehab) I don't adhere to that. If I resident asks me for some food I am getting them a snack damn it. It's absurd. We also are not allowed to give them tissues boxes that our facility bought for the cars so if they have a runny nose we are to call their POA to bring them a box. We are only allowed to give them single tissues until a box is brought. It's assisted living so apparently the 5k rent they pay per month does not cover tissue boxes.
Don't blame newbie nurses for taking lower pay just because you have been insulted by two companies. There are too many nurses and not enough jobs as I am sure you know and many of us have babies and houses to support so $17/hour is better than $7.95 down the road at McDonald's.
BTW- if you're a new grad and reading this, stop taking $17-18 an hour and considering that "good money." You're not only hurting yourself, you are hurting the rest of us as well.
Sounds like the OP may be pregant, or suffering PMS? That may be the reason for the tears/vomiting. Or she may be "dramatic".
First, please use correct grammar. You orient to a position not "orientate". It is difficult to read posts when I am not able to see past the usage of the English language.
Full name "Richard" on resume, applications, and more formal correspondence (including more formal emails). "Rich" would be fine otherwise. "Richie" should probably be reserved for your personal life.
These kind of posts amaze me.
If any young, new nurse writes a post stating that a bunch of old, crotchety nurses are mean to them, well then they get ripped a new one. But when its the other way around....hey...its ok.
I've noticed its popular to be judgemental of newer nurses on this forum. But never to older ones.
There is nothing wrong with being a new nurse who is excited to take care of patients and have a great personality. Just my two cents.
I see it here on AN (see: LPN/ADNs bashing people with more education, etc. etc.)
have seen patients being "weaned" to warfarin from heparin....when PT/INR gets where they want it, the heparin is Dcd.
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