Well, I think today put me over the edge.
Incident 1 - told at 13:45, cat scan is waiting for you and you were supposed to have your patient there at 13:30. First I heard about it. ROAD TRIP....have to transport the patient all by myself, bed, 4 channel pump plus all IV lines, portable monitor - luckily he wasn't vented, just on a face mask at 50%. All by myself with at least a 1,000 lb bed.
Incident 2 - Your specialty mattress is here for your other pt. Pt weight = 306 lb. Help=All other ICU nurses on unit. 3 of them, all women, all small women. My L5 is screaming.
Suvey question=Who helps you at your facility? Do you have transport? Do you have lift teams? Do you have lifts?
Is this reasonable and the norm out there is ICU land? BTW, about 40% of the nurses on my unit have old, (from working in this unit), back injuries!
All advice and opinions welcome.
Oh, I am SO glad I am off tomorrow!