Do any private duty nurses feel like I do??
I just recently began picking up some cases with a private duty nursing agency while I'm waiting to start orientation at a new job. I'm doing 12 hour day shifts with a patient who is so easygoing that she doesn't want me to do anything! I check her vitals in the morning, do a quick assessment for pain, give her some meds, make her some cereal, and then sit on my behind for hours on end!
Yesterday I had enough of sitting around with her, that I insisted on doing some laundry and tidying up around the house. She is VERY wealthy, though, and has a maid who leaves the house spotless so I don't have much to keep me busy! Also, she has a chef who shops and cooks for her, so again, I've got nothing to do!
This patient is paying BIG bucks to have us nurses around, so I just cannot justify doing nothing! I know you all are thinking I'm a nut for complaining about such an easy assignment, but I feel so guilty for getting paid for doing squat.
I've spent all my nursing life in busy ER's and crazy step-down units, so this is quite a change.
Anyone else ever encounter anything like this?