I have a question reguarding what I will have to deal with tomorrow. - page 2
Ok . . . Tomorrow I will have 16 residents on my hall 14 of which are constant call bell ringers! I am under alot of stress at work, at home, at school, hell! even in my sleep. I feel that I will... Read More
Sep 13, '03Occupation: R.N. Joined: Mar '03; Posts: 274; Likes: 2Originally posted by sandyth
The person who invented the call bell will burn in HE!!
Hey Mandi! Looks like you got some great insight! Keep your head up and a smile on your face. And don't forget that "look" I told you about when dealing with trifling co-workers. It works for patients too!
Sep 13, '03Occupation: Forensic Pysch Nurse Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 293; Likes: 53They need you. Maybe they are lonely. I had some patients who are constantly using the light... I go into see them and take a few minutes to chat them up and give them an opportunity to get whatever needs they have taken care of... then I tell them I have to go see about the others... this works for me. I don't make them feel like they are a nuisance. I have several AIDES with the attitude that certain patients are pains in the a$$. I try to reassign them so they do not get frustrated with the patient. I give my aides mini mental health breaks, but if I feel they are rude or cruel to a patient or act passive aggressive with them than I take appropriate action. I think you have had some good advice given to you.... I hope you you use it. Good luck to you, and remember the days of your CNA time so you can be a more understanding nurse.
Sep 13, '03Occupation: Operating Room Nurse Specialty: 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER ; From: US ; Joined: Jun '03; Posts: 17,036; Likes: 1,006I call the constant ringers "call bell jockeys" since they ride on the light. It's a wonder some people don't have blisters on their thumbs.
Sep 15, '03Occupation: L.P.N. in LTC Specialty: med surg,homecare,hospice ; Joined: Aug '00; Posts: 4,682; Likes: 4,824Just imagine being the patient IN the bed and dependent on others for your basic needs...and alone...and scared..and maybe nuts and a bit manipulative..I try to keep telling myself as I journey up and down the long hall-"I AM getting paid for this and I am going home soon"-unlike the residents...
Sep 15, '03Occupation: Operating Room Nurse Specialty: 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER ; From: US ; Joined: Jun '03; Posts: 17,036; Likes: 1,006Originally posted by slinkeecat
They need you. Maybe they are lonely. I had some patients who are constantly using the light... I go into see them and take a few minutes to chat them up and give them an opportunity to get whatever needs they have taken care of... then I tell them I have to go see about the others... this works for me. I don't make them feel like they are a nuisance. I have several AIDES with the attitude that certain patients are pains in the a$$.
I never have a few minutes to chat with people. Sometimes the nurses do, except for the one who does only what she absolutely has to and leaves the conversation up to others. But i float on a floor with 35 pts. i cannot be in 3 rooms at once, so what is to be done. I get the physical care done then have to run down the hall and do the same, the only time i have conversation with the pt is when i'm getting them up, changing the bed, etc. All in a hurry.
We had one pt. that nothing worked for. Psych consults, social workers, etc. He rang the light all the time, you get in there (after suiting up since it was isolation) and he says "i don't need anything". He's on another floor doing the same thing, and the SW and Psych consults are starting all over again.
Not that i've ever thought a patient was a pain in the backside, except for the one that i've seen purposly hitting his foot repeatedly on the bed so he can cause injury or holding his breath to reduce the ox. stat. just so he can stay another day. REquests our floor all the time (we get him 2 weeks out of every month, i'd hate to see his bills). He and his wife don't get along, overheard him on the phone say "at least when i'm here i'm away from her". Only person i've ever seen get disappointed when his vitals are normal. What makes him a pain in the ass is him refering to the nurse his "maid". That to me is someone who knows exactly what the hell's going on. He's on consults as well, but this has been happening for YEARS.