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exit96 has 3 years experience and specializes in EMERGENCY, ICU,M/S.


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    After putting my thoughts, and reality down here, I guess I know what the right response to this is...
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    I’m in month 8 of a new position, it’s in a dialysis unit, but this isn’t specific to dialysis. Last week a new, or newly reinforced policy for the techs to weigh the patients on the way out was reinforced. Seems like an easy enough task to complete without fanfare. Well, on Friday evening, a couple hours into the shift, the 4 techs who were on shift all went straight to the Manager with the story of “ Joe (the RN) wont help us. So, the manager came out to the floor and told Joe RN that “the techs all said that you won’t help.” Joe RN was completely blind sided as he was busy preparing meds, checking patients in and assessing them, and so forth. Joe RN has had zero complaints by staff and patients, and the Manager “knows” that this cannot be true. So everyone went on with their business and completed the shift. However, there was no more communicating between the techs and Joe, the normal, appropriate communication ended. Joe has had a great report with the techs he was working with, no issues whatsoever, until now. All the techs involved have always been great at communicating and asking “can I get some help,” and Joe has always been the type to say “I’m glad to help.” The techs are not happy with the reinforcement of having to accept their responsibility of weighing the patients out, and for some strange reason, this shift not one of them asked for help, but all went to the Manager with complaint (lie) that “Joe won’t help us.” Joe requested a huddle with the staff before the Manager left for the evening. And the techs all complained and nothing was accomplished. The Manager told Joe that he doesn’t believe the techs story, yet does nothing about it... The main concern: Joe RN doesn’t feel that the patients are safe, nor is he safe with behavior such as this being allowed. Joe works with this same crew on the evening shift twice per week. Joe has never seen or experienced anything like this before. It appears that the Manager has no control over the techs behavior, and their ganging up on the RN and all sticking together with the same lie is very, very concerning. So, yeah, I am Joe (not my real name), and this has me so stressed that I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind all weekend, nor can I get rid of this headache all the stress has caused. I don’t know what the hell to do about this, seems like the staff is out of control and I am concerned about my upcoming shifts, patient safety, and my own future. This is truly a messed up situation...
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    Sexism in nursing

    I understand the physical differences, but I don't think that is a good excuse. I was a tech before a nurse, and I don't have a problem helping. But I have experienced, numerous times, at different facilities, men being the first call for lifting people. I have a herniated L5 S1, and now a likely torn cartilage in my knee. I want to maintain as much quality of life as any of my lady counterparts, so yeah, don't call me first. I could say I'm not built to move people anymore too, maybe moreso, because I have the injuries to prove I have not bailed on my duties. When we hired on, being able to do all of the job was in the description, so do all of your job.
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    Sexism in nursing

    Sorry if I sound angry, I think sick of the gender bias would be more accurate.
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    Man = muscle, being taken advantage of

    It's sexist and it's wrong...but don't look for it to ever change...
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    All Men Shift

    Of course, but they ARE NOT the same. Come on...
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    All Men Shift

    Race differences are not the same as gender differences...so let's stick to comparing "apples to apples."
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    Male patient refuses Female Nurse

    I think it is time to hire RN's based on gender so that patients can be accommodated.
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    Male patient refuses Female Nurse

    Thanks for sharing. I'm not surprised at the lack of sensitivity, but the behavior after your requests are seriously worthy of legal action!!
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    Ideas for improving flow...

    I believe in the Charge Nurse role. I work a small rural ED, and we have at least 1 real good Triage Nurse. But even that individual can get caught up in emotions, and a level headed, QUALIFIED, charge Nurse would be a good balance....
  11. Actually, I believe that we should be able to earmark our tax dollars for what we believe to be correct. If someone believes in this foolishness, then they can pay. My tax dollars should not go to arbitrary crap.
  12. I here you...but that doesn't make it "society's problem." I've seen the huddle masses, that "don't have money for co pay," with their cell phone in hand, cigarettes in hand...fine. I don't begrudge anyone having that stuff, it's their life. But knock off the stupidity. And like you said, they likely DO know better, so why do we play along? Why do we insist on raising ANOTHER class of those who are entitled? So many of these "poor souls" don't even try to get a job...at least those in the demographic that I see on a daily basis...
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    Room Assignments

    In my ED, we get our rooms, and then treat whatever we are given. Each of us has 1 trauma room and then general rooms. The triage nurse basically fills the rooms on an as needed basis according to how they arrive. No bias in my ED. It is a crap shoot. But on days when I have been blessed with lower acuity patients I am willingly, without being asked, to assist my coworkers with their patient load....as it should be.
  14. We've all read the threads here regarding "ridiculous ER C/C's," something to that effect, and the like. But as I go forward I just can't get past some of this ridiculous stuff. Actually, I can't even come up with a word that describes my disdain, displeasure, unbelief in what we have become as a society and how it has influenced "health care." Just one example and one question: WHEN will we arrive at the point where we can responsibly and professionally tell someone who arrives to the ED, with the Chief Complaint" of- "positive home pregnancy test" that "you will not be seen for this."?????? Triage= "a sorting out" There is no Triage level for asinine, irresponsible, frivolous, drain on the system... I see this stuff and I seriously have trouble breathing. I know some will warn me that "staying in ED will subject me to all kinds of foolish C/C's...agreed. I do my part in "changing myself" and such...but WHEN will others be held accountable and change themselves. We don't have to be mathematicians to know that no "system" can survive these types of strains. We are all crazy about "quality scores" (that are forced upon us.) and no I am not in favor of poor quality. Do you happen to work in an ED that would turn someone like this away, and educate them? If so, how do you go about it? Or are we simply a slave to the anti-intellectual warm fuzzy environment that has permeated our entire Nation? I'm not trying to be a jerk. And I am not focusing on calling out female complaints, this is just one example. They abound on boths sides of the gender fence.
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    Women and control with a male nurse

    How about the "no men in OB/Gyn , L&D etc" laws...not that I, or very many men would want to, but really, what is the danger? And if it is about modesty, where is the consideration for the other gender? Answer-( insert your stereotype here_________)