I love my ER, 9/10 people in our ER treats ourselves as one family and is always ready to lend a hand even if you dont ask for it. They're just there when you need help and we strive to have a great shift every time.
There's 1 or 2 nurses that REQUIRES help with everything that they do, even the simplest thing. As our work culture sees that the team is only as strong as it's weakest member, we try out best to help them out whenever we can.
As my charge nurse always say, "She may only work 70% of what we are able to do, they are still part of the team and we should appreciate their presence especially when we are short"
Well, this morning, I was helping out a registry nurse try to chemically restrain a female belligerent drunk patient. The problem was the other RN and I are male, and 3 of our EMTs are also male.
I advocated that for the patient's safety and everyone's safety, a female nurse should be present when we go into the room to medicate her.
This nurse was the only female nurse in the area, and the situation is starting to get out of hand, we needed to restrain this patient as soon as possible. This will take approximately 30sec to 1 minute to get everything done.
I asked this nurse nicely and explained the situation. Her answer was "Well, I need to chart, so you guys need to find someone else". She even stated that she need one of the EMTs right there and then to help her do an inventory list.
Frustrated, and after 11.5hrs of the shift behind me, I blurted out. "Well, I do hope that when it's your time to need someone to help you with a psychiatric patient that you get all the help that you need".
The EMTs and other auxillary staff started chuckling and she became really defensive while I ran off to the other side of the ER to find another female nurse to help us out.
After the shift was over, I thought about it and I felt like I was out of place. I just feel like, we are always there for everybody, but she cant be a team player even once in a setting such as our busy ER.
I know I could have handled it properly.