I was a tech at a local hospital from Dec 2011- April 2012. Everything was great during my 9 wk orientation period. I was praised for how quickly I caught on and observant I was. My DON came to me about 5 weeks in and said that she was considering switching me to a different unit. I did not want to at the time as I liked who I worked with. As I came off orientation and began working on my own, attitudes changed. The nurses were no longer nice and were actually quite rude to me. I was the only tech on the floor that was in nursing school and I think they held that against me. One incidence of this, i had a pt who was a very sweet old man who had not asked for anything all day. about lunch, he asked me if he could have a couple of Tylenol that his legs were aching. I told him I would ask the nurse. I went to the nurses’ station and told his nurse that Mr X would like some Tylenol. Her response was given with the most annoyed look on her face "You don't have to come to me with everything a patient asks for, you are getting on my nerves." I responded with "I am just relaying what the patient asked" Her response "well, you need to learn when not to come to me about stuff"
Mistake #1: I had a patent that was being discharged. I was off the floor so the nurse took her down to meet her family. They came right back saying that the family was not there. They put her back in her room and the patient asked me to call to see where they were. i went to the nurses desk and call the number that the pateint gave me. the nurse came up demanding the phone so I told the family to hold on the nurse wanted talk to her. I handed the nurse the phone. End of story.
Mistake #2: Pt was bed ridden and had been awful for 2 days this had been the first day that I had cared for him. He had hit kicked punched spit cursed screamed. You name it he did it. He had family finally arrive that evening just before change of shift. I was sitting at the station fininshing my charting when the family came and said he had messed the bed. I went in to change the bed (he refused to wear a brief) and he said that he was not done that he was still trying to go. I told them to let me know when he was done. I was REALLY fed up with this guy at this point. The family came back and said he was now done. This was right at 1900 shift change I asked the night nurse if there was going to be a night tech and she said no. I told the family I would be there in just a few I had to fininsh my charting as it was time for me to leave the floor. The night nurse and charge nurse went in and as I saved my work I went in as well to help change him. The family called in an complained that I was allowing to sit in his own mess and that for days I had not treated him well ( as I said I only had him 1 day)
After these 2 incidences I was pulled in to the DON’s office. No write up was given just a watch what you do and be mindful.