I must vent or I'll explode.
I work in LTC. I'm usually pretty good at staying "on schedule" with my residents.
Lately, when any nurse is filling in (we have an open position), that nurse (different each day) seems to feel the need to point out to me and my hall partner that "Ray's light is on, he wants to be changed", "Mary wants some ice"....etc...well NO KIDDING!!
Do you think I don't see it!? Do you think I don't know!?? Do you think I'm just hangin out in the hallway twiddling my thumbs!!!??
I can SEE his light is on and I just changed him 20 minutes ago, his light is ALWAYS ON' and he's ALWAYS wanting something. ....and I'm sorry "Mary wants some ice", she's going to have to wait while I change the resident who had a BM in his brief and the other resident' who's been wanting to get into bed for the past hour, and then I have to take Millie to therapy, and get John into bed so that SAME nurse can hook him up to his tube feed......
I KNOW THEIR LIGHT IS ON, I KNOW WHAT THEY WANT AND IT'S JUST GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT A BIT LONGER OTHERWISE YOU WILL BE PULLING ME IN THE OFFICE FOR HAVING A RESIDENT WITH SKIN SORES, MISSED THERAPY APPTS, AND A RESIDENT WHO FELL BECAUSE SHE SELF TRANSFERED.
It drives me crazy sometimes. Our other nurse would help if she could (get Mary some ice), and she knew that we KNEW what had to be done... and it just bugs me that the new nurses haven't figured that out yet. I know they don't know us, but just let us do our jobs and quit harping! We know what we're doing with the little time we have for the amount of work needing to be done...
The day we stand in the hallway twiddling our thumbs is the day you can harp on us.
Thank you, I feel a little better.