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    Patient's "right" to abuse nurses...I need your opinion

    Yes psych saw her and the only thing they said was she has anxiety and was taking clonipin scheduled twice a day. She didn't have memory loss. She would hit the call light while other staff was in the room just to ask for the same thing because they weren't moving fast enough. I spoke with the only person who would ever come and visit her and found out her only surviving relative didn't even want to acknowledge her, but he couldn't tell me why because he was just another resident at the assisted living facility that they both lived. All I could conclude was she was lonely. I tried to spend time with her when I had down time at first, but I got worn down with all the constant complaining. It really didn't help she could see me from her bed.
  2. MsNewbee

    Patient's "right" to abuse nurses...I need your opinion

    I hope that she was! She works the opposite shift of me so I've never worked with her directly before. The patient's behavior was so consistent. The nurses on the night shift would comment how awful this patient was until I started working with her and then suddenly she could sleep at night. I thought it was because she expended so much energy hollering at me all day. That's why I didn't say anything to any supervisors or bring it up because it could have been a joke, but I was curious to see how the patient's underlying behavior for the comment should have been addressed and how I can keep going on if I'm smiling through tears stinging my eyes. During a meeting we were informed that reimbursements were based on patient satisfaction and now we wouldn't get paid if patient's weren't happy and then this lady showed up and they assigned her to me. She was there 8 days and I had her for 5. I thought the whole situation was a cruel joke.
  3. MsNewbee

    Patient's "right" to abuse nurses...I need your opinion

    Thank you for that. I just didn't know I could do anything other than pull my own hair out. I offered her the patch and she declined. She had on a fentanyl patch that she said didn't work and demanded oxycontin from me that she wasn't prescribed and her doctor had already told her no to. Thank you for letting me know that I wasn't a whiner because I sure did feel that way (in my mind).
  4. MsNewbee

    Nurse to patient ratio

    I work in a free standing rehab hospital and we typically have up to 10 patients per nurse. One of the nurses that has been there for years says that she has experienced 12 patients there. They do the assignments based on where the rooms are and not the acuity of patient so it's easy to get overwhelmed with IV's, complicated wounds, several confused patients who are high fall risk, and several incontinent patients. We usually have 2 techs for 24 or so patients, but lately we have been having one tech and each nurse has 2 total care patients. I feel like I'm stretched thin at times, but I don't know what it's like in other settings so I just do the best I can with what I have.
  5. Hi, everyone. I'm a year out from graduation and have been working my job so I haven't posted or been on in a while, but a topic came up on the job and it just rubbed me the wrong way. I didn't want to ruffle feathers at the hospital so I decided to turn to my peers on allnurses for guidance. I recently had a patient that really tried my nerves. I'm a super patient person and she made me question why I chose nursing (which I thought would never happen!). She would ask me for pain medication and as soon as I would leave her room she would be on her light again asking for the same thing. She literally rang her light 15 times in 10 minutes. I counted because I would answer her. She did this everyday for at least 3 hours every morning for the 5 straight days that I had her. She was cognitively intact. She wanted to go smoke outside, but needed staff with her and no sooner that she went outside by herself (while I was with another patient) she broke her wheelchair then demanded that I go with her. I only had 8 other patients to take care of, no big deal right? She complained about everything from the food, to the other staff, to the other patients. Her room was next to the nursing station and she would scream my name down the hall while I was charting because I was in her line of sight. I started hating my name just because of the shrill way she would scream it and she did this constantly. If I left to tend to another patient she would scream my name louder. I could hear her screaming for me while I took lunch breaks. She yelled at other patient's family members as they would passed by her room. I got so frustrated I told her we were human beings that should be treated the way she herself would want to be treated and her behavior was not acceptable. I didn't know what else to do or say to her. Eventually, she hit my tech and started smoking in the room and that's when administration said she had to go on the 5th day with me. I made a sarcastic comment and said, "Can someone take the light and just put it somewhere, she knows I'm coming." The nurse supervisor who was getting off of work said, "it is her right to abuse you." I just looked at her back as she sauntered off to the elevator with my mouth open because I couldn't believe what she just said. I thought a better response would have been, "she needs to have her call light in case she has a need that hasn't been addressed." or something along those lines, but she was serious. I determined at that moment I would not pick up any more shifts because I was begged to come in that day and that was what I got. I felt like the "higher ups" really didn't care about me or my mental well being. My question is do patient's have the right to abuse us? Am I just being a baby and should suck it up because this is my life/job now? I am really dreading going in tomorrow. I loved my job until I had this one crummy patient. I woke up crying in the middle of the night on my third day with her because I knew she was going to do this every time I showed up. I was fighting back tears for those 5 days at work and I cried once in my car on my lunch break. How do ya'll keep the fire that inspired you to go into nursing from going out? Please help, I'm feeling sooooo helpless and drained .
  6. I have been EXACTLY where you are. I too failed out of third semester and like you knocked the entrance requirements for my first school out of the park. Difference between you and I though is that I didn't make an announcement that I failed out of another program. It was obvious that I was in a nursing program before because they had my transcripts. I just didn't make a giant highlighted note for them so I was judged like all the other applicants. If they did take that into consideration they didn't tell me about it, which I was thankful for because I was already stressed out. Something that I found out that may not apply in your case is 4 year schools will not accept you if you have failed out of a program previously. At least, not in Texas. I seriously called all of them. A community college program will take you though, you just have to call and ask. That's how I did it without paying an arm, leg and kidney. When you get in don't make the same mistakes again and you will show everyone how awesome you are. Trust me, it is possible! Good luck to you and please keep us updated on your progress.
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