Jump to content

Sheez! She's back and venting AGAIN!!

Nurses   (4,975 Views | 41 Replies)

missrose has 13 years experience and specializes in ER, Ortho, Neuro, Med/Surg. oncology.

1,096 Profile Views; 27 Posts

You are reading page 4 of Sheez! She's back and venting AGAIN!!. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

fronkey bean has 13 years experience and specializes in Cardiac Care, ICU.

491 Posts; 6,644 Profile Views

For the record, because several have referred to my "yelling", I did not yell at the unit clerk or anyone. I am not a yeller, ever. But I do admit my tone was very, very exasperated and therefore, disrespectful. I did apologize with sincerity and a gentle hand on her shoulder. And yes, the best part is, I learned from the situation, but I have learned even more from reading these responses. Thank you! It is always very enlightening to read other people's take on it.

Its good that you recognize that your tone was inappropriate and you apologized. However, even after a sincere apology, it takes awile for the negativity you injected into the situation to clear. You should have taken the chart to her and said calmly "I really need these orders put in right now so these labs can be drawn" and then made sure the labs got drawn. That being said, we've all lost it a time or two. Don't beat yourself up about it, just try to be calmer next time. Just think of all the time you'll save. You won't have to do all the explaining and apologizing you had to do to make this situation right!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

canoehead has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ER.

2 Followers; 6,667 Posts; 49,359 Profile Views

If my patients' pressors run dry I ether do pharmacys job and mix my own or they die, If there is a spill on the floor or needle boxes are overflowing on the counters ether I do houskeepings job or someone(maybe me) gets hurt, If my patient needs turned, cleaned up, watched ether I do the N.As job or my patient suffers, If the docs want a stat Xray, central line kit, labs- if the unit clerk doesn't enter it I have to or my patient is at risk. As a nurse I have to do everyone elses job when they don't or my patient suffers or worse- I'm not willing to let a patient go down the tubes to make a point.

Preach it, sista!

 

 

:angryfire

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

1,164 Posts; 8,630 Profile Views

Well, to the OP, I can understand your frustration. As an unit secretary, it can get crazy especially if you are a float; however, if the duties were outline to secretary about what she would be responsible to do...well then she should have. Personally, I believe that if this was something that required stat orders, the MD should have given the chart directly to the unit secretary or charge nurse. While in a perfect world, it would have been preferable to totally be cool and calm about it, that is not the case. The fact that the OP saw that she may have come off frustrated and upset, she apologized and learned from it. What can be better than that?

Kris

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

124 Posts; 2,795 Profile Views

So did the Unit Clerk get called to the office too? 4 hours is too long for picking up

ANY orders - "now" ones or not? (gonna bet not)

WHO would be held completely and totally responsible for any negative outcome of this patient? (only you)

The doc will just say he did put the little red flag up "it must have falled down". You know he's off the hook. (reality check)

I feel your frustration and have been there. However, blowing off steam in the middle of the unit does tend to set a negative atmosphere in any workplace. And you are the outsider, in this case.

Maybe privately speaking to the charge nurse about some of the real problem issues you see would have been better. As you said it did help with the insulin coverage - so they proved they will listen.

Anyway - you sound like a conscientious worker who is willing to really 'hear' what is being said to you and make changes. I'D WORK WITH YOU IN A HEARTBEAT!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

124 Posts; 2,795 Profile Views

If my patients' pressors run dry I ether do pharmacys job and mix my own or they die, If there is a spill on the floor or needle boxes are overflowing on the counters ether I do houskeepings job or someone(maybe me) gets hurt, If my patient needs turned, cleaned up, watched ether I do the N.As job or my patient suffers, If the docs want a stat Xray, central line kit, labs- if the unit clerk doesn't enter it I have to or my patient is at risk. As a nurse I have to do everyone elses job when they don't or my patient suffers or worse- I'm not willing to let a patient go down the tubes to make a point.

And the fact of the matter is THEY COUNT ON IT!!!! They may or may not realize that the nurse has NOONE to 'count on' but themselves!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

37 Posts; 1,296 Profile Views

And no, as a traveler, I am not allowed to enter orders. I'm not even allowed to write the ordered meds on the MAR! That is soley the job of the charge nurse. Begged them to let me, but nope. Not their policy.

I was just reading over the thread and saw where you said you aren't allowed to enter the orders, but rather, the charge nurse is supposed to tend to that.

Sounds like the home team dropped the ball.

I guess they figured cancelling your contract early was the easiest way to deal with the situation.

I agree with the others that getting exasperated isn't a great idea, but we're all just human, after all. I wouldn't beat myself up too much about it, you sound like you have a really great attitude towards work and other people. Even though you got frustrated, you stayed and did your job.

I still think there are problems there on the unit that need to be addressed, as well as the unit clerk running off the floor and the charge nurse not entering the orders.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
×

This site uses cookies. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Read our Privacy, Cookies, and Terms of Service Policies to learn more.