Sunday, February 22, 2009

I had THE worst night of work last night.

First of all, I had the admission from hell.  A patient well known to our hospital system.  Known for being very demanding.  Cannot support his body weight, yet insists on standing to go to the bathroom.  Which wouldn’t be too bad if you had enough people there to help because he is a two person assist–kind of hard to do when there are only two people on the floor.  Oh yeah, it was just me and another nurse when I first got on.  They had taken away our aide.  Of course.  They tend to do that to our side first.  Because we only have nine patients total.  It can’t be that bad, right?

ARRRGGHHH!!  I hate that kind of thinking.  It is all about acuity and difficulty of patients.

Not to mention that I had another patient, 25 years old, who had a medical history longer than some 80 year olds who was calling for pain med every two hours.

And we are still having to go and get our patients from the emergency room.  Can I just say that is SO stupid.  I mean, you take two people to go get your patient and most of the time when you get down there they are not ready.  Take yesterday for example.  We went downstairs and the patient was not ready.  Because the wife insisted that the patient needed to be changed up before going upstairs.  Well, he is not the easiest person to get changed up.  So we waited.  For about five minutes.  Then another five minutes to get all of his stuff together.  I mean, really.  What if something was happening to our patients on the floor.  Patients I hadn’t even had a chance to see before I went to get this patient.  What if that were your mother or father?  It irks me to no end.

It took me TWO hours to get this patient settled.  He was that demanding.  I really need to learn how to deal with difficult patients better.  And the worst thing is, he should know better.  He’s a former doctor.

It used to be that I needed to deal with difficult co-workers and subordinates, when I was a supervisor.  Now I have to learn to deal with difficult patients, the ones that I have to be “happy” towards when I am in their room.

I really know that I do not have the patience for this.

Sorry for the rant.  Just had to get it out.  I know it was kind of jumbled.

And to make it worse, it is now snowing and we are supposed to get about 6 inches, AND I have to go back to the same mess tonight.  Hopefully tonight will be better than last night.  The good thing is that this is my last night on, then two off.

That will be my mantra all night long.

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