About the ER last night. . .

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I usually try not to blog when I'm feeling negative. but today I had to. (such a bad night last night)
Most of you know I work in the ER. I'm the Charge Nurse, so it is my job to control the flow. Well, When you have soooo many people waiting and only so many rooms and so much staff. there's not much flowing, if you know what I mean. We have folks that come in with a hangnail or something simple and are furious (and trust me, they let us know, rudely) that we don't get them back within the hour. While the little elderly gentlemen with Kidney stones or something severe will patiently wait hours on end with no complaints.
Then as most of you that work in a hospital situation, know that it's now all about scores and patient satisfaction. Ugh. . . . tired of hearing those terms.

My soap box: There is no one in that ER that wants to hurt you or make you wait. We are there to take care of you. We work on priority of your illness not by the number you came in! If it was your family member that was dying you would want us to take of them first!
So, much more to say. but I'm feel a little better. Thanks for letting me vent!
I'll just leave you with this thought:
Your neighborhood ER staff works as hard as they can to see you well and get you out in a timely manner. Please be kind to them. emoticon
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    I admitted a baby into the NICU last night. Mom was boo-hooing at the bedside. Understandable! But I told her what I tell every parent: My job is to get your child well and send him home with you. I've already raised my kids and sure don't want to raise yours!

    I go down to the ER to start IV's on kids all the time. I admire you ER nurses like no other. I honestly don't know how you do it. I breathe a sigh of relief when I get to walk out the door....

    3871 days ago
  • MUSIC66
    you medical guys and girls do the best you can you all do a fanstic job .
    3874 days ago

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    Absolutely, I recently blogged about gratitude and I totally thanks the medical professionals, you guys keep us healthy.

    I read a Spark article that said it is very healthy to vent. People who vent constructively are more healthy.

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    3874 days ago
    What a tough job,I have been in the ER many times in the last 10 months and I am amazed how little time I have had to wait,though I have a heart condition.They have been wonderful and pleasant to be around,even when I was among many on New Years Eve 2010 and there was a full moon and many patients with heart problems,ironically.Do you see an increase in heart related problems,when there is a full moon? emoticon emoticon Thank you for all you do to help patients to be well and you are so much appreciated,even if patients don't show it. You do what you can and be honest and the rest is the patients problem. emoticon your the emoticon emoticon emoticon Diana emoticon
    3874 days ago
    Thank you for the reminder. Sometimes we just do not think.You probably see very little appreciation for the hard work that you do. If it were not for you we would probably still be going to medicine women out in the sticks and having smoke blown in our faces and mud rubbed on our cuts. THANKS IN ADVANCE TRACY for all the medical treatment , care, and concern that you and your staff provide. Great JOB!
    3879 days ago
  • DIMI1124
    GIRLFRIEND I HEAR YA!!!!!! I FEEL YA!!!!! The funny thing is they will walk in to the MD office without an appt and demand to be seen NOW then huff off and go to the ER. I just laugh to myself cuz they dont have a CLUE!!!
    3880 days ago
    3880 days ago
    I think all jobs are like that...if people have to wait they think that we have malicious intent. I work at a restaurant so it's like 'yes, we're making you wait because we want you to starve'. People are soooo frustrating.
    3880 days ago
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    Bless your heart. I have taught school for 30 years, but I could NEVER be a nurse! You are truly an angel! emoticon
    3880 days ago
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