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Terrible weekend at work

Sunday, October 13, 2013

I'm supposed to work 7AM to 3:30 pm with 1/2 hour lunch Fri Sat and Sunday. Friday I had no lunch, no breaks and got off 20 minutes late. Saturday I had no lunch no breaks and got off 1 hour late. Sunday, I had no lunch, no breaks, and I got off 1 1/2 hours late. By the time I got off today my mouth was so dry from not drinking anything from 7 AM to 5 pm. Nursing management would say they encourage us to take our lunch and breaks but you can't get it all done now with no time off! Today one of my patients needed neuro checks every 2 hours. One of my patients needed 1 unit of blood, 1 unit of platelets and numerous Iv antibiotics and also had a very difficult personality. He kept swearing at me because I didn't have time to take him out to smoke. One of my patients had a broken leg, and required help to get to the commode, bed and the chair. She was also diabetic, needed pain pills and was tearful and depressed. I felt bad for her, she said I was kind to her but I felt like I didn't have enough time for her. Then my other patient was waiting for discharge orders all day, Dr didn't write them until 2:30. I didn't see those orders right away because my admission came at 1:45 pm. He was a 87 year old who fell at home and wasn't found until morning. He was in ER from 8:30 am until he got to my floor in the afternoon. He arrived when I was doing the first 15 minutes of a blood transfusion, when you do vitals every 5 minutes. this was also while this patient was yelling and swearing at me about everything he didn't like about his stay. I was being called for the admission, lab wanted me on the phone, my nurse tech was pulled to stay with a 1 to 1 so she couldn't help. My patient with neuro checks was due for another at 2 PM. My diabetic patient wanted a pain pill. I wanted to cry especially since the patient I was starting blood on was yelling at me. There wasn't any time to cry so I continued to take one thing at at a time. I reported to the next shift at 3:30. It took that long to get done enough to talk to anyone. I then spent the rest of the time charting what I had done, hoping I didn't forget anything. I had a cheese stick and a pop on my way home. It was the first food and drink I had since my breakfast at 5 AM and the coffee I drank on the way to work. emoticon I usually enjoy my job but this weekend we needed more staff. I wear my fitbit to work. I had 11,000 steps on my fitbit when I left work today even though I never left my floor.
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    You are an angel! There is a place in Heaven for you. Is there a way that you can at least keep a water bottle at or around the desk? You are probably getting dehydrated at work and that's not good for you, especially with all that you do. I hope your next work day goes better.
    2360 days ago
    what a terrible weekend. I so admire the work you do and the commitment and dedication to your work. hope you manage to recuperate a bit before the next time. you need to keep healthy yourself before looking after others. wishing you the best of luck and you have my absolute admiration!

    2363 days ago
    I am so sorry for these horrible 3 days... I could tell reading your blog how much it was affecting you, not only because of the stress for yourself, but because also you couldn't give as much time as you would have liked to your patients. You are a good, kind hearted nurse, Karen, and I am glad to have you as a Sparkfriend.
    Sending a big big hug your way. emoticon emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 10/14/2013 3:00:30 PM
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    Oh boy! I sure don't miss those kind of days. I remember going home worrying that I had missed something, that could potentially harm one of my patients.
    2364 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/14/2013 11:37:16 AM
    keep your head up. in health care we all have days like that I've only been here 2 hours and I've logged 1900 steps already..... remember that when push comes to shove if you don't keep yourself healthy we can't help keep the patients healthy. emoticon
    2364 days ago
  • PGHP31CK
    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are a blessing to those patients, and to their families. Thank you for all that you do, above & beyond!!!
    2364 days ago
    My DIL is also a nurse and I know your profession is one of the most stressful out there, especially on weekends when having doctors and other staff members are most likely to be out.

    2364 days ago
    Oh my! I feel bad for you. I couldn't even imagine doing your job in the first place, then to have all that added to it, WOW! Thank you for doing all that you do!! emoticon
    2364 days ago
    My goodness, what an awful weekend. Is there always such understaffing? You did a superb job. It's tough to stay cool during times like that but you kept the patients first. You can be proud of that. Now just take care of yourself and be sure to put yourself first now that you are home.

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    2364 days ago
    Karen, I am so sorry you such an awful time. but I admire you to be able to get through it! I don't think I could have done what you did! You have to be so special to be a nurse! I want to say thank you!
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    2364 days ago
    Oh Karen what a terrible couple of days. You must have felt like climbing into a bed yourself.:)
    Hope you can get a chance to rest over the next couple of days. Could you sneak a snack bar into a pocket or some nuts to keep you going when it is so hectic?

    Sounds like you did all you could, it is really bad when you have to go through such a couple of days. Hugs...

    My son has a similar workplace-- twice the work anyone could fit in a day and expected to be done in worktime.

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    2364 days ago
    Karen Im sorry you had such a terrible weekend. All you can do it the best you can. All nurses have had days like this. You need to treat yourself after a weekend like that. Do something that you love doing. emoticon
    2364 days ago
    Well Karen, You know that the Lord will not give us any more that we can handle and you my friend have handled this day SUPER!!!!!! You are emoticon in my book!! I am also a nurse and I know that things can get pretty hectic at times to the point where you just feel like throwing in the towel but you cannot do that 'cause they depend on you!! I am proud of you for handling your day in a professional manor!! Stay focused, take it one day at a time, breath, and never give up!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2364 days ago
  • PROUDNM1987
    Phew!!What a busy day!!! Busy weekend I should say! It takes a special person though to be a nurse or to work in health care!! emoticon emoticon
    2364 days ago
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