Registered: Aug 2005
You hit it on the head
You are so right about nurses being expected to do everyone elses jobs!! If the aide doesn't do his/her work, I'm responsible, if the unit clerk didn't put something in the computer and I failed to catch it, I'm responsible, if the laundry doesn't bring enough linens, I'm responsible, if the trash in patient rooms is overflowing, I'm responsible, if the food is too hot, too cold, too bland, too spicy, I'm responsible, the list goes on and on and on. I agree, if all I was responsible for was my own job, it would be doable, but that is never going to be the case. They just add more and more to your list everyday. One of our docs barked at me because there was no coffee made when he came in early in the morning! So now I'm in charge of making coffee too? What next ...will I be expected to bake brownies so he'll have a morning snack as well?? We aren't treated professionally by anybody! Many docs treat you like their slave, and it seems that many patients are getting more and more disrespectful. I would never dismiss a patient's request for anything, but please can it be stated politely or at least respectfully? It is a hospital, not the Hilton Hotel. Patients will wake up and start asking for coffee and donuts, scrambled eggs etc.. when I'm trying to pass morning meds and toilet people, clean up after incontinent patients, etc. Needless to say, short-staffing is the norm so I'm doing my job and the aides job to begin with. Actually, if we are short an aide and I have to do their job and my job I think I should get their pay as well as mine! I'm doing two jobs right? But, that will never happen either. People, please understand WE HAVE tried to do something about it. WE HAVE talked to administration, our supervisors and directors. It doesn't ever work or change anything. Pretty soon you get branded a trouble maker or they say your are (gasp) not a team player!! Well, who's supposed to be leading this team Mr. Director, Ms Supervisor? You are supposed to be but the leadership if falling short to put it mildly. Most of my nurse friends do not dislike taking care of people. In fact, that is the most rewarding part of the job. But, you get to do so little of it.!@ Charting is more and more time consuming since you have to chart every word they say, every burp, gas bubble, BM smear and etc. I do not have the answers. and I wish I did. At this point I've cut down to 2-twelve hour shifts a week as that is almost all I can tolerate. Once again, I appreciate the opportunity to vent and hope any non-nurse readers will understand our
plight, our exhaustion, our anger even. Something has got to change or there will be no bedside nurses anymore, and that is a shame and a tragedy.
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