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Vantage Point

.Cross Hairs

 

When someone is backed into a corner a vantage point is a good thing to have.

 The 7th floor of MSU is only Covid positive patients now. I had 5  of those patients. It’s too much to handle effectively and give quality care. Nurses are still expected to round on the patients every hour, update the whiteboard, give our meds and care for the patients in addition to all of this other crap! Not to mention having to put on and take off the PPE for every room every time.

Today was exhausting to say the least.

Some members of administration came to the unit to ask if there was anything they could do for us.

Vantage Point

I spoke up first. I rarely say anything off color to administration but, I HAD to say something about this.

The staff nurses aren’t going to say anything for fear of losing their job or retaliation. Not to say the hospital is like that but, you know how shit goes with administrative people. They might view you as negative or, if you have hopes of getting ahead saying something negative may impede that. You see, I have an advantage in this situation. I DO NOT work for this hospital. I am a contract employee. There is no retaliation for me. There is no promotion to worry about.

Voicing Concerns

With that said, I voiced our concerns.

Me: “Yeah, I do… Why are nurses expected to take on three more duties in addition to an already overloaded workday?”

Them: “What do you mean?”

Me: “I was told by Dr. (insert whatever name here) that we are to be drawing the patient’s labs, complete all respiratory treatments and housekeeping is not allowed in the rooms. It is an actual order in the chart, and he said it came directly from the medical director.”

Them: “We didn’t know about this.”

Me: “If we are expected to do all of this then our patient to nurse ratio needs to be way less, like 3:1 , if you want things to be done safely and with competence because right now we are stressed out to the max, and we are practicing in a VERY UNSAFE WAY. Everyday that I step foot in this building not only am I afraid of contracting this virus, I am afraid of losing my license or one of my patients lives because I am too busy updating whiteboards, cleaning rooms, completing respiratory treatments, drawing labs, charting AND doing my MANY OTHER duties as a nurse. This is too much to expect of us.”

Administration does not like to hear the word ‘unsafe’ in the same sentence with patient, nurse or license.

There was a pause, an exchange of glances and some writing in a notebook.

Them: “Thank you for letting us know. We will look into this and get back to you”.

Vantage Point

I walked away shaking my head.

Now, if you know me you would know I would NEVER- EVER say anything like this ( Not because I’m spineless but, because I have no dog in hospital fights). I am a contract employee and I work for my patients. I care about my patients and, as a nurse, I am bound by my nursing oath to advocate on their behalf.

The questions I posed to administration was not for me. The question I asked them was for the benefit and safety of the PATIENTS.

The patients… You know, the very people that hospitals get their billions of dollars from.

Rosie the Nurse

 

I can only hope they take this matter seriously.

Thank God I am off work tomorrow. I seriously need the break.

 

Quote of the Day

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” -Martin Luther King Jr.

 

What’s for Dinner?

Potato Soup

potato soup
potato soup

 

P.S.

I really think this Covid Pandemic is going to reveal how bureaucratic the hospital systems in the US are. After the dust has settled nurses need to get together as a country and demand better working conditions which include clinician ran institutions. There is a doctor who makes videos and supports nurses who completely supports this idea.

 

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Travel Nurse's diary chronicling her experience travel nursing and the food and cultures she encounters. The emergence of the Pandemic has altered the content to reflect her experience in caring for corona virus patients. Initially, this diary was to serve as a creative outlet documenting my experience of travel nursing while exploring the food and cultures of the places I visit. Since the development of the diary, the Corona Virus Pandemic emerged altering the content of the diary. These are unprecedented times for nursing. We are fighting a battle that has never been fought. What we document now will be historic and I need to make sure it is written from the perspective of a nurse. This diary will now reflect my real-time experience in nursing this population of corona virus patients and, my opinions regarding the pandemic. It will still give you information on the food, cultures and cities I experience but, it won't be the primary focus- for now. I travel the country with my boyfriend, and fellow nurse, Michael. We are big time foodies and we love to travel in our RV with our cat Domino a.k.a. Princess Kitty Bitch. We would love for you to join our adventure. So, here we go... The name of this diary is now called... Corona Virus Pandemic Diary of a Nurse’s slightly slanted Perspective Recommended Playlist, Relevant Quotes and Recipes Included Travel Nurse's diary chronicling her experience travel nursing and the food and cultures she encounters. The emergence of the Pandemic has altered the content to reflect her experience in caring for corona virus patients.

2 Comments

  • Lorrie Newman

    I hear you, about 3 years ago when my daughter was going to nursing school one of her assignments was to research who in government was working on fixing something she cared about. Her concern was exactly what you are ranting about. Anyway she found out that the Democrats in the Senate ( Sherrod Brown , Elizabeth Warren and a couple other Dems I can’t remember now ) have written bills that would require hospitals to hire more nurses to lesson the load. It is sitting in the Senate with NO republican support. God forbid someone cut into their corporate profits.

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