Been off the BB for a while because Hubby managed to pour water in my new computer while watering plants and my 'puter is in the shop; but now yesterday I discovered that a resource library I'd been working on for 1 1/2 years for my unit (CV-ICU) was thrown out by one of the AHN's because she didn't check through the files when she was cleaning stuff out recently.
I've been copying and cutting articles from some of the 8 different nursing journals I get and have put them in 2 file drawers, slowly replacing old, out-of-date stuff.
I'd color-coded (using those neon 1" dots that are often used for garage sales) and dated the articles so that they could easily be pulled and tossed after 4 years.
My mistake was that I didn't throw out all of the old stuff right away when I started this project: I thought old resource articles were better than no resource articles at all. She must have opened up the file cabinet, saw some of the old files and just started tossing them without opening any to see what was in them. I was told that "no one used them; they were out of date" and "they can do a lit search on the Internet for info!" :angryfire
I'm angry and upset by this because I had put a lot of work into this project (the HN had asked for volunteers and I was the only one who volunteered) and had worked on it it whenever I had time at work. Once when we were overstaffed, I just worked on this project and was later told that this wasn't in our unit budget, so I just worked on it when I had a slow night. At least I hadn't come in on my days off to do it, so I wasn't out of my own personal time; just my own personal files and energy.
Today I am upset because I haven't found some of these articles on the internet; I've tried Metacrawler and Google to look for a few today and I would have to pay for copies for some of them. I have used many of these articles when precepting or mentoring new people on our unit and will miss some of these articles because they made some of the more complicated info so easy to learn.
One article in particular made the whole concepts of cardiac output, preload and afterload and inotropes really easy.
If anyone can help me figure out how to find these particular articles, I would appreciate your input here.
Thanks for "listening."