Phew! Had the shift from hell

  1. I know, we all have them. But, I am one of those RN who takes her job home. I can't get into details, but you all are pretty familiar with the dumping on your fellow co-workers theme; no team work yada,yada,yada.
    theme.

    So, here I am. Unable to tune out what happened tonight...unable to relax.
    Wanting to scream and wondering why in the hell do I try so hard?

    anyway, thanks for reading this vent.
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   RGN1
    Shifts like that happen - luckily not too often for me - but they do happen. I go home, have a moan to my hubbie, a glass of wine (if I'm not early the next day), watch TV &/or read a book for a bit.

    Hope you get over it soon, it's horrible to deal with but you know tomorrow is another day!
  4. by   Tweety
    I know what you mean JoAnn, it's hard to de-program your mind from those kinds of shifts. My response is too usually eat until exhaustion takes over. Not the best advice, I know. LOL

    I hope you're resting comfortable by now.
  5. by   UM Review RN
    Oh yeah, everyone has them. It gets to be a bit much when you're drowning and everyone else is sitting around doing absolutely nothing.

    There have also been times when we're all drowning and there's no help to be had.

    I was just now wondering what's happened to nursing? I remember back in the 70s I used to have time to give bed baths and back rubs. It just doesn't seem fair to anyone, anymore.

    Maybe we nurses ought to open up our own dang hospital.
  6. by   CseMgr1
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    I was just now wondering what's happened to nursing? I remember back in the 70s I used to have time to give bed baths and back rubs. It just doesn't seem fair to anyone, anymore.
    Been wondering the same thing, myself. Not only did we have time to give bed baths and back rubs back then, it was mandatory, unless the patient refused or a family member wanted to do it, instead. How times have changed.
  7. by   Tweety
    Angie the patients are sicker. The patients I take care of now would have been in ICU back then. The patients in skilled nursing would have been on your unit getting backrubs, as well as those getting home care.
  8. by   CseMgr1
    Quote from Tweety
    Angie the patients are sicker. The patients I take care of now would have been in ICU back then. The patients in skilled nursing would have been on your unit getting backrubs, as well as those getting home care.
    That's true.
  9. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from Tweety
    Angie the patients are sicker. The patients I take care of now would have been in ICU back then. The patients in skilled nursing would have been on your unit getting backrubs, as well as those getting home care.
    Tweets, I believe you're being too generous. Those patients would certainly be dead. No kidding. The advances in technology have truly been enormous, but the advances in humanity......questionable.
  10. by   UM Review RN
    Omigod, I'm so sorry, folks. I have no idea how I got up here on this soapbox, but I'm getting down now.

    :behindpc:

    Uro, please know that we're all rooting for you to have a better shift next time you work!
  11. by   URO-RN
    Thanks guys.

    Yes, I am still up. Going over stuff ...Yes, Tweety I am still eating:wink2: 1 pint of chunky monkey , 2 slices of cold pizza ,2 glasses of wine. Oh, and I am having cereal right now.
    What really got my blood boiling is a comment from a doc who was dealing w/ one of my pts that " a certain cardiac drug could not be given on the floor by us (meaning me, it was my pt)because the nurses over here can't handle it".To which I replied, "sir, the drug cannot be given on this floor due to hospital/pharmacy policy. "We" are perfectly capable of adm the drug, it just a drug that requires close monitoring and the pharmacy/hospital policy requires it be adm in an ICU unit".
    Jerk.

    I am going to brush my teeth and go to sleep. Need to go back at 1500 for more.

    BTW, Congrats Tweety on your new mod status
  12. by   NursesRmofun
    I think lots of us can empathize on that one. I think we are all feeling that way, separately, as we work at any particular job sometimes. One is wondering why the other is not helping and the other is wondering why the other is not helping...and everyone is overwhelmed, I suspect, is part of it. <sigh> Especially with 12 hr. shifts, we get so tired....
  13. by   NursesRmofun
    Quote from Tweety
    Angie the patients are sicker. The patients I take care of now would have been in ICU back then. The patients in skilled nursing would have been on your unit getting backrubs, as well as those getting home care.
    True.....people are sicker....and the staffing numbers are not getting bigger.
  14. by   CHATSDALE
    shifts like that are put in so that when we have a good shift we will appreciate it
    the doc made a dumb remark but don't let it hurt your feelings you know your own skills
    all things being equal i need to unwind from a 3-11 than i do from other shifts..i guess this is a personal thing
    main thing is DON'T EVER LET THEM SEE YOU SWEAT

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