22 Jun

Click here to credit the artist of this piece, from deviantART. (naturally)

Help me, help me. I might be socially inadequate, but I know how to do my job. Try and talk to me outside of my job and I might look like that girl in the picture.


There was one very small spot of blood on the top sheet, and that my friends, is totally unacceptable.

11 Responses to “Help!”

  1. Sean June 22, 2010 at 13:57 #

    Wow. Speechless. Unfortunately I think we have all encountered similar situation of some degree.
    I agree. Unacceptable.

    BTW- I’m still laughing hysterically at your comment : “One shift last week we were all at max ratio 6:1, which in my opinion is equivalent to a gangbang in the world of nursing”.

    Hang in there.

    • seejanenurse June 22, 2010 at 21:55 #

      Yeap yeap Sean, It is a gangbang and everybody is getting screwed, the patient, the nurse, and the ancillary staff. I read your post on the strike, I really don’t have the answers, and we are not unionized where I am. I often wonder what it would be like if we were union…enforced ratios would be nice, but I would even be happy with a lunch break on some shifts.
      I never even followed up with the Temple nurses strike…I am going to look it up now.
      Still hanging in there, you big motivator! 🙂

  2. Heather June 22, 2010 at 15:31 #

    I’m a nursing student in Alabama, and I didn’t even realize there were blogs about nursing. Thank you for doing this. It makes me look forward to becoming a nurse even more knowing what kind of things might happen and how others in my future profession deal with them-especially being able to see the humor in it.

    • seejanenurse June 22, 2010 at 21:46 #

      Nurse blogs are everywhere, I am glad you found us! I started writing about my experiences 2 weeks off of orientation, and even if I get lazy or distracted at times, I will continue. I carry on reading and writing about nursing because really, it is a way to relate experiences, and know that we are not alone in this.
      Yes, the humor is important, it is a coping mechanism, maybe. Really if we can’t laugh at ourselves, who can we laugh at?
      Good luck in school, you will love it, I do. And hang in there through the nursing school stress and drama!

  3. PurpleRN June 23, 2010 at 00:23 #

    Holy crap you have a 6:1 ratio on Tele? We have 4:1 here in CA and it’s almost all I can do to keep up somedays.

    I hate the family members who sweat the small stuff. We have one patient, a frequent visitor to our unit, with CHF. Her son is certifiably insane at this point, and things have gone downhill with his mother every subsequent hospitalization. She’s trying to shuffle off her mortal coil and he’s not letting her…

    Anyway, he’s the type of person who will run down the hall after a nurse, any nurse, and say “Have you seen ______ my mom’s nurse? I haven’t seen her in the last 5 minutes and I told her that mom needs her hemorrhoid cream right away and I can’t believe she’s not back with it yet. Can you get it for us? No one here ever takes care of my mother properly, having to wait this long for the simplest little thing! You need to go find her for me right away and tell her how important this is!!!”

    Poor woman almost made it to heaven, but he changed her code status from DNR to Full at the last moment. Now she’s in the ICU on a vent… going through hell

    • seejanenurse June 23, 2010 at 22:06 #

      Yes, the ratio can go 6:1 and it does not always do that, but it sure legally can, and it is absolute insanity on those days. A lot of times the acuity is not that high though, so it evens out sometimes. I guess I could write essays about doctors who “always” admit the their patients to telemetry. On the swing side of this when it is 3:1 or 4:1, I find it very manageable. I will find myself escaping the tele gangbang hell one day soon, I have just been lazy.

      It is hard when family members major in the minors, when we are majoring in the majors. I always fall back on the control issue with them, they want some control because they can’t understand. I give them control over the little things to comfort them. It sucks when we are busy and have to do that, but in the end it goes a long way. *hands over the ass cream* with a smile is how I rock it, most of the time, unless someone is coding lol

      I know what you mean about the frequent flyers, and heart failure, it is a revolving door, that spins so fast. I feel like a recording: take your lasix, weigh yourself every morning, if you gain 2 pounds over night, call your doctor.

      The code status! We accept death as a part of life. Send me home on the morphine drip, please. gtt gtt gtt gtt gtt

      I have DNR tatted on my chest, and DNI tatted on the inside of my lower lip, if and when I find myself in a long drawn out death process.

  4. pinky June 24, 2010 at 15:58 #

    Wow been there, done that. God bless you. Family members can be the bane of your existence sometimes. And I think a therapeutic slap may be just what the Doctor ordered. Maybe you can send her down for ECT? It may improve her mood.

    • seejanenurse June 24, 2010 at 23:12 #

      Yes, some people do need a good therapeutic slap once in a while, I like the idea.
      Thanks for the blessing pinky.

  5. Lana June 25, 2010 at 00:01 #

    I was a tele RN for ten years. So, I totally get where you’re coming from and have had family members like that one, what seems like a million times. Now I work in PACU. Sometimes, it feels like our job is a thankless one, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. But sometimes you do want to slap them if you could.

    • seejanenurse July 4, 2010 at 19:42 #

      That is a long time to be spinning on telemetry! Wow! I went to tele right out of nursing school, and that was a little more than 3 years ago. I am still rocking it, I do get stressed and tired though, but as you said, I would not want to do anything else. I like the chaos, and the fast pace of telemetry. I might want to go to ER one day to satisfy the need for speed, but sometimes, I think I want to get over to ICU to satisfy my need to control. I never really thought about PACU, but I do find anesthesia interesting.


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