Then more problems arise, and history repeats itself. Charge Nurses, used to be the most experienced, now they are the cheapest. I’m a good nurse I just cuss a lot. That is backward thinking people. Get it together and open your eyes. One day, you may be the patient! See how you like your decisions have faired, then! Just saying.
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29 years in Nursing, critical care. Every July, new “baby docs” come through, I jumped at the chance to “train them right”, making sure they knew, we were there to help them and the patient! Those docs, are the ones that appreciated our help, and didn’t think we were “over stepping our bounds”. I remember one Fellow of Critical Care, tell a group of new docs, ” I don’t panic, if she isn’t panicking”, “listen to her and you will learn a lot”, “treat her bad and your sunk”. I’m a good nurse I just cuss a lot. That about sums it up. We are the doctor’s eyes, ears, hands and brain, while they are not at patients bedside.
We are the communicators of what is happening the 23 hours and 45 minutes the doctor is not right there. Yes, we have to call you a lot, for every “little” thing the patient needs and get orders. Those are Doctor’s rules, made by Doctor’s and society, politicians and scopes of practice administrators, NOT ours Nurses. If a patient requests something, it is not in our scope to give, we MUST, get doctor’s permission (order) to fulfill, even at 3AM.
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What may feel “stupid” to a doctor at that hour, may mean a huge difference to a sick or injured patient who has no control over their care. I am a patient advocate, not the doctor or hospital advocate. So,what if I get yelled at, it is for my patient, so I take it. It just isn’t necessary. Nurses aren’t the enemy. Older, experienced nurses, know how to calm the patient until the doctor “arrives”. We are being pushed out for younger, cheaper, less experienced ones.