Great read! I have encountered so many different nurses as well over the years. One I remember was a veteran nurse of over 25 years. There were too many situations with her for me to write about. She was that older nurse who ate her young. I was a new nurse and when she came at me for no reason I questioned her reasons. I stood up to her politely yet stern enough to let her know I wasn’t going to take this abuse. She was unable to explain her reasons. Strangely enough she began to respect me and was friendly from there on. I often reminded her when she would attack yet another new nurse.
Throughout my nursing career, I have been blessed to work with so many brilliant nurses. I can’t remember everyone, but because of human nature, I will always remember the really great nurses and the most intolerable ones. When I think of the worst nurses, I’m not entertaining catty personality conflicts, but more so considering nurses who were downright dangerous. Dangerous nurses put patient care at risk and may not even know they are doing it. Yes, there is always the tired nurse who may be more apt to make mistakes, or the nurse who leaves the unit too much, but the most dangerous type of nurse is the one who is overconfident and doesn’t ask questions.
When I started my first job in a cardiac medical ICU, I had a run-in with a dangerous nurse for the first time. Nurse A was just off orientation and her preceptors expressed…
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I am heading into my fourth week now of being off sick now with what I thought was mono. It’s very similar in presentation. My Doctor said all of my blood work came back negative for mono but clearly I was sick. It is a severe viral infection, and really, who cares what strain is at this point?
While being off work my kids have had to learn to fend for themselves a little more. Severe exhaustion has been one of my symptoms. I’ve been able to give them guidance…lol or maybe I should say bark orders at them, from the couch. They’re 10 and almost 13, my daughter being the oldest. Some days she’s been sweet and kind, wanting to do everything for me, including cooking for her brother. Other days she turns into the girl from the exorcist!!! Her head spins around, and she screams and yells in that crazy scary voice. Most of the time she’s somewhere in between. I haven’t had to call a priest to perform an exorcism…yet! Where my son is definitely a mama’s boy and will do just about anything for me with little or objection. However he tends to be glued to his ipod or the laptop, and has mastered selective hearing. He can literally block out everything going on around him. I have to get in his line of sight, or send him a text, or physically touch him. This skill may be of use to him in his future, I just hope it doesn’t get him into trouble! I’ve now taught him how to use the washer and dryer, so he could do some of his own laundry while I was sick.
I do have to give them some credit. They may have lived on cereal, cheese, eggs and bacon the last couple of week, but they haven’t gone hungry and they seem to be happy with life. I was also very lucky to have my parents a 45 minute drive away. My Dad is retired and often come out to help with meals and he’s working on finishing my basement. My Mom came as well a few times and they always brought precooked meals or groceries for us. The balance of being sick and being a Mom was extremely difficult but sometimes that’s just how life goes. It’s been nice not to have to worry about being a Nurse for the last 3 weeks. I have missed my patients, and the staff I work with. Now that I’m going to be starting on Medicine when I go back, I won’t get to look after those patients any more. The good thing is that the medicine floor has a locked unit for patients with dementias or behavioural issues. Mental health patients can still become medically unstable, especially as they get older, and my unit is where they would go when that happens. They are chronic patients, and I know that some of them are going to be on this unit for a very long time. I will definitely be visiting!
I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life as an RN on the medicine floor. It has been a long time coming and I can’t wait to get it started.