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February 05, 2008

Don’t You Dislike it When ….

Question72x521 Don’t You Dislike it When ….

* Spaghetti-tangled IV lines take an hour to unravel?
* Anesthesia personnel drop off your patient without giving you any sort of verbal report?
* A paperless EKG machine stops working when your patient is having angina?
* Garbage pails are overflowing?
* You must go into dirty utility rooms?
* You get back-to-back admissions in 15 minutes, one of whom is “stroking out” as you transfer him/her from one bed to another? Help!!
* A bed doesn’t allow you to weigh a patient accurately?
* A night shift is (too) quiet and uneventful?
* A patient needs transport to MRI at 3 am?
* You find a patient lying in wet, urine-soaked bed linen even though the previous nurse tells you that the patient is all cleaned up?
* There is no razor available to shave a bearded, intubated patient?
* Colleagues forget to order out food with you?
* Nursing administrators remain clueless about the nursing shortage and the issue of burn-out and stress?
* Staffing plans don’t take patient acuity into account?
* An IV infiltrates in a patient receiving dopamine peripherally? (Where is that Regitine when you need it?)
* An automated system dispenses the wrong medicine for your patient?

Well, those are just a few of my pet peeves. Share yours today!

February 5, 2008 in Beka | Permalink


I retired a couple years ago and occasionally wonder if I should have continued to work because I miss the patients and the co-wokers..some of them. However, after reading your list, it takes me back only to reinforce that I did the right thing at the right time.

Posted by: nancy | Mar 5, 2008 11:54:18 AM

You sure , Kevin, that you want to come back to the bedside ?

We need Administrators who know the "ins and outs" of bedside nursing today. Who have had that recent hands on experience...

You could always do a bit of perdiem work !!


Posted by: beka | Mar 3, 2008 12:39:28 PM

I enjoyed reading all of the comments, and the things we dislike. I have been in management for a little over a month, and I wish I was back at the bedside.

Posted by: Kevin | Feb 24, 2008 8:33:27 PM

I came in for a night shift only to be told that i'm not suppose to.Ahhh!

Posted by: karen | Feb 22, 2008 8:57:39 PM

OMG you JUST described the LAST FIVE DAYS!!! That's including the peripheral dopamine (whaaaa??? Who allows that? Yet it happened...), back to back codes, and the ordering out!

Uggh. So glad I'm (we're) not alone!

Thanks for the smile.

Posted by: Andrea | Feb 13, 2008 10:14:23 AM

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