Tuesday, July 29, 2014

hell no

There is an Ebola virus outbreak going on in Africa right now.  A terrible thing.  It starts with a fever, throat pain, muscle aches and headaches. Often times it affects the liver and kidneys.  People have trouble with bleeding.  Little can be done for it except supportive care and hope that the body's immune system can overcome it.  It has up to a 90% fatality rate.

There has been recent news of medical professionals there dying after getting the virus. Recently a man travelling in Africa who was a citizen of this country died over there.

Its a scary thing. The chances of it coming here are probably remote.  It gives me pause though..  We are trained to deal with disasters, including disease outbreaks and how we would handle them. Biological warfare.  Gas attacks. I learned about all of this in detail in the military.   I have to say that if there was an outbreak of some kind o a chemical or gas attack, biological warfare,
 I won't be the one caring for people.

That might sound selfish.  Hey you are a medical professional and you work in the ER, you are supposed to take care of us during these events.  Maybe....but I am not willing to sacrifice possibly exposing my family to something I could bring home.  Simple as that.

What are your thoughts?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

another nail in the coffin

I almost ran screaming from the building a couple of days ago at work. THEY were down the hall. The people with the clipboards. I won't say who they are.  I do not want to put their dreaded name on my
Lets just say the name of their company rhymes with my friend Tess Haney....yes its THEM, the people I have heard about on other blogs.  THE people that are hated throughout the land

They are the people whose job it is to gather the SURVEYs, make the SCORES, make our lives a living hell. I can't believe my hospital hired THEM.  The thing is the hospital keeps harping on saving money, but they are no doubt spending hundreds of thousands on this company.  ??????

I can just see what is going to happen with this.  People are going to be individually singled out with this. They are going to be "re-educated".  Doctors are going to be even more kiss ass than they are now for fear of getting a bad score.

This is just another nail in the coffin. I just can't stomach this stuff.  I mean seriously, the whole patient satisfaction thing is going to be a nightmare. The thing is, people who work in medicine really do the best they can. Our job becomes more and more difficult.  The patients are needier and more difficult to deal with. Now all of this is going to be hanging over our heads.  Its just too much.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

bursting your bubble about nursing

Dear John/Jane Q. Public:

I am about to burst your bubble about nursing. You know the profession that is most admired, comes up number one in those polls? Those angels of mercy, Mother Teresa types? The ones that soothe your fevered brow?

Guess what? Nursing is a job. Thats all it is. The difference between your job and my job is that there are sick people at my job. My job is no different than your job. I punch the clock in and out. I do whats necessary to the best of my ability.

Here's the thing: I did not have a "calling" to this job. Mostly I went for this job because of its flexibility, security and variety. I didn't have a deep yearning to help people. Thats just a nice side part.

I do this job to help support my family. If I won the lottery, would I keep doing the job? Hell no. I would be out of there in a heartbeat. I'll let you in on a secret, Mr./Mrs. Public, this is just a job to me. I didn't set out to help humanity. I am not Florence Nightengale. A lot of the time, the job sucks.

I can just hear some people saying: You obviously never should have become a nurse. Blah blah blah. People have this distorted image of nursing as these people who have a need to sacrifice themselves for others. We are these angels of mercy put on earth to serve humanity. Makes me laugh. We do the job, cash the check, go home to the family and try to forget about the job. So don't put your ridiculous expectations on us and then be disappointed that we are just people doing a job.


madness the nurse