There are days I feel like I work in a hazardous waste dump. A hazardous human waste dump. Sometimes what we do is so gross. It is gross to the point where I have to wear a mask with vaseline smeared in it in order to avoid vomiting. Those are the times when I think: Why the hell do I do a job such as this? I mean...seriously...am I insane? Am I some kind of masochist?
These are the times when I think: THEY DO NOT PAY ME ENOUGH. We should be making triple what we do. If the public saw what we really deal with on a regular basis they would be shocked:
Every disgusting thing that comes out of the human body has to be cleaned up by somebody and that person is a nurse.
From the smell of c diff to GI bleed to homeless feet to beer and cigarettes, we deal with it. Day after day. j
The worst thingl I ever smelled was burning flesh. A doctor decided to removed some kind of skin growths in our ER (totally inappropriate).
Sorry this is a digusting blog entry, but it is the reality of what we do and Lord knows I'm all about being real. ...
Here's a question for you: What do you use to get rid of bad smells? We use coffee grounds.
Friday, June 14, 2013
What happen to the days when ERs took care of broken legs, appys, lacerations? Those days seem to be gone replaced by patients who have multiple chronic problems and now they are in with a new one. Our patients are so heavy, so old these days. They require so much care and, I guess, so many tests. It is commonplace to see people in their late 80's and into the 90's. It is also common to spend thousands of dollars in hospital admissions keeping them alive, when all they really want to do is die.
A typical shift brings a 98 year old decreased LOC who is intubated, on drips going to ICU. In the next bed is someone from another country who is in isolation for possible TB. Next bed over is a depressed combative drunk. Next to them a heroin overdose. Running between them are exhausted nurses trying to keep up.
Posted by girlvet at 10:25 PM