Sunday, October 9, 2011

Europe bound

One of the fantastic things about being employed is the ability to stash some funds. For trips. To Europe.

Yes I will be in Europe for the next 3 weeks, returning October 30th. Hopefully I have no hospital related storied to share in that time. Ha!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

When not to get Sick.

Our schedule has been released for Christmas. I am working the 22, 23, 24, 25th - all days! It was exactly what I hoped for.

Further - all my friends are working on those days too! Because of course all the experienced staff took the time off - so it is all casuals.

Advice to you - never go to the hospital during a long weekend or any other kind of holiday. Because only casual staff will be working. Not that we aren't super competent and caring - but sometimes it is nice to have some experienced staff around.

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Worst Night.

I got called in the other night to augment the ICU. I got called in the late afternoon and hadn't slept all day - which I thought would be fine because if there are 4 people on usually the breaks are a bit longer. And then you can actually get a sleep.

I know by now not to actually have any expectations like that. I arrived at work to find I had been switched to the floors. Ok. No problem.

TOTAL PROBLEM.

I had so many people to see, I had one 30 minute break all night. The other person on the floors had approximately 2 people to see all night. She offered to help a few times throughout the night, but I had it under control, lots of stuff but only one at a time. Except for at 10 pm when I had two patients requiring trach care and two patients requiring cough assist all at the same time. I got through it.

Ok. So 6 am. I am exhausted, I have 2 sputum inductions to do, and 1 sleep study to download. She asks if there is anything she could do to help. So I say, yes - go ahead and do one of the sputum inductions. Her reply, "Uhhh, is there anything else I could do?" Seriously. What a bitch.

So my goal is to not be an RT like that ever. If someone is busy and you are not - help them. It's simple. And keeps other people from calling you a bitch.