Time just flies by! I have been on the job for a month now, I can't believe it. I worked Sunday night & got yelled for the first time by a patient's daughter & I got hung up on by a doctor. Fun, fun, fun...let me tell you. The daughter was upset because her father was moved from PCU to Med-surg & she was not notified. We had told another daughter of this move, but I guess she didn't let the rest of the family know & the daughter that called me flipped out. I apologized even though I really didn't do anything wrong - it's not our responsibility to notify every family member when a patient is moved to a different floor. And the doctor ordered the move & she kept asking "Why did the doctor order it?" That's something you need to ask the doctor, but of course I didn't say that to her. I did, however, understand that she was upset because Hospice had been in that day to get the paperwork started with her father & he wasn't doing very well when she left that evening. So I apologized & then let her know that we made sure her father was comfortable before we moved him to the other floor - which was the truth.
As far as my second doctor call - it was 1 am & one of his patients couldn't sleep. So I called the doctor's answering service, they gave me his home number & when I called it - I got his answering machine. I didn't know what to say so I hung up - smooth, aren't I? My preceptor said "call again." This time he answered, I could tell I woke him up. I told him what I was calling about & he starts asking me questions about the patient - like what was he admitted to the hospital for & what kind of medications was he on? My preceptor was in the background saying "Doesn't he know who his patients are?" So I get done reading off the list of meds & then I hear nothing at all. "Hello????" Nothing. "HELLO????" Nothing. He hung up on me! I tell my preceptor that he hung up. She laughed & said he probably fell asleep. Lovely! Her reply..."call him back." Ughhhhhhhh! So I dial the # & say "I think we got disconnected." He ended up ordering Restoril but he was talking so softly that I couldn't understand him. I told him I couldn't hear him...so he mumbled it again. I read it back & he said "yes, anything else?" Nope, thank you. Since it was after 11 pm, I had to go to the ER to get the medication (our pharmacy is closed from 11 pm to 6 am). So after writing the order, I told my preceptor I was going to get the med & her reply was "Already?" As if I had anything better to do. My patient was restless & needed sleep - so why not get him his medication right away? I went to the ER & came right back. She said "You're fast!" I figured the quicker my patient got his medication & went to sleep, the more time I had to do my charting. I also got a new admit...a lady with syncope. I got the lovely task of waking her up every 2 hours to do neuro checks. She was really happy about that (NOT!). She must have thought I was a pest. Anyways, I'm starting to see the difference in how my night flows seems to depend on my preceptor. R is very organized, she doesn't mess around & she doesn't try to find me busy work. J isn't very organized & is very eager to have me experience anything & everything she possibly can during the shift - even if it means the charting is pushed back. I prefer R's style, although I am appreciative of J trying to find me new opportunities. I work Thursday night with J & then I'm off until next Tuesday...yay.
That means I have Sunday off so I can watch the Daytona 500...yay. Go Dale Jr. go!
The charge nurse the other night made a comment about my eyes. She says "You have A Bug's Life eyes." Uhh, ok (not having any clue what she was talking about). I thought she was saying I had bug eyes or something & I was thinking "How rude to say that to someone...lol." Then she went on to explain the movie & how they have amazing eyes or something - I still have no idea what she is talking about, but I realized it was a compliment. Today we went over to the cath lab, echo & where the stress tests are done. The two nurses there start talking about how they like my rings - one of them has a Tanzanite stone (purple color) & they both start talking about how my eyes are a pretty color. One said "I know your eyes are blue, but they look violet & sort of match your ring." Ummmmmm...huh? When it rains it pours.
Speaking of work/class today...what a waste of a day. We spent 3 hours doing nothing - just chatting with the nurses in these other areas because they had no patients that they could show us the procedures. Then we had a cardiac class in the afternoon.
I'm watching Jay Leno - he has John Travolta on. He is just adorable. I like listening to him talk...John Travolta that is. Jay is ok, but John is amusing. He has a new movie coming out...woo hoo.
I played volleyball last night - what an exciting Valentine's Day, huh? To top it off, the team we were supposed to play didn't even show up! We managed to get a few people to join us & had few competitive games. Mark & I played on Danny's team...he's such a nice guy. I've been talking to my guy friend Tracy again - I guess I missed him more than I thought I would. I don't know if we are like a security blanket for one another or if there is something real there. I guess time will tell. You'd think I would know after 5 years, but I don't. Sometimes he seems so ideal & other times it is so opposite. I don't know what to think.
Gina, Tami & I ran to Target during lunch today & ran into Kelly. She showed us her engagement ring from Ivan. We were shocked considering 2 months ago she was acting like they were only friends & nothing more. Oh well, she seems happy & that's what matters.
I found out today that another one of our classmates didn't pass the nclex - she was someone we thought for sure would pass. Especially since she's been through a nursing program more than once (she moved to Florida from another state mid-way through the program & Florida wouldn't accept her previous nursing credits so she had to start from the beginning). As far as the rest of my classmates, everyone but 1 person that has taken it has passed...so that's like 42 people. Tami takes her exam tomorrow. Gina & I are on the 28th....it's coming up! Time to go study yet again.