Friday, February 18, 2011

So sorry

Ahhhh, soooo sorry it's been a month since I posted. Time just flies by. Work has been ok. Nothing much really stands out other than our hospital seems to be slammed week after week. I don't remember it being like this last year...even with all the swine flu overkill. And the patients being admitted don't even have the flu this year. Lots of respiratory, cardiac, GI problems...but no flu like symptoms. Weird. The nice thing about that is that we no longer have to wear these gas mask looking contraptions on our r/o H1N1 patients. All we have to wear is surgical masks...muchhhh easier to breathe! And we don't look like exterminators. I'll have to take a pic sometime & post it. My fellow nurse now uses hers when she cleans her bathrooms at home...so she doesn't breathe in all the chemical smells. Not a bad idea!

I have had a couple of patients that wrote nice cards regarding how I care for them. That's always nice. And at the other end of the spectrum, there's always one family member that thinks you're the worst person to ever step foot on earth. I would really like to know why her expectations are soooo high. My hospital is one of the best in the nation & we go above & beyond to make sure the patients and families are happy. Every once in awhile we will get a patient come in....like with syncope/dizziness & not be able to figure out why it's happening. Newsflash...that is NOT the nurse's fault. Take your frustrations out on the doctors....they are the ones diagnosing patients. We simply care for your family member & do our best to make sure they don't fall while in the hospital. Ironic thing....the patient would thank us at least 20 times for whatever we did...whether it was to help her to the bedside commode or simply turn off a light in the room....thank you, thank you, thank you...I really mean it, thank you. Why couldn't a little of that appreciation rub off on her family members? Sigh. Done venting.

We have a new manager. She rarely comes out of her office. It really is bizarre to go from having such a social manager who would greet us in the mornings, come out to the nurses station and even occasionally stay later at night to interact with the night staff. This one...in her office all the time. She loves her emails. I'm not judging her...maybe she's shy? She's very encouraging via email. That's fine. It's just different than what we're used to & some people I think are a bit offended by her lack of physical interaction with the staff. I'm ok with it.

Weekend option is still going very well....other than the fact they forced us to pick up an extra shift per pay period. I figure it will come in handy when we do run into the slow season & we're being called off. So I won't complain.

I bought tickets to see Katy Perry in June.....I cannot wait. Lady Gaga in April. And Tim McGraw is coming to town in May. I tried to get Taylor Swift tickets...but all the ticket brokers bought them up. So I either have to pay a lot to see her or just skip it. So far the thought of skipping it is what I'm going with.

I did upgrade my cell phone to a windows phone. However, I'm returning it next week. I hate the camera on it...hate it! And I just can't justify in my head paying an extra $50 a month for my nephew & I to have the internet on our phones. I miss my old easy phone. So I'll be switching back. Just giving it a few more days to see if I get attached to the new phone. I like some things it offers...but cannot justify and extra $600 a year to read my email & be on facebook & have access to the internet. Maybe if I didn't have an ipad.

The weather here in Florida is beautiful. In the 80's for the next 5 days. Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!

1 comment:

Liz said...

Thank you, Jen for making me feel justified. I switched from an iphone to a plain old phone recently and was wondering if I did the right thing. You're right, I don't think checking FB statuses is worth $600.