*There are still some GRUMPY older people that will never be pleased. Luckily, I haven't had to deal with any of them lately. I worked 3 in a row last weekend & I had the same patients all 3 nights. This rarely ever happens. And they were great patients for the most part. One didn't want anything from me ever. The second one ate nearly everything we had to eat on the nightshift...all three nights. And the third one...couldn't eat anything. Poor thing was only like 60 lbs and even unable to absorb the tube feeding we were trying to give her. I really think social services should be called to investigate. It is not normal to be that weight & the family denies any problems. You could see every bone in her body. It was not pretty. I felt like she could break a bone with any movement. She didn't even have the strength to lift her head. It was like taking care of a baby. :(
*The HCAPHS (govt) surveys are still a pain in the butt & probably always will be. Grrrr!
*My eval rocked! And we get a 2% raise. It's not much, but it's something. Of course my eval only lasted maybe 10 min, the other 50 min was a discussion about HCAPHS surveys. Ugh!
*I no longer love my 2 day work weekends, so I switched to part-time status with the requirement only being 2 days a week, but I can pick up additional shifts. My reasoning being...I need a break & I'm not going to get that with full-time status right now. I think at the beginning of next year, I will switch back to full-time (I'll reevaluate that later in the year), but summer is nearly here & I want to be able to take some vacation time without anyone being able to say no. Weekend status wouldn't allow me that freedom & sometimes I want weekends off....so that's the reason I got rid of that status. What I don't want is to become burnt out on bedside nursing & that is easy to do if you feel like you don't have enough time off. I don't want to be one of those nurses that hates my job, but can't do anything else because the pay is decent in nursing. So although I'll be making less $$$, mentally I'll be better off.....for now. :)
*I'm still waiting on the doctors to put in their own orders. June is when they say it will start happening. I can't wait to see it!!!
*The jury is still out on how I feel about my new manager. Talking to her during the eval was helpful & I see her approach, but at the same time...it's still odd that she won't come out of her office to talk to us. I would never want her job in a million years & in my 7 years of nursing, I have yet to see a manager last more than 2 years in that position. It's not easy. So I'll try not to judge & hope that she has our best interest at heart.
*We just had a nursing survey & I'm sure the hospital won't be happy with our results. Maybe it will wake administration up. Still looking forward to the employee satisfaction survey in August.
*I still have my niece & nephew. Supposedly the boyfriend will be moving out this weekend & the kids can go home on Monday. I'm not holding my breath nor getting my hopes up. I do want my freedom & privacy back...but still in doubt this will actually happen. The kids don't even want to go back. Soon it will be summer & I'm sure they'll be over here again. One day I will get my place back to myself. (fingers crossed)
*The Lady Gaga concert......amazingggggggg....yet weirdddddddd. It will be shown on HBO in May from Madison Square Garden...so if you have HBO, check it out. You'll see what I mean. I used to think she just did this bizarre stuff to get attention.....but now I think she truly is bizarre & this is totally normal stuff for her. I'm not sure what her message was during the concert. There was some type of message, because she talked A LOT, but I have no idea what her point was. It was a great performance though...over 2 hours of HER. That being said, I don't think I'll ever go to another concert of hers again. Once was enough.
Ok, those were my updates from the last post. Now on to current stuff...
*Prayers for all of those affected by the tornadoes these last few days. So heartbreaking.
*I'm feeling sad that today will be the final space shuttle launch. I grew up in Florida & launches are a normal way of life. The thought of never watching another one or never hearing any more sonic booms...makes me sad. I can only hope the next President brings it back. Way too much is invested to just slash space shuttles from existence.
*I'm heading out to my parents house in a little while. They are right on the east coast & I've never been there to watch a shuttle launch. It's also a nice little get away for me.
*Tim McGraw concert is on Sunday....and it's his birthday! Can't wait!!!!!
Have a great weekend everyone!