Vintage Nurse is an experienced refresher nurse currently working on a medical floor. She also holds several advanced degrees in the School of Life.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Bad Gut Weekend
had a 3-for-one special on GI bleeders this weekend. This offer was extended to
all of the unit, not just my section, so everyone could share in the
fun.All of the bleeders were morbidly
obese and helpless in the face of bloody diarrhea; all of them fractious and
feeling like hammered shit. Naturally
PRBC’s and fluids were running in rivers, and lab techs appeared almost hourly
to draw another round of H&H.
was no CNA on duty of course (no CNA was to be had for love nor money) and so
another RN partially filled the role. Brainy
as we are, an RN does not have the same skills as an experienced CNA. Having an extra nurse made it possible to
actually care for the people we charge the insurer for having cared for, and I
was relieved that no one’s doctor chewed out the day staff because his
patient’s weight or some such was not recorded.That was nice.However, think
what replacing a CNA with an RN does to the budget then next time you hear a
call for budget cuts.
to that one out of control detox patient who appeared to have returned to
baseline (cursing, leaping out of bed/falling down, unable to make sense of conversation)
and you have the makings of a Full Moon Weekend. Except it wasn't a full moon,
it was just a weekend.