Being not supported, when I had encountered safety issues with patient care makes me feel not-heard of my concerns, and less valued as an employee.
Agency RN/per Diem (Former Employee) – FL – September 15, 2017
Work is important and I value how I function everytime I came in and start my shift. I got it! We had sometimes okay nights, and sometimes shifts' workload is crazy.
I could say, working as an agency nurse is not as easy compared to when you work as a regular staff in the unit, especially if there are sentinel event happened, such as falls. I said "not easy" because sometimes we were not given enough chance to explain our side, which makes us feel management is unkind and unreasonable.
It happened to me. My patient fell in the middle of the shift (hit his head and bleeds dramatically since he was on thinners) while i was on the other side of the hallway, managing care for my patient who just got in from surgery.
Although I am sure I addressed and initiated the fall precaution measures in the begining of my shift (bed alarm on,urinal and call light on the bedside, bed low,etc) It appears that I am at fault! The result?! - my contract was cancelled!
What can I say? Were only one person taking care of 5 sometimes 6 patients all at the same time. I think being not heard hurts me as a nurse, and depleted my self esteem at some point, which should not happen, - given enough time (to be heard) and enough consideration, as accidents ,big or small ,happens at work in the hospital, and most of the time, it's beyond our control.