Night shift, the best, 12 hr shifts
Travel Nurse (Former Employee) – Riverton, WY – November 21, 2013
Arrive, do walking report, give meds, take vitals, electronic charting in patient rooms, eMars.
This was a 13 week travel assignment and other than learning their computer system and orientation, teaching specific skills was not a priority.
Management was usually there during the day, so I did not see much of them. Staffing was poorly handled in that it was based on the census at midnight the previous night without regard for changes in the acuity of patient care. Short-staffing was normal.
Co-workers varied, but there was general frustration, not with me, but with the staffing issue. Shifts were friendly and supervisors tried to assist when able.
Hardest was trying to work with sufficient staff, which happened ll too often. You were left feeling like your care was inadequate. I was also very lonely in that my family was in Oregon.
I enjoyed working with the patients as well as my colleagues. And I got to go to Yellowstone!