busy; out of touch management; hands on care; good team work
Registered Nurse-Full Time (Current Employee) – Richmond, VA – October 22, 2015
We have a very busy critical care unit with all types of patients (renal, transplant, cardiac, respiratory, hospice, dementia, and many others). There are usually only 3 nurses with a 4 to 1 patient ratio; and we don't always have a tech to help. Our patients are usually very complicated with turnings every 2 hrs, wound care, with many being incontinent. It is very difficult without a tech to help. I do work with a good team and we help each other out as best we can. The day always presents a mode for learning; and I do enjoy most of all the satisfaction that I have helped someone and I try to brighten their day-even pray with them if they ask. The hardest part is the unsafe situations that the nurses in my unit find ourselves in often-the acuity level is not taken into account for the staffing ratios and this presents unsafe situations for the patients and the staff. This also doesn't allow for the nurse to have the proper time with the patient that the patient deserves and/or needs. I do feel management is really out of touch with this and nothing will be done to change things until a sentinel event happens.
Hands on patient care; environment of learning
Too busy for lunch or breaks usually and quality time with the patient