Recently my Medical/Oncology unit has felt more like a psychiatric unit. This past week we have had patients screaming, throwing things at nurses and other people, threatening anyone that comes in the room, being verbally abusive not only to their nurses, but to the people that need to be constantly sitting with them. In the … Continue reading Psych Unit?
The other night I had an interesting question come from a patient, I had no idea how to answer that question, so I said I would ask someone and get back to the family member. A little background on what happened. A patient came up from the ED, who had recently been diagnosed with something … Continue reading Difficult Questions
Something that has been both a struggle for me in my personal and professional life is setting limits with people. I have a very hard time saying no, especially when it is someone who is in pain or is in the hospital. 99% of people are in the hospital because they need to be, not … Continue reading Limit Setting
I have been struggling quite a bit more on night shifts than I have on my day shifts. While on day shift it was really busy, I always felt like I was connecting well with patients and the work load was always chaotic but manageable. I am not struggling so much with the actual work, … Continue reading Guilt, Anxiety, and Frustration
The other night I had a particularly difficult patient. On top of being in acute alcohol withdrawal, this individual also had an extensive psychiatric history and history of previous substance abuse. This is a winning combination that leads to a busy night. First this patient had been getting better during the day, and for the … Continue reading Dealing with Difficult Patients
Yet again as I continue on my journey into the nursing profession, I had a first time experience that truly didn't sit well with me, but is something that we find to be a norm in our society. I had to discharge my first long term patient, which is emotional and trying. In addition to … Continue reading Tough Calls
When working in a hospital, death is inevitable and unescapable. How does that old saying go...There are 2 things in life you can't escape, death and taxes...or something to that effect. **There are some graphic details in this so if you would rather not be exposed to that please stop reading now 🙂 In this field … Continue reading Dealing with Death