Monday, December 22, 2008

Work headache

Ugh....what a week it has been..... last night when I got to work I find out that our entire compuuterized charting system has gone down and had been down since about 11 am so there was paper stacked everywhere because everything had to be hand written charting. And since the computers were down we had no way of printing out a list of the medicines to be given so we had to go through each of our charts and write out the medicines we had to give and the time it had to be given ( that takes a long time ) And THEN after midnight they finally got them back up and running so then we had to chart all of our stuff and then start putting in all of the stuff thta the day shift had written. AND the pharmacy was sooooo behind so if a doctor came in and wrote new orders.......the wait to get them through pharmacy was hours. I know at one time the pharmacist said they were backed up with 200 orders to do.....what a mess. So I'm hoping that when I go in tonight everything is still up and running.
The night before last night I find out that one of the patients I had taken care of the night before had a positive TB skin test- so there we had been all up in the room with no mask all night the night before- now they're in an isolation room with negative pressure and you have to wear masks when you go in.......ya ...nice. And the chest x-ray really looked like they had the nodules in their lungs and everything so we're sure it was not a falst positive. Soooo now I'll have to be tested at some point, blah blah blah......the dr said he thinks that they're past the infective stage or whatever, so hopefully I'm good. I really don't want to take those drugs you have to take for months...... so fun. The joys of nursing.........does it really pay enough to deal with this?
Oh ya and of course we had a staff meeting this we got to hear all the things we never do right.......we are robots you know......we must do everything perfect at all times. Even if everything around us isn't. Time for pizza....

1 comment:

Heather said...

Ugh. Sounds like a stressful week! Isn't it funny how dependent we are on our computer systems? Working in the IT department now I see first hand the chaos that results when just one thing goes down for an hour or so. LOL Hopefully the doc is right about the TB patient not being contagious anymore... :o|