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Being in charge and having patients

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28-Jun-2011 6:57 pm

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mike

mike

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3-Jul-2011 11:59 pm

This is such a common problem and it happens to everyone.

Personally in the past, I have made sure first and foremost my patients are looked after on shift, the paperwork was completed (to cover myself legally) and everything else management wise was handed over and an incident form completed stating why (ie no staff). That way you are covered legally and professionally, and if things do not get done and management have a problem with it, then that is their problem to sort out by getting more staff. They will still probably try and blame you, most likely with that old chestnut (ie bunch of crap) of 'managing your time better', but tell them to stick it and do their job, because you are covered. You will not be popular, but you can't be everything.

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Anonymous

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5-Jul-2011 8:58 am

'managing your time better'

oh, in the UK as well? this is also used by managers in a European hospital where I worked. must be a universal manager mantra. they swanned around from ward to ward and picked up on anything which had not been done, no matter if you had to drop everything for a resus, urgent attention for a patient, working out dosages, preparing and administering a complex chemo regime which had to be done on time, an unannounced emergency admission or you were working on a shift on your own (where suddenly several patients want a bed pan at the same time or it is already too late) and on a ward where the staff had suddenly been reduced to half by the new administration for the same number of acute patients!
sometimes a word of praise, finding assistance or rolling up their own sleeves might have been more helpful for the patients. The best way to dodge this comment was to try not to appear stressed!

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Anonymous

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6-Jul-2011 3:28 pm

Thank you - very interesting posts! It's helpful to know that I'm not on my own here!!

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Daza153

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25-Oct-2012 4:54 pm

Your manager is blinking lucky if they can swan about and do sod all. I'm counted in the numbers on a daily basis. I manage a 20 bedded ortho ward and a 3 bedded HDU. Patient care and safety is paramount and that as a band 5 should be your main concern. If they are supervisory then they can do all the admin / management stuff. Safeguard your registration as nobody else will!!

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Luci Jane

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29-Mar-2014 1:45 pm

The road to being a fully certified registered nurse is no easy path; you must get through a great level of schooling, and if you survive that then you still don’t have a guaranteed job. This is not a simple job to take on, but registered nurses want to help people and will do anything to accomplish their dreams. To try and get a job you need to submit a resume, but with so many nurses coming out of medical school it is not always that easy to get a job. Your RN resume is something that should highlight your strong points and show employers that you are the right person for the job, but knowing how to put together an effective resume is not something that all people can do naturally.

http://www.rnresume.net/

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