Nurse First started today. It was horribly painful in a variety of ways.
To start with, not being used to our new facility, the first thing I did was bash my unprotected hand on an automatic door. That hurt.
But, I got over it.
Then I sat on down in the lobby with the patients. Folks. It's Monday. Unless you are dying, do NOT go to the Emergency Department on a Monday. Mondays are bizarre days. Less lacerations and gun shot wounds…but more sick sick people. A lot of people attempt to wait out the weekend and want to see their regular doctor. Usually on Monday the regular doc is booked and sends them to the ED.
Today, we had sick people waiting over 8 hours to be taken to the back. This is crazy. I personally do not care if it's someone who really isn't sick, but these people were not well. There was NO place to put them. No where. Because of the new construction, we are actually down beds.
So the day was spent dealing with an angry Mob. And then the worst part was a few of my colleagues decided the job wasn't difficult and complained that I "get" to do it…well, management shut that down right away, bt those little ribbing comments from the back and then angry Mob in the front just about did me in.
And tomorro, more is coming my way. By the time I finish April, my skin is going to be as tough as steel. It's strong motivation to continue to do well in hand rehab, so I can get out of the Nurse First Position. 🙂