As the sun rose so did my blood pressure, my relief came in and instantly demanded to know why I didn't tie down my fellow. I explained that my guy was just scratching his nose and we had a couple of conversations over the night about his ET tube and he agreed to leave it alone and had held up to his end of the bargain evidenced by the fact that it was still there. I may as well been talking to a brick wall, a brick wall who was busily getting the restraints out and telling me that I must be new to believe that he wouldn't go for that tube in a heart beat. She also said the one thing that made my blood boil.
"I don't have time to baby sit him all day and make sure he doesn't yank it out"
Don't have time? What was she going to do all day with only one patient? Go out and get a pedicure? It's not like I didn't have other things to deal with like the admit I got at 2am that needed multiple units of blood hung, but I made it work. We deliver nursing care to out patients, they are not in the hospital for our convenience, they need care.
Yes I am new and I do believe that our job is to care for our patients not to "fix" them or "patch" them up. Maybe the real world hasn't ground me down enough yet or maybe I am totally out of touch but I take pride in the care I provide for them.
Take care out of Nursing Care and what do you get, just a Nurse. Which seems apt in this case because none of what she was doing was about the patient it was all about the nurse.