Thursday, November 20, 2008


So, I'm back to floating today. I figure that by the end of today I will be at almost 38 hours for the week. Means I get out of here after about 2 hours tomorrow!! Yay! That really makes my day. At least I learned something new today: learned how to do a C-Spine x-ray. That's an interesting one to do. And the final result is pretty funky looking. We'll see if I can remember how to do it on the next one! Nice to see I'm not the only one who doesn't know how to do some of the x-rays! One of our RN's had to get help on an L-spine today. Took for freaking ever! Oh well..

So, I am going to add a little sum-sum to this while I wait for the last hour of my day to slowly tick by. I'm placed in a position where I don't want to be, and I really don't like it. I was put into this float thing, well pushed really, wasn't even sure it was something I wanted to do. Hell, I almost cried the day they told me I was given the position. And then, I did cry almost every day from then up until Monday when I officially became the float MA. Mostly, it's going into the unknown, since I can't follow the example of the last float or risk losing my job. They want to shake the position up and change it all around, so I have no clue what I'm doing from one second to the next, not something I deal well with. I like structure at work. I like knowing what I'm supposed to be doing at specific times of the day. Even PIC was more structured than float, and every day on PIC is different from the one before.

It also doesn't help that I'm being accused of not going into this with an open mind. That is not true. I may not have wanted this position, but I sure didn't come into it thinking: "I'm going to hate this job". That would be stupid. I came into it not knowing what to do, so I feel like a ship lost at sea with no rudder. No guidance. Something I am not entirely comfortable with. And if I have to hear: "you'll get out of this what you want", I may go completely off the deep end. I know I don't have far to go, but still. Give me a break. I can't even have a bad day without someone telling me that I'm not looking at the position with an open mind.

The other thing is that they are thinking about having me take on some of the responsibilities of the PMC nurses that the float has never had to do. IE: room 2 of their pt's so they can do paperwork. I did a 12 hour shift on PMC, without a float nurse, and did everything, plus my RX refill requests that I do as float, plus I cleared out some messages from all the PMC nurses. Not just my work, but the work of the nurse I covered for and a little extra paper/phone work. Now, if I did it without help, why do they need so much help. And, I know it's not all of them, it's a certain one or two. I don't mind helping them out when they need it, but I sure as shit do not want to be the office 'go-fer' or 'hey-will-ya'. I do not have it in my personality to do that for a long period of time.

Sounds like I'm not the only one fed up with work this week. The lab tech just told me his week hasn't gone much smoother than mine.

Here's hoping next week goes better....or I may quit life!