Day 25 of the nurse blogger / NHS Horizons – 30 day blogger challenge.
You’d think, with my positivity there’s not much that can get to me, and you’d be right! Haha. But I am human, I do have my pet peeves and I do have days where I come home and have a rant about life to my partner. I’m not a robot.
Student nurses saying ‘I’m not here to be a healthcare assistant (HCA)’
Excuse me?! The people you will learn from the most will be the HCAs. I understand that we are there to learn the ‘nursey things’ but a nurse ALSO does some of the same duties as a HCA does. Nurses roll their sleeves up and get stuck in. HCAs also go around doing the care rounds, filling out paper work etc too! A must for any nurse.
I also understand that sometimes student nurses can feel ‘used’ as an extra member when it’s busy and feel a little bit pushed aside and that will effect their learning. But instead of complaining, taking to social media or having a go at other people…. TALK to your mentor. Explain in a professional and polite way that you’d like to spend more time with them as you can learn a lot from them. Or if there’s a particular thing you really want to do, see or be involved in – ask. Because that’s also why we are here; to learn and get our competencies signed off to be able to become a registered nurse.
I’m mainly aiming at something I over heard during my first year placements, another first year student saying this. This particular person had come straight from another profession into this one, so that person needed to go around with the HCA more than ever (in my opinion). This individual needed to know the routine of a ward, how to effectively care for a patient, how to do the real care side of nursing and the HCAs are absolute pros at doing this (no offence to nurses here). Anyway, small pet peeve there haha. Embrace your placement!
As I have worked as a HCA myself, I have witnessed people over the years not using slide sheets, and I have heard from my nursing friends how awful some professionals can be at this. ‘But it’s easier to just pull them up the bed with a sheet?’ NO!! No and no. It’s not. Firstly, patient safety! You will cause friction and a patient WILL end up with a pressure sore or four, resulting in harm to the patient and more work for you! It will also cause you harm; manual handling teaches us to protect our own backs.
You can always tell the patients who have had poor manual handling because their bed sheet is half way up their bed and their ankles on the mattress… that’s not ok. Get a slide sheet. We were taught a way to use the slide sheet which doesn’t even involve rolling a patient (another excuse to get rid of here). If done correctly it will just slide down the patient – head to toe. Done. 5 seconds to save you all that bother.
I know in some emergency circumstances you can’t use a slide sheet. Because a patients life is literally at risk and you don’t have time to grab one. This is the only exception (in my opinion) that you don’t have to use a slide sheet. As the patient could die by the time you reached for a slide sheet.
I HAVE and WILL report anyone I see that abuses a patient or staff. Luckily as a student nurse I’ve never witnessed such a thing. Everyone has been absolutely fantastic! But sadly, as a HCA in a couple of care homes that I have worked in, I have seen it. I won’t go into the details for confidentiality reasons. But on both occasions, I reported it. The first time I did this, it encouraged other HCAs to come forward and report this person (This person had been abusing patients for a lot longer than I thought!). People didn’t report this person as they feared them. Due to me speaking out, this encouraged others to do so. Luckily this person was fired, never to abuse another patient again.
I know sometimes it’s scary to speak up but it’s important! Don’t allow anyone to be abused by any member of staff. It’s not right.
The amount of food wasted
Wherever I have worked, over my years, I have seen so much food being wasted! During meal times, whatever has been left over, gets chucked in the bin?! Staff aren’t allowed to have any food, it’s always been the trust / managers policy. But why not? Why can’t staff have a meal if there’s enough food left? Or why can’t it be taken around to a homeless shelter and shared out? Why are wasting so much food across the U.K.? Absolutely baffles me. If you have the answer please let me know 🙂 Actually maybe I need to ask questions? Maybe this is something we can set up / arrange to happen? Gather all left overs and send them out? Wouldn’t that be lovely? In my head everything always sounds so easy to do haha! I’m sure there’s a lot more that needs to be done and assessed before doing these things. But I’d love to hear thoughts or if your place does this already? Let me know.
And that’s about it I think…. I’m quite a laid back and easy going person so most things don’t get to me luckily.
What are your pet peeves?