Discussion in 'Free Range' started by CoolWife, Mar 12, 2014.
Forever salty this isn't a marshmallow dispenser.
[Insert rant here. Too tired. Something something doctors and too many patients.]
The whole hospital is in crisis mode because we're dangerously understaffed. This wave of covid is more of a tsunami, and staff are falling by the dozen.
Incident Command sent us someone to help at the desk so that our clinical assistant can help on the floor. It took about 20min to orient her. She was working for about 5min when they called her back to IC BECAUSE THEY WANTED HER TO ORDER LUNCH FOR THEM.
School starts next week. I’m taking bets on how long we go before we shut down because of a positive Covid test. My coworker thinks it’ll happen within the first week. This year is going to be a shit show but at least I only have to focus on one subject! My district is stupid about enrollment so for the first 15 days, all 3 math teachers are teaching 6 periods instead of 5 which is 120%. We’ll see what happens after that. Even though it means I wouldn’t have a prep, I wouldn’t mind doing it all year because we need the money for the move. The veteran teacher thinks we’ll need one 120% but he already said he’d do it which is fine but there might be a need for a second one.
Maybe it's just the sheer number of patients at work anymore, but it feels like we've had some really terrible parents lately.
Before anyone clutches their pearls, I'm talking about the kind of parents who refuse to comply when LITERAL BRAIN DAMAGE is a real risk for their baby.
So the district sent out a flow chart today regarding covid quarantines and basically we’re never going to quarantine. If someone tests positive and they came into contact with vaccinated people then nothing happens. I have mixed feelings. On one hand, I don’t want to work from home but on the other hand, it doesn’t seem safe to not quarantine when there’s a positive test. Our rooms are going to be pretty crowded because of course the district went back on what they said about class size staying small. I might have 34 students in each period. My desks aren’t even spaced out more than a foot and half. If we had 15 students in the room I could see not needing to quarantine. Ugh.
My unit finally got some traveler nurses approved. I damn near cried when the manager announced it. Today's the worst so far in terms of staffing. Every single nurse from OBED on forward is out of ratio.
I'm sure I've said this before. It's so surreal to be sitting inside waiting for the dad to bring the car when, less than 20ft away, a whole family is mourning outside. Mom is happy and talking about going home to the eager other child(ren) while I'm watching the other family sobbing into each other.
I’m sorry Lh.
School started Thursday and of course the first day was a shit show but we all knew that would happen so it wasn’t a surprise. Overall, it was fine but the kids were confused about where to go and the school has a 1st lunch and 2nd lunch which was confusing but it got figured out. Teachers gave their 1st period a tour of the school since none of the kids had been on campus before (recap- my district does 7th and 8th only for MS and since we did distance learning all last year, this year’s 8th graders are just as new to the campus as the 7th graders). Right now I have 6 periods and no prep so the only break I had was lunch at 12:17. That will change soon because I’ll be getting my prep period back. It’s making the days go by fast though! I love having different groups of kids throughout the day.
I realized Friday that I’m totally at ease at this school and I think it’s because everyone is on it and supportive. We’re treated like professionals. In elementary, I felt like we were treated like idiots. I told Ryan that this is the first time I’ve come home from school and not complained about something. Even with the professional development and staff meetings we had last week, there was nothing that made me annoyed or angry. They totally respected our time and made sure the meetings were cut short so we could work in our rooms. Even with one student in my 4th period who should not be mainstreamed, I’m not complaining. The specialists are on top of it and we’re all going to do everything we can to make sure this kid gets in the class he needs to be in. It’ll get worked out. I love this school so much that I told Ryan I want to stay one more school year instead of moving to Washington next summer so we’re going to hold off on the move.
Rooster at work. He's on Zoom, and one of the other participants is waving a lit sage stick around his immediate area. The best part is that P knows him and can't confirm if it's because of the meeting or because the daily/weekly ritual time happened to coincide with the meeting time.
When ya gotta sage, ya gotta sage.
Both options are kind of hilarious
Well it finally happened. Someone at school tested positive. 1/3 of the kids were sent home today. I only know what happened because one of the other math teachers knows and is involved in everything at school and he told me. Staff still have not received an email regarding it. That makes me a little angry because some of my students were sent home which means I was also exposed. I keep my mask on except at lunch when no-one is in the room and I think that should be ok (back door to outside is open, windows open and giant air purifier on) but I’m due for a booster in 2 months so I’m a little concerned about the efficacy of my vaccine currently. I have no idea when all the students will be back. This year is going to be a shit show unfortunately.
Ugh I’m sorry
That sucks. I’m sorry.
Yeah. I feel bad for the kids because their education is going to be so spotty but there’s nothing I can do. CA mandated all teachers be vaccinated and I wish they had done that for age 12+ students also. The TDAP is already a requirement going into 7th grade and they can’t come to school until they get it so just add on the covid vaccine to that requirement. I know some can’t get vaccines for medical reasons but if all the other kids got it, we wouldn’t have 1/3 of the student body quarantined at home.
A friend of mine is a school nurse here and she was like, “Look, when we completely shut down again by November, we’ll be able to shrug our shoulders and say we tried.”
I just finished my first job fair/presentation for a hospital in the Bay Area. I'm so excited and scared to start job hunting again. Hopefully it doesn't take 90+ applications this time around.
Good luck Lh!! Any hospital would be lucky to have you.
Today was an epic shitshow of a day at work.
> Before my shift started, the elevators for my building apparently went down for a minute. I didn't know because I use a different entrance. It was chaotic.
> It was surprise fire drill day!!! Note, I've been here for only 2 years, and this is my 4th surprise fire drill day. They have them twice a year. Yeah. It lasted for THIRTY MINUTES.
> I had the easiest assignment on the floor and STILL had to skip lunch. If my coworkers didn't have nursing students with them today, I have no idea how they would have coped with the insane workload.
> We started the day with a completely full floor and discharged about half of the patients. Night shift still started with a full floor. L&D is still 75% full.