It's currently 9:06 pm here in the Mitten and it's still 86 degrees, on the lakeshore. Mind you, the lakeshore is generally approximately 10 degrees (or more) LESS in temperature than inland.
No biggie, but seriously hot enough to combine beer & ice cream sandwiches! Yes!
Additionally, I just finished the rough draft to a stupid paper and I am feeling very accomplished. For now.
So I am spending my summer writing papers, responding to discussion boards, and developing silly scenarios. Yeah. I rule.
My house is trashed, I haven't cleaned my bathroom in two weeks, I am washing the same pairs of scrubs, shorts, t-shirts, tanks, underwear, bra, and socks over and over again because I do not have the time (nor the desire) to catch up on laundry. Hubby, frankly, at this point, is doing well at taking care of himself (as he should, for crying out loud. Men only THINK they need a woman to do their stinky laundry). As are my adult children. And the cats (as long as their dish is filled, litter-pool scooped, and water dish at a satisfactory level).
But not the dog. Never the dawg.
The dawg needs love and attention and approval and praise and pets and open doors to venture forth toward the wilderness (of the Mitten) to pee-pee and poop-poop. I am not a dawg person, but I love that dog! She's a good girl, even with as dawg as she is! Anyway, thank gawds her and hubby have one another. I don't think the family would have made it this far (in nursing school, because, as you should know, it's a family venture, achieving passing grades in nursing school...) without the dawg-love.
In any case, I am still rambling, as I did with my ridiculous paper that researched the research on the effects of nurse to patient ratio reduction on compassion fatigue. Sadly, like so many things in our world, healthcare is a bureaucracy and it is delegated, highly, by insurance companies. Health insurance calls the shots, tossing the constraints of care at upper management who pass the buck to midlevel management who pass the buck to lower-level management that do not have education and are therefore job scared and will not go to bat for that of which is important; the patients and the well-being of those caring for the patients.
It's pathetic, really, but, believe it or not, the U.S. still has it better than most countries when it comes to healthcare, even Canada. Regardless of what is read on the internet (I've had Canadian patients vouch for this, real, live Canadians visiting the U.S. who were seeking treatment for their cough due to cold), healthcare in the U.S. is not sooo terribly bad.
I will not allow myself to begin the rant. I would LOVE to, though, and vent about my many frustrations regarding Medicaid, Medicare, and abuse of the healthcare system, of which many providers are a part of, btw, because they are tired of arguing with google degree'd patients. But I will spare potential readers of that monotony.
But I will say this... please, for the love of gawds, don't initiate an entire emergency visit for a picked at (now infected) bug bite. Just... don't. No, no, I promise, it's not
Stop picking at your bug bites and apply your Off bug spray. Just do it. And STOP googling your symptoms unless you're smart enough to do so.
And stop insisting that you "got jumped by some guys that you don't even know FOR NO REASON AT ALL. Please. Do you think we work in healthcare because we're stupid? Just tell us that you cannot, for your own safety, disclose who the hell "jumped you."
And stop yelling at us because you're not getting what you want or that you've been "waiting for over an hour." It is likely that the medical staff is busy, very busy, taking care of other patients. Seriously, it rarely happens (though it does happen, and TRUST me, nobody likes working with a fellow clinical staff member that prioritizes FB and Instagram ahead of work, seriously not KEWL) that clinical staff sit around and let patient visit minutes accumulate unnecessarily. Do you have any idea how much shit we would get from nursing leadership about this? No, don't yell at us about your wait because it is likely we are under-staffed and doing the best we can to make sure we save the patient who IS, IN FACT, dying (and doesn't realize it) and doing our best to tend to the new Hilton Hotel elite standards of healthcare. Don't yell at us, unless we are rude. That's never necessary. But if we're sweating and drawing your blood and collecting your urine, be nice. Please. It's likely we have to pee or eat, or our cat just died at home (true story) and we are waiting for the end of our 13-hour shift to deal with it.
And how many times has a post similar to this been posted on social media? Likely a BILLION.
If you want to make a change, fill out the stupid, tree-burning patient survey that accompanies your discharge instructions (some facilities do it that way still). That's what "management" will read. That's the only way to be effective, and, by the way, you'll have to be aggressive and fill out a survey daily, with the same complaint for several weeks to actually get the attention of anybody who is capable of changing a damn thing.
Oh, and did you know that in nursing school we are taught to address patients as clients. CLIENTS.
And there you have it. I ended up venting. I'm not even sure how to categorize this one.
Nothing more to say tonight than, I’m just tired. I am so tired. Work was hard and long and ridiculously busy. I have wondered often how, just HOW, are there are so many sick people in one small town!?
I also wonder what motivates patients to feel that certain ailments are worthy of an expensive healthcare visit. I don’t understand. I don’t understand the forces that drive healthcare to become what it has, especially in the U.S. (actually, I do, money, of course, and insurance companies). Additionally, I feel as though I am required to ensure that each patient has the best visit possible, like, 5-star rating quality. I understand offering compassion and advocating for patients, but really? I am not there to supply you with an endless stash of warm towels and crackers. *sigh* I am just tired.
Ugh. It’s connected to the mental health disparity, I believe. The U.S. has so many citizens who are mentally ill and are not, and will not ever be able to, receive proper treatment. It’s ugly, folks. Mental illness isn’t always about extreme cases (schizophrenia, mania, etc.), either. Depression and anxiety are enough to cripple a person, especially if they are not familiar with how to advocate for themselves OR advocate for a BETTER self.
Ugh. It’s nights like these where I am tapped out and completely empty that I turn to mindless tv, like Desperate Housewives. I have no idea why, but I can binge watch that series anytime, anywhere!