The other night I spent 7 of my 10 hour shift working in the ER due to them being so short staffed and so busy. The only dinner they got was the tray of day old sandwiches, chips and coffee I got them from the cafeteria as no one had a chance to go to the bathroom never mind get food. As I'm in the cafeteria I hear a tele nurse say something to the effect of "the ER needs to quit whining."
I so wanted to say something to defend them as I knew firsthand how busy they were. Ambulance after ambulance pulling up, multiple stabbings, chest pains, an acute MI, etc, etc. But then I got to thinking of the nights that the tele floor gets 6 admissions from the ER in an 8 hour shift and they bring them up one after another without enough time to get the first one settled in and the next one is arriving. I've been up on the tele floor helping them when this happens and overheard the ER later saying something about the tele floor nurses whining too.
And it's certainly not just the tele floor...ICU was giving the ER a hard time the last night I worked too. It's all around. Basically on every floor. No one understands what the other floors go through. The floors don't understand that the ER cannot refuse ambulances and have to find room for them when they arrive. And the ER doesn't understand that the floors have 6-9 patients apiece that includes confused, busy, rude, heavy, etc patients and their family members.
So, again I ask..........aren't we all here for the patient? And can we all not just get along?