PARAMEDIC VS HOME HEALTHCARE NURSE

PARAMEDIC VS HOME HEALTHCARE NURSE

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  1. As a home care RN, I have had paramedics attempt to refuse to take patients in who were actively having a stroke, in acute respiratory failure, a well as having acute cardiac problems. Every example where I have had to vehemently argue with EMS to take a patient, not only resulted in them taking the patient (finally) but all of those patients had five day plus acute care stays thereafter…..because they were very sick… that is why 911 was called. I have had paramedics ask me if I am the housekeeper (with a giant "RN" on my name badge), I have had them say, "So, you're just a nurse, right?" When EMS arrives, I am prepared, informative and friendly, and I let them do their job. IME, it is typically less experienced personnel that tend to not want to be team players, but not always. As an RN for nearly 20 years with both acute care and home care experience, professional courtesy should be extended in all directions, this nonsense just perpetuates the problems we can have with one another. 

  2. Holy cow…I think this is a satirical portrayal of some encounters. Now, while I'm sure you've had your share of medics not wanting to transport for you, you surely must be aware of the deplorable staff at many nursing homes. The "he just coded and we've been doing compressions" but rigor had already set in…..the empty nebulizer on a PE pt that isn't even plugged in….then there is the "I don't know, he's not my pt" or " I just started today" BS because they just want to lighten their load.

  3. Had one "nurse" call 911 on a patient she was just talking to '10 minutes ago' who was a stage 4 CA Pt. with dependent lividity and early rigor, asystole in all leads, and core temp <90F, What's wrong with this picture?

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