"That's a bad attitude," My RN friend said.
"I'm just being honest."
That's exactly why we RTs go about our work, keep our mouths shut, and grumble and gripe to ourselves when we get tired of being called every five minutes for another treatment for some stupid reason.
This time, the patient had swollen ankles, diminished lung sounds coupled with a throat squeak indicative of CHF. Oh, and he also had a cardiac history.
I thought for a second about educating her on why I thought a treatment wasn't indicated, but decided better. It's easier just to keep my mouth shut, and let her think I'm just being grumpy.
One of my co-workers told me he told a nurse the other day a patient didn't need a breathing treatment, and the nuse said, "You're just trying to get out of work."
In other words, we RTs are lazy. We just want to sit in our RT Cave without being bothered.
So, basically, when we are called because a patient is SOB, or has some annoying lung sound, we have no choice but to give a treatment, whether it's indicated or not.
Mind you, it's no big deal sticking a pipe in some one's mouth, it's just the principle of the matter that counts.
It should speak highly of us RTs that more often than not we simply give the breathing treatment just to keep the nurse happy; to keep the peace. At least that's how I usually work.
For me, secondary to taking care of the patient, there's nothing more important than maintaining a good rapport with the nurses.
This brings us to RT Cave Rule #24:
RT Cave Rule #24: It's better to just keep your mouth shut and give the breathing treatment, than to risk being told that you are lazy and just trying to get out of work.
That, my friends, is the thought of the day