Monday, September 14, 2009

The Nurse...take one.


Today was, um interesting. Our nurse was late (annoying to me cause Kendall doesn't wake up until 9 and I wanted to go back to sleep.) After she arrived, she visited with us for a while. She has a healthy granddaughter Kendall's age, so I got to listen to that for most of the day (sigh) in-between her soap-watching of course.


She was fine. I mean, I guess. I'm new at this. She was really kind and easy to get along with. She drove for 70 miles from her home to get here, so I doubt this will be a permanent assignment for her anyway. That part is frustrating because why did I spend the day trying to educate her on the way we do things with Kendall if she won't be back? I don't have time for that.


Tomorrow we have Ossie. According to the nurse today, he's eye candy. Sounds good to me. If that doesn't work, then I have one other option for someone I already know, and if that doesn't work out...I'm finished trying. This is exhausting. It sounded like a good idea....now I'm not so sure.


Any of you have advice on the tell tale signs of finding the "right" fit? This is worse than swimsuit shopping.


8 comments:

Val said...

Not like shopping around for windows is ANYthing like shopping for a nurse, but we have gotten quotes for new windows in our house. one was $34,000, one was $15,000 and the other was $9,000. That is such a big difference, we are getting another quote. 3 different nurses is a good selection, perhaps you can decide on one nurse now, and keep your options open to search again in a few months. I don't have any real world experience suggestions for you, but don't give up! Let me know if you want help ordering/installing the "nanny cam" HA!

Kristine said...

Wow, I hope you're kidding about the "soaps"!! I think I would have lost it.

I'd give an honest and thorough evaluation back to the company and just keep plugging away at trials. I think you'll know pretty quickly when someone "clicks".

Janis said...

Since we lost one last week I feel fully qualified to share my expertise on what not to do. The bottom line would be to go with your gut & hire them like you would hire any EMPLOYEE. If you don't want the TV on Soaps all day speak now or forever hold your peace. Make a list of expectations and above all make sure Kendall gets the care she deserves. It may seem like a bad idea now that you are doing it but when you can get a break you will be glad you made it thru this part. Just a heads up...some nurses are chronically late, someone driving over 70 miles WILL be late regularly, I would pass on Gramma ;0)

Reagan Leigh said...

OK, here's my two cents. Kick her to the curb while it's still easy to do so. I've put up with two employees (they were not "nurses" but attendants) that were less than acceptable and both started off fine. If she's late on the first day, she's going to be late time and time again. 70 miles is just WAY too far to drive. And watching TV instead of Kendall, well it will continue and only get worse and worse! Find someone else! Seriously. This lady is only going to cause you grief! There are good people out there (or so I've heard)...just keep looking til you find the right fit with your family!!!

Anonymous said...

Jocie, what is this "eye candy" all about. If that is what Ozzie is I may not want to be there with him in the morning. Could he be a girl? that would be better for me. At any rate you need to keep looking for the right person for Kendall and not deceide before you find the one who fits. Take the advice from all your friend on this site, they seem to konw what they are talking about. Love Big Ed

Cjengo said...

I guess I feel like we shop different people throughout this entire journey from therapists, to doctors, to nurses, and more. Some we decide to keep, and some we move on from. The entire situation is exhausting for sure, yours so much more. Sometimes I am not sure how we all don't come unwound, and more three times over. I hope you find a good nurse!!!

A Journey for Joshua said...

...Good advice!
God gave us mothers instincts for a good reason. Being late on the first day is unacceptable. The worst experience I had with a nurse began the same way. Her third day of being late she asked me if I was wondering if she was coming. The same nurse had the nerve to ask me if I had anything other than tea to drink because she didn't like the way my water tastes. I could go on and on... I wish I had the foresight to send her on her way sooner. I've got a great one now, though. I trust her, she's attentive and she respects my house and how we feel it is to be run. Good luck, a great fit is possible, don't give up too soon!

therextras said...

There are several agencies here that specialize in home nursing care for children. A different effort might be asking your MD to fax orders to a different agency and then getting the insurance to authorize. Still an effort, but different. Sympathy.

Barbara