I’ll never understand the “new girl” at work. I guess I’m using the term girl loosely. She’s older than my mother. She’s worked 20 years at PCMH and some odd years with UHS’ satellite labs. And she’s slow as fuck. It doesn’t help that PCMH departmentalizes you. Meaning you work one area and one area only. Forever. I personally couldn’t do that. I’ve had days in hemo where if I saw one more urine, JUST ONE MORE URINE. I’d flip my shit.
Fridays at work normally suck shit. We usually are working with reduced staff and the workload hasn’t changed (just because MD offices close early doesn’t mean people don’t come to the hospital.) Today we three tech working 2nd. Joy of joys. One for eahc department. Awesome. One was the “newbie”. Eh, whatever. It was actually pretty slow until about 1800. So I wasn’t having to play clean-up crew behind her.
After 1800 we got a fluid, but nothing stat. Just pleural fluid (it’s that time of the year for colds, respiratory infections and pneumonia - so more pleural fluids.) I figured I’d divide it up for her (usually the hemo tech recieves and divides the fluids) because it’ll take her an hour just to recieve everything. I give her a lavendar tube for the cell count and I go do my pH.
It takes me about 15 minutes to do the pH. Mostly because the damn thing didn’t want to standardize (Lab tech repair: turn it off and turn it back on. Working perfectly.) She hasn’t started it or anything yet. Whatever. I do my work. Receive things and all that fun stuff. I look at my pending and see that damn fluid is an hour old.
Okay, it’s not stat. …but we try to have even the routine stuff done with an hour TAT. I have NOTHING on my pending and no mirco to setup. I wander over to hemo and ask what I can help her with. Read those urines? Sure no problem. Some of those urines were two hours old. Really? Gah whatever. Let’s get this shit done. I bust a move and get her caught up and get 2/3’s of her QC done. Still not done with the damn fluid.
A little while later and I look at her stuff. A stat CBC in the ED that’s over an hour old. Jesus Christ. And that fluid still isn’t done. I do the diff for that CBC and keep receiving stuff. 3rd shift is starting to come in and I basically tell her to just worry about the fluid diff and then go home. It only took her three and half hours to get that fluid finished. Jesus.
It kills me. I can help her in her department and nothing gets done any quicker. It’s an uphill battle. No matter what you do, she rolls right to the bottom. I can’t stand to work with her. This is 2nd shift. You have to keep moving or you will fall behind.