Stop complaining about your job - It could be worse. - page 2

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Do you know of any complainers? Are they constantly nagging at you about how bad they have it at "their job"? Is there something you would like to say to these people? Please share your stories below... Click Like if... Read More


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    This is one of the tactics employers use to silence complaints and to discourage unionizing. They've been hiring a lot on my floor and using the extra staffing essentially as pool nurses with more frequent than usual pulls to other units....without having to pay the nurses at the much-higher pool rate. We recently had large layoffs and our floor wasn't affected and we were told to stop whining about getting pulled now. So the company gets cheap and scared-to-rock-the-boat labor and we know that just because we didn't have layoff this cut, doesn't mean we are at all safe from the next one.

    I am grateful to have a job and to have a fair amount of comfort and stability in this economy. I'm even more grateful to have a job doing the kind of nursing I LIKE to do. But that doesn't mean I'm required to turn a blind eye to poor working conditions or questionable labor practices (many of the layoffs were longer-term employees this round at the higher end of the pay grade, folks who had chronic medical issues, mid-level managers who had developed a reputation for advocating for staff, etc).

    So, "Stop Complaining About Your Job - It Could Be Worse"? That is some anti-labor, anti-nurse male cow poop for sure. Thumbs down and Dislike.
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    In my nursing career, I have been through trials and tribulations as no doubt many of us have. I do think that attitude plays a huge part in how we approach our jobs and how we respond to the environment. Our maturity level is equally impactful. I am grateful for having a job, but at the same time I don't believe for one minute I should roll over and play dead when the rolling gets tough.
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    Everything's relative. Sure, it can always be worse (for anyone in any situation). That doesn't mean that people's feelings about their current situation are invalid.

    On the other hand... If you are a big whiny baby about the normal minutiae of life, that can get a little annoying.

    What am I trying to say? There's a balance. Good to find it.
    Last edit by Sadala on Mar 17, '13 : Reason: too add more, of course
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    I agree that everyone is replaceable however, it doesn't mean employers will get a competent nurse to fill a spot. I've gone to work for some facilities that were filled with "warm bodies". Sometimes employers do suffer when we quit.
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    You just have to make sure you complain/vent to the right people. My husband & my mom are understanding, but that's about it. Anyone else would tell me be glad I have a job. And I am thankful to have a job, because just a few short months ago I was let go from my 1st nursing job.
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    Quote from Sadala
    Everything's relative. Sure, it can always be worse (for anyone in any situation). That doesn't mean that people's feelings about their current situation are invalid.

    On the other hand... If you are a big whiny baby about the normal minutiae of life, that can get a little annoying.

    What am I trying to say? There's a balance. Good to find it.
    ^Agree.
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    I'm getting a little tired of the "this economy" thing too. Corporate profits and Wall Street are doing very well, it just isn't trickling down to the worker though. The fat cats are sitting on their money waiting for....I don't know what. Makes me sick.
    jtmarcy12, BrandonLPN, and okiki.ola like this.
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    I watched this and thought it was very good. Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare
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    I don't feel it's an attitude thing with the scene I work within. I hardly get a chance to educate with all the changing orders relative to md's rounding times and all the intervention tests - when patients have to leave unit and all the pre procedure orders there within. OK ... stop... the bottom line is that I feel that I, my team and my doctors and their assistants have way too many patients to handle to answer to the upper management gameplan to keep our patients safe and within our scope of practice. You know what? This practice is in direct contradiction to what we teach to our patients. Too much stress on our healthcare team to live up to the profit making machine of upper management's war with the insurance companies!
    gswifty likes this.
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    It's time we take care our our patients as well as ourselves. I read so much about fear about this basic tenet.


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