I don't live in a metro area, so employment options are limited for me. Our pay is much lower than in the bigger city, but unless you want to have a 1 1/2 hour commute, you just live with it since the hospitals keep the pay low. Plus our patient ratio is usually 6-7:1 (& never enough aides!). Too many to give decent care! At this point I'm about ready to jump ship altogether, I just don't know what else I'd do.
Just looking for some sign of life that I'm not the only one ready to pull out my hair....:trout:
Sep 21, '06
Quote from NitePsykoRN
Boy can I feel your frustrations. I live just outside of the metro area, work in psych...lol...can ya tell by the screen name? This whole area is based on one thing and one thing only-GREED!!!! Hospital adminstrations could care less about Colorado nurses, or ancillary personnel, all they care about is $$$$. I suppose it's everywhere, but I don't work everywhere. I have worked in the metro area and outside the metro area, it's all the same mentality--$$$$$$$$!!!!!!! I have visisted the Colorado Nurses forum on several occasions and there really hasn't been much going on, so I thought that it was just me, but I wonder if Colorado Nurses are just so beat down and oppressed they figure "what's the point?" I also wonder how many Colorado Nurses get suckered by the "administralian happy speak" that gets blown up our scrubs on a daily basis? Perhaps it's fear. Colorado is notorius for reporting problematic nurses (whistleblowers/trouble makers) to the Colorado BON and there is nothing nurses can do about it. Some will state that nurses should join the Colorado Nurses Assoc. (CNA-not the California Assoc.)/ANA--please, spare me. The CNA/ANA is a joke. If the ANA were truly interested in the welfare of the nurses of this country, we wouldn't be having these problems. The ANA is nothing more than an academic association-if one is the scholarly type, then the ANA is for you. Look at the California NA, they are an association that demands respect, they had to fight for it, but they got it. I am sure they are other NA's that have fought hard, but I usually don't have time to keep up with all of them-oh yeah, it's cause I am working my butt off. Sorry to ramble on so much, but this state is sick with greed and retalitory strikes on those that speak out. You're not alone. Hope this rambling helps you.
Boy, am I doing a dance
that you wrote and understand my feelings!! My coworkers don't feel there is anything wrong with the way things go - and all the really crappy stuff admin does, they tie to "bonus time" so of course everyone puts up with it! And if they do see a problem with the way we're treated, its, "Oh well, that's just they way it is." Like the previous post, telling me to move if I want better pay (no offense meant). I don't have that freedom, nor should I have to do that.
We did have a CNA/NNOC meeting here recently and SO FEW PEOPLE came!! I even passed out the flyers at work! AARGH! I'm so burned out, I'm considering quitting the field altogether, the only reason I don't is I don't want to losse my skills for fear something better will come along...
But, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for writing, NitePsykoRN!!!
Last edit by BeccaRN1970 on Sep 21, '06