Anyone have mandatory staff meetings on a regular basis? What do you discuss?
We have monthly meetings that are mandatory (miss more than two a year and they take away your vacation days, I kid you not!). They usually run about two hours in length and we discuss such critcal topics as the budget, new policies that managment is implementing, and occasionally, we have an inservice such as the one last month on how to use the new oral thermometer (step one: put probe under tongue, step two: remove when thermometer beeps. You can't make this stuff up).
Now, we all have to come in on days off for these meetings as we can't afford to spare people from the dept. A bunch of us are fed up with these wastes of our time and so we have decided to lobby top either get rid of them or at least change them.
I'd like to see us do something educational and that relates to practice. The last director we had used them to do case review where we'd go over a case and discuss what was done well, things that could be improved and even sometimes the physiology and pathology behind the disease/injury. Sometimes we'd even have an interesting or "rare" condition and we'd have a little training on how to treat it if we ever ran across it again. We had some of the best nurses I've ever worked with then and I ahve to think that this played a part.
I'd also like to see us go over new equipment that might not be so straight forward (unlike the thermometer). We recently got new Level 1 infuser/warmers and had no inservice on them. I learned how to use it when I was setting it up for a trauma and realized that we'd replaced the old ones! We didn't even get a memo that the old ones were gone and new ones were here, much less how to use it!
So, now that I've vented (I appologize for the long post!), does anyone else have these kinds of meetings? What do you discuss?