A day off - page 3

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Has this every happened to you? You actually have two days in a row off from work. You have no plans in particular, but have a few things to do that you've been putting off all week because you were too tired from work. You go... Read More


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    Well, caller ID and a list of well written excuses to outguilt the guilt layers who call and beg me to come in on my few days off are my answer to this dilema. Some are funny, some are serious but most are the truth.
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    I agree that we must take care of ourselves and avoid burn out. But I also see it from the other side. I am a clinical manager and it is very frustrating when you have the schedule covered and three people call in sick and there you are stuck. No matter what you do. The staff members that you call to see if they are availible give you nothing but attitude, when a polite no thank you would do. And the staff that is left to work short is unhappy because now one can come in. As far as managers not making sacrifices. Staff nurses do not realize how many 10-12 hours we already put in. The ton of paperwork we take hope because there is not enough time to do it at work. I am salaried 40 hours/week even if I work 50. What would your solution be?
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    This issue cost me my job. The guilt of picking up the phone is almost unbearable. They started to know I would say no and responses like "it's your day off you've got nothing else to do" started happening.

    Administration doesn't seem to realize that when you overwork your already overworked nurses you get nowhere. Our paed/gyne floor is almost always run by PT staff as the FT staff is on "mental sick leave". Yes, everyone is cracking up. I resigned when last year as a PT RN working FT hours and switching from night,days, evenings back and forth cost me my health. Last year I was either sick or working. Then you go into work sick because there is no else to cover you and you don't want your friends to work short.

    I had enough and have been off work since Christmas. Since then our nurse manager is on extended sick leave and working conditions are getting worse.

    Why can't they have an extended pool of casual nurses to come in? and why don't they replace FT maternity leaves and extended leaves with temp FT positions? Businesses aren't run this way so why are hopsitals?



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    One thing to keep in mind is this, we put our license on the line as it is when we work our regularly scheduled shift. So why should we have to endanger, not only ourself (i.e. possible prision sentence r/t involuntary manslaughter), but our residents as well. Yes, we do sometimes need the money, but not at the expense of causing a potentially fatal error. I dont feel I should jepordize myself or my residents any more than I have to. As a mother of three, a wife, a full time nurse, full time student etc. If I dont want to work extra I dont. You know what the best part is? It's when they use the "when vacation time rolls around you'll be a little more agreeable" tactic. I'll tell you a little story. My dad was dying from terminal CA. My plan was to leave work and go stay with him one night. Well we had a nurse Call in and no one wanted to cover the open slot. Well I let my "higher ups" tell me that she would remember this (my not wanting to work) and I stayed because I knew I would need some time later for my dad. You know what, my dad died that night and I wasn't even with him because I was exhausted from working extra. I vowed to never allow my family to falter because of staff shorteges. So really think about what is more important.
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    Originally posted by LAS:
    I agree that we must take care of ourselves and avoid burn out. But I also see it from the other side. I am a clinical manager and it is very frustrating when you have the schedule covered and three people call in sick and there you are stuck. No matter what you do. The staff members that you call to see if they are availible give you nothing but attitude, when a polite no thank you would do. And the staff that is left to work short is unhappy because now one can come in. As far as managers not making sacrifices. Staff nurses do not realize how many 10-12 hours we already put in. The ton of paperwork we take hope because there is not enough time to do it at work. I am salaried 40 hours/week even if I work 50. What would your solution be?
    As a former 2 units Med/Surg Manager all I can say is that some day you will realize that all the hours and all the work you are putting in don't mean anything to anyone.Administration is all the same, work, work, work 10-12 hour days. They don't care you are there that long, they are there just as long and it's expected. You want to be in management and that's the way the job is today. Staffing is a ***** and administration knows you'll get the job done one way or other. Its time administration actually came up with solutions to these problems instead of just talking about it or waiting for the problem to go away. Every time our hospital thought they had all the positions filled, somebody left again. It's not easy giving up a management position. Once you are in it, its difficult to step down. I have been lucky, I stayed at the same institution and I have some great friends who welcomed me with open arms. As far as staff attitude, the staff nurses are tired and sick of being asked to work extra. They have chosen to work a certain amount of time and that is all. Yes , the extra money is nice but there has to be a better solution then killing your own staff. As far as burn out, you sound burned out already. I pray for you.

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    Staffing. It is an issue in nursing in every institution. I am a DON in a LTC facility. I do not expect my staff to come in on their days off. However, I am going to call the employees and at least try. If someone does not want to come in and work, that is ok...just let me know you are not available to work. My facility is fully staffed, yet call ins are always an issue. It is a recurrent theme throughout these letters that it is management versus direct care staff. This is not true. It is an issue that deserves teamwork from both sides. If my staff call ins I do work the floor. Please remember though...jsut because I am a manager, does not mean that I do not deserve a private life also. I think that every direct care giver should be an active participant in their staff recruitment and retention meeting. Your opinions and suggestions are invaluable. Also, when you are working "short", look to your coworkers that constantly call in. It is they who put you in that situation...not management. Also, do you really believe that by not coming in, you will make management hire people? I know that in my facility I work diligently to keep the floor staffed. However, I am not a miracle worker. I cannot make people come to work. Alot of times, I hire someone and they come to general orientation and never return. Or II hire someone and they never show for orientation. It is extremely frustrating for everyone involved. I just want everyone to try to see this issue from a different standpoint. If I call someone on their day off, it is usually because I have had 4 out of 6 people call in and I can only cover so many open positions. If you cannot come in, it is ok. Just let me know that. There are alot of managers that are not very good. However, there are managers that are very good and do help. Please give them the credit they do deserve. I urge you to continue to let your answering machine pick up if you don't want to come in. I also encourage you to pick up the phone and tell your manager you cannot come in. This will alleviate a third and fourth call. Believe me, all managers hold some amount of hope that you will come in and work unless they hear you say that you cannot come in.
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    Hi krbrn2b, I am sooo sorry that happened to you, I almost started crying when I read your post. One of the most important times in my life was the time I spent w/my mother before she died of Lung Ca. I certainly hope that this doesn't happen to anyone else w/something so important. Please take time for yourselves!!! Sleep when you can, buy comfortable shoes, don't do overtime,(not unless you REALLY have to), and keep your family time to yourselves. If not you will spend all your time off thinking about work, sick or stressed about things at home that haven't been done. I rarely do O.T. They can just forget it!!!! I am one of the rare smiling nurses at work.
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    I must agree with Belinda's post. Just because I am a manager does not that I do not deliver actual patient care. What staff needs to realize that managers have other responiblities. And managers also deserve a life. I must ask Daisy, what are your solutions to staffing problems? We as nurses must stop only complaining and stop acting like victims. We must become empowered and work on solutions as a "profession."
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    As a hospital nurse who already works 12+ hour nights I have to wonder about staffing. It's like the ER pt. who says they've had this pain for 5 days. So what made it an emergency @ 3 am? Why can't shifts with known shortages be covered before I leave in the morning instead of 2 hours after I fall asleep? I'm already working 20-35 hours of OT every 2 weeks but I still get called frequently. I too have a life, although I'm sure some people would like to see the end of nurses have off hours just as truckers do.
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    I have to say thank you to Belinda. i have been writing on this board for some time now and I hear ADMINISTRATION. Well, my facility covers the shifts, but the weather is nice, I think I will call in sick, and that leaves the floor short. It is true that many people are getting burned out and do not want to hear someone asking him/her to come in for an extra shift.
    Well, we now have a system which does not count the absence if you find your own replacement. The policy in our facility is very strict about call-ins. I think that at some point we have to look at the TEAM approach. If you have a headache take something and come to work, don't call me at 7am for a headache and say you won't be in for your 3pm shift. I don't want to hear it and neither do your co-workers.
    I have taken on the mantra: If you would spend less time complaining you could get more work done. NA (I know this will not make me popular, but I am honest.


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