A sign of the times - page 2
by gonzo1 1,550 Views | 14 Comments
Is it my imagination or have things gotten really bad out there for nurses. I was just made a DNR from hospital I worked at frequently with no complaints because I had a patient who repeatedly told me she was going to track me... Read More
- 3Mar 31, '10 by gonzo1Sorry friends
It means Do Not Return.
They have deemed me unworthy to pick up more per diem shifts there. Unfortunately it is a huge bunch of hospitals. Fortunately I am selling my house and moving to Dallas anyway. And for now there are still some places that like me.
Word of caution to all: yesterday at my first day of a new contract the ER director was having a staff meeting and was talking about dropping press ganey scores and she actually said, and I quote, "do anything you have too, bend over and take it in the rear, so our scores will go up"
I wonder if scores would go up if I stood in front and let upset patients throw rocks at me? I mean if it means better press ganey scores lets try it. Better to have rocks thrown at you by angry patients than by your own management.
- 0Mar 31, '10 by District46Sorry to hear this but it does seem typical. I have worked for an agency and now on the hospital bank of nurses. I work mainly in the A&E Departments. A drug error was made by six staff before it was noticed. We were following the wrong pathway for librium detox - no harm done but it has kicked off a huge investigation. As I was on the bank I have been told not to return, but the permanent staff who work there, who make same mistake are all still working and administering meds! The situation is so unfair. I have decided to leave nursing now and go back to teaching and assessing because I am so upset by this situation. I am fed up with nursing, and the way you have to watch your back every step of the way. I mean, it's not as if I have done anything really bad - I didn't steal or abuse anyone! But the investigation process makes you feel like a criminal. Also, I have seen so many mistakes made, that are covered up, but I just seem to be unlucky in that I make an error and get hung up for it. On the actual day I did report it and ask about incident forms, etc, but was told not to worry. The permanent staff nurse asked a doctor about it and was told no harm done, just carry on. It would have been fine, but the following staff made the same mistake so it has become huge!!
I just think you are too vulnerable in agency or bank nursing positions. If you make an error it is so easy to just get rid of you but if you were one of the permanent staff I feel you would be supported and helped to make necessary changes to your practice.
Hope you finally find something that you are happy in, and feel supported and safe in your job!
- 1Mar 31, '10 by ♪♫ in my ♥Quote from agencyangelIn some places, perhaps. As an at-will employee, though, it's still very easy for them to get rid of you and claim, "See, we're addressing the problem."I just think you are too vulnerable in agency or bank nursing positions. If you make an error it is so easy to just get rid of you but if you were one of the permanent staff I feel you would be supported and helped to make necessary changes to your practice.
Termination for cause can be difficult; simple termination without cause is as easy as saying, "Please don't come back... here's your check" -- no reason needed.