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Please respond to this on this thread so we can all learn about each others situation Questions 1)RN, LPN, or CNA? 2)Years as a nurse? 3)Area (i.e. U.S. NE, N central, NW, Se, S central, south... Read More

  1. by   -jt
    Originally posted by buck227:
    Please respond to this on this thread so we can all learn about each others situation

    Questions
    1)RN, LPN, or CNA?
    2)Years as a nurse?
    3)Area (i.e. U.S. NE, N central, NW, Se, S central, south west, Arkansas, or other country or location)
    4) Are you satisfied with your pay?
    5)with your benefits?
    6)your hours?
    7)Do you believe your supervisor is competent at his or her job?
    8)Do you trust your employer?
    9)Does your institution have a nursing education Dept, or has it been cut recently?
    10)Do you enjoy being a nurse?
    11)Does your employer have mandatory overtime?
    12)How often do you get a break at work?
    13)Do you work Days, nights, or rotate?
    14) How many Holidays did you spend with your family or signifigant other over the last year?
    15)Are you for or against the idea of a nurses union in your area?
    16)If you were in a union, would you be willing to strike,picket,or have a work slow down?
    17)any other comments

    1. RN
    2. 18 yrs
    3. NE
    4. satisfactory pay - yes
    5. benefits/pensions - very good but always room for improvement
    6. 12 hr day shift - 37.5/wk
    7. competent supervisor - yes
    8. trust employer??? hell no! thats why we have our hand in everything affecting nursing - by way of committee seats.
    9. nursing ed dept - yes; cut - 4 yrs ago - we got the CEO responsible for that fired & we rebuilt it back up.
    10.enjoy it - most of the time
    11. mandatory ot - not anymore (contract language works wonders!)
    12. breaks - 15 min in morning, 1 hr lunch and another 15 min in afternoon
    13. shift - days only - not even cops in NY have to do rotating shifts anymore
    14. 8 holidays & 4 personal days - I choose to work most holidays - its usually a quieter day. I work only 3 days a week, get 5 weeks vacation - I can deal with working nice quiet holidays once in a while. I take off July 1st as a holiday every year. ; )
    15. unionize! unionize! unionize! we'd be dead without our union.
    16. we picket during labor difficulties to inform the community when necessary, & we strike when we are forced to by the hospital. ( in 18 yrs at mine, we came close twice -taking the vote but never had to have the strike at all - the vote alone got the hospital back to negotiating fairly). We do not do work slow-downs.
    That is illegal.
  2. by   Chris-FNP
    1) NP
    2) 2
    3) Northeast
    4) No
    5) No
    6) Yes
    7) Yes
    8) Yes
    9) No education department
    10) Yes
    11) No
    12) Usually, I only get a lunch break
    13) Days and on call every 4th week
    14) All holidays
    15) I don't like unions
    16) I don't like unions, so no
    17) I love my job
  3. by   ubcnme
    1. RN for 2 years, LPN 1 year, CNA 1 year
    2. 2 years
    3. Midwest
    4. No way!
    5. Yes, for the most part.
    6. Most definitely. Monday-Friday with holidays and weekends off.
    7. yes, the current one. The old one was a big "L".
    8. No, currently "redesigning".
    9. No, never did to my knowledge. Work for a county health agency and you know how the government operates.
    10. I wouldn't do anything else, BUT nurse!
    11. No.
    12. Every day, 1 hour for lunch.
    13. Days.
    14. I spent all of my holidays with my family this last year; first time in 3 years.
    15. I walk the line for unions. Since I'm not a bedside nurse at the current time, hard to say. When I did work the hospitals, I thought we needed to have unions to barter for our pay/benefits but then you have to strike when they say strike; makes it financially difficult on your family not to mention our patients.
    16. slow down maybe
    17. This is a very interesting topic and would love to see the results.
  4. by   nursestuffy
    1. RN
    2. 1 1/2 years
    3. South (LA)
    4. It's ok...could always be better
    5. none- i am prn
    6. I hate my hours...straight nights
    7. Not one bit...clueless most of the time!
    8. no
    9. yes
    10. most of the time
    11. for full timers, yes...but i work as little or as much as wanted/needed.
    12. Break? what's a break?
    13. nights only
    14. two
    15. not sure...would have to get more info before I make a decision.
    16. probably not
    17. I have done med/surg for over a year and I am tired of it. I want to move into L&D or an office/clinic and just started job searching.
  5. by   theboss
    Originally posted by buck227:
    Please respond to this on this thread so we can all learn about each others situation

    Questions
    1)RN, LPN, or CNA?
    2)Years as a nurse?
    3)Area (i.e. U.S. NE, N central, NW, Se, S central, south west, Arkansas, or other country or location)
    4) Are you satisfied with your pay?
    5)with your benefits?
    6)your hours?
    7)Do you believe your supervisor is competent at his or her job?
    8)Do you trust your employer?
    9)Does your institution have a nursing education Dept, or has it been cut recently?
    10)Do you enjoy being a nurse?
    11)Does your employer have mandatory overtime?
    12)How often do you get a break at work?
    13)Do you work Days, nights, or rotate?
    14) How many Holidays did you spend with your family or signifigant other over the last year?
    15)Are you for or against the idea of a nurses union in your area?
    16)If you were in a union, would you be willing to strike,picket,or have a work slow down?
    17)any other comments

    Please respond on this thread. I think it is important for us to understand each others work situation as nurses and to get a feel for what is going on in other areas of the country and world. Thanks to all for your time,

    buck
    HEY BUCK KEEP IT GOING !!!
    1.LPN
    2.6.5 YEARS
    3.OKLAHOMA
    4.NO I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A LITTLE MORE.
    5.NO
    6.12 HOUR SHIFTS FINE WITH ME...
    7.YES HE IS A GOOD RN AND A GOOD MANAGER
    8.NO
    9.YES, ALL NURSES GIVEN THE OPORTUNITY TO KEEP LEARNING
    10.YES I LOVE IT.
    11.YES BUT WE ARE ABLE TO WORK IT OUT AMONGST EACH OTHER
    12.IN THE ER IT IS EITHER FEAST OR FAMINE SO TAKE IT WHEN WE CAN
    13.6P TO 6A AT ONE JOB 3-11 AT THE OTHER LIKE 12,S BETTER
    14.XMAS AND THANKSGIVING NOT BAD SINCE I DONT START WORK UNTIL 6P,UNLESS I VOLENTEER TO WORK AT 2ND JOB.
    15.YES AND NO WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE??
    16.YES IF I FELT IT WAS NEEDED WITH NO OTHER OPTION..
    17.THIS WOULD BE A TOUGH DECISION TO MAKE.BUT IF I FELT IT WOULD BENNEFIT OUR AREA I WOULD JOIN THE CAUSE....
  6. by   woodyRN
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by buck227:
    [B]Please respond to this on this thread so we can all learn about each others situation

    Questions
    1)RN, LPN, or CNA? =RN
    2)Years as a nurse? =13
    3)Area = SE
    4) Are you satisfied with your pay? No
    5)with your benefits? definitely NOT
    6)your hours? 12 hr days OK
    7)Do you believe your supervisor is competent at his or her job? NO
    8)Do you trust your employer? NO
    9)Does your institution have a nursing education Dept, or has it been cut recently? has been cut- but exists.
    10)Do you enjoy being a nurse? I used to, but it is harder every year.
    11)Does your employer have mandatory overtime? no
    12)How often do you get a break at work? I got a 20 minute lunch at 15:30 Sunday, pretty typical. don't get a lot of breaks, and never a real lunch.
    13)Do you work Days, nights, or rotate? days, but choose to work some nights for the slightly less frenetic pace.
    14) How many Holidays did you spend with your family or signifigant other over the last year? got to spend Christmas driving since I had to work christmas eve. Required to work the other holidays.
    15)Are you for or against the idea of a nurses union in your area? =For
    16)If you were in a union, would you be willing to strike,picket,or have a work slow down? It would all depend on the circumstances and the manner it was done, but in a word, yes.
    17)any other comments

    Great topic, but a bit hard to read-

    [This message has been edited by woodyRN (edited March 27, 2001).]
  7. by   buck227
    17.What exactly are you going to do with this information?[/B][/QUOTE]

    I am doing this purely out of curiosity and to bring us more together as a group. I want to identify problems in nursing so that they can be addressed and these are questions I have always wondered about nurses in other areas. I have always had a hunch that the problems in nursing are the same problems everywhere. I am hoping to prove/disprove my hunch.

  8. by   buck227
    [ We do not do work slow-downs.
    That is illegal.[/B][/QUOTE]

    By slow downs I mean intentionally staying late to finish paperwork or prolonging report. Anything to increase the cost to the company. It is a dirty trick, but it hits them in the pocket book. I would never suggest any tactic that would harm a patient. I believe that the patient always deserves your best efforts regardless of how you feel about your employer. It is the patient we are truely serving, not the company. At the end of everyday you should reflect on what you did to make someones life better. :-)

    buck

  9. by   RNPD
    1) RN
    2) 13
    3) Northeast US
    4) yes
    5) per diem-no bennies
    6) Yes, except when mandated
    7) Not at all and unfortunately have met very few competent supervisors. One comes to mind however, and she is outstanding.
    8) Not at all
    9) Yes, and the dept. is one of the better ones of all the places where I've worked
    10)Most times
    11)YES
    12)I take an AM break for breakfast (15min) and an aftenoon break for lunch (usually 1/2 hour, but I will cut it short if I am VERY busy). I rather take a break and stay late than work without.
    13) days
    14) all of them, I am not required to work holidays by my agency
    15)definitely for
    16)I have gone on strike and would do so again. BTW-no one strikes EXCEPT as a LAST RESORT. And if the nurses need to consider a strike as a last resort, you can bet the patients are ALREADY suffering
    17)This is a good topic for a post-I'll be interested in reading your tallies.
  10. by   NurseMark
    Originally posted by buck227:
    Please respond to this on this thread so we can all learn about each others situation

    Questions
    1)RN, LPN, or CNA?
    2)Years as a nurse?
    3)Area (i.e. U.S. NE, N central, NW, Se, S central, south west, Arkansas, or other country or location)
    4) Are you satisfied with your pay?
    5)with your benefits?
    6)your hours?
    7)Do you believe your supervisor is competent at his or her job?
    8)Do you trust your employer?
    9)Does your institution have a nursing education Dept, or has it been cut recently?
    10)Do you enjoy being a nurse?
    11)Does your employer have mandatory overtime?
    12)How often do you get a break at work?
    13)Do you work Days, nights, or rotate?
    14) How many Holidays did you spend with your family or signifigant other over the last year?
    15)Are you for or against the idea of a nurses union in your area?
    16)If you were in a union, would you be willing to strike,picket,or have a work slow down?
    17)any other comments

    Please respond on this thread. I think it is important for us to understand each others work situation as nurses and to get a feel for what is going on in other areas of the country and world. Thanks to all for your time,

    buck
    1.LPN
    2. 4
    3. Southwest
    4. No
    5. Benefits are substandard
    6. Like the hours - only 3 12 hour shifts a week are great!
    7. My supervisors are morons.
    8. No - about as far as I can throw an elephant.
    9. My institution has an excellent nursing education department.
    10. Sometimes.
    11. Yes.
    12. Maybe once every 3 workdays - for approx. 15 min.
    13. Nights
    14. One - I was scheduled evry Holiday except Christmas - but I had to work 7P-7A on X-mas Eve.
    15. Pro union baby!!!
    16. Strike!!! The only way to make your point is by the absence of the most critical element in the hospital - the nursing staff!!! Besides, if you're not there, supervisors are REQUIRED to work - let them feel what it's like. Also, hospitals pay big bucks for strikebreakers, but can't pay like that forever. Healthcare is business people... forget that "oh, I don't want the patients to be without care crap"! If you want something, its all or nothing, not meeting the employer "in between" with a work slowdown.
    17. Good questions Buck. Now what are your answers?

  11. by   laurasc
    1)RN

    2)16 years this June

    3)Area:
    Ontario, Canada

    4) satisfied with pay?
    NO!

    5)with your benefits?
    What benefits?

    6)your hours?
    YES! Monday to Friday, 9AM to 1PM

    7)supervisor competent?
    Don't have a nursing supervisor. My boss is the doctor.

    8)Do you trust your employer?
    YES

    9)nursing education Dept?
    NO, I work in an office

    10)Do you enjoy being a nurse?
    YES, now I do. But I found myself learning to really hate nursing by the time I left the hospital.

    11)Does your employer have mandatory overtime?
    NOPE

    12)How often do you get a break at work?
    I only work 4 hours/day mostly, so I don't bother with a break.

    13)Do you work Days, nights, or rotate?
    DAYS

    14) Holidays?
    ALL OF THEM OFF

    15)Are you for or against the idea of a nurses union in your area?
    Not for me now, but nursing unions are common here in Canada and I have been a part of a union in the past.

    16)If you were in a union, would you be willing to strike,picket,or have a work slow down?
    YES.

    17)any other comments?
    I gave up on the hospital years and years ago. I will not go back. Nursing is in as much trouble here as it is in the US but for slightly different reasons. I'm really happy to be working in a doctor's office.

    Laura



    [This message has been edited by laurasc (edited March 28, 2001).]
  12. by   Nurse POC
    1. RN
    2. 6 RN, 5 LPN
    3. Mid South ( Memphis )
    4. Basically, no, because I make at or above
    most other nurses in my area.
    5. For the most part. Wish my retirement
    benifits were better, tho.
    6. The hours are fine, but I am not
    satisfied with my shiff.
    7. For the most part.
    8. Only if what I need to trust them about
    is in writing
    9. I just started this job 2 months ago.
    So far, the education dept. seems adequate, but a lot of time and money is wasted on so called "orientation" and me having to take a manditory " critical care orientation" class when I've worked critical care for years ( I even corrected the instructors on a few things). Nursing education needs to be more tailored for the idividual nurse instead of grouping into a category.

    10. When I'm allowed to do what I know how to do, I love it. When I'm made to waste knowledge and experience, I get very frustrated and discouraged.

    11. No. In fact, all overtime must be approved in advance. Altho this isnt a problem, and I can get all the overtime I would want.

    12. Rarely get the "30 minute lunch break", but I really cant complain about breaks. I smoke, and can usually get away at least a couple times during the shift for a quick smoke. It varies tho.. sometimes all I get is maybe 1 or 2 quick 3-5 minute smoke breaks.. but some nights, it isnt a problem.

    13. 12 hour night shift. I LOVE the 12 hour shifts, and I used to love nights, but I'm having problems working nights anymore.. with family, feeling tired all the time, etc, I'm really wanting to get a day time shift.

    14. Not many. But we've learned over the years that we can have a holiday on an alternate day. My daughter is 16, and I've spent maybe 3 or 4 Christmas days with her over the years. But as with any child of a shift worker, she works with us and we have the holiday dinner, presents, etc. on another day.

    15. FOR. Nursing, as a whole, has PROVEN we cant speak up or stand up for our rights for ourselves as a group. We need a union so we can be recognized as a group and be reconned with as a group thru a representative.

    16. Unsure. Depends on the circumstances. It would have to be a VERY worthwhile and serious issue before I would even entertain the idea. I'm not sure how comfortable I would be putting patient care, or the patients themselves in jeopardy by a strike or walk out. There has to be a better way to negotiate than striking or a work slow down or a sick-out. The patient suffers... and that goes against my moral and ethical grain. I would not be able to sleep at night knowing that a patient received sub-standard care due to a strike.

    17. There is no easy answer to the problems of nursing today. Think about this.. Physicians do not have the woes and troubles that nursing seems to be plagued with. Know why??? THEY STICK TOGETHER!! They do not demean, down, criticize, or belittle their fellow MD's.... not in public anyway. Nursing is notorious for " eating our young". When's the last time, during report, the other nurse said something NICE about another nurse??? But no, what we hear is " you wont believe what that dumbass did today".. or" Guess what she did ??"... This is horrible!!! We have enough people down on nursing as it is, and we sure dont need it from our OWN!!! How truly low and horrible can it get.. for one of our OWN to be down on us??? please Please PLEASE..... lets all stick together and start being the professionals that we truely are. And next time you give report, or see a fellow nurse in the breakroom, or are helping another nurse, COMPLIMENT THEM!!! Tell a fellow nurse what a great job he/she is doing. Even if it is just a tiny something.... it would make you feel good for someone to tell you what a good job you did... so share the wealth and lets start acting as a TEAM.
  13. by   PICCONE
    1.RN
    2.24
    3.Chgo Illinois
    4.yes if I never had to pay taxes
    5.Yes , with new administration finally got a 401K plan
    6.Yes, Always worked straight days
    7.Yes
    8.No, anyone in Nursing could never say yes to this question
    9.yes fairly ok
    10.Yes I still love Nursing
    11.No,but they beg a lot
    12.15 min AM & PM + 30min lunch on a good day
    13.Straight days unless it's vacation time and they might ASK if we will cover another shift 1-2 days
    14.Usually every other unless I offer to work more for the extra pay.
    15 Divided, would need more specific info
    16.Yes
    17.I want to know what has happened to the quality of nursing schools in the past 15 years? Hard to find a new grad that I don't feel I'm reteaching basic nursing school to.

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