An admin vent of sorts - page 3

I feel so stressed right now. Have to go back to work tomorrow. I'm off today but called in sick yesterday and haven't felt well since Sunday - felt really lousy Sunday; it was a good thing I already... Read More

  1. by   stillpressingon
    Quote from tryingtomakeit
    Does anyone else get tired of getting memos because ONE person screws up badly? Instead of talking to the person who messed up, they send blanket memos which sound like they were written for a first grader! Most of the time the person who screwed up doesn't even know that THEY are the one the memo is addressing! AAAAAAARRRRGGGGGGG!!!!!
    Dangit!!!! I was hopin that was just MY place!!! SUCH a bummer. It's one of those things I just have NO idea about. Why do they do it? Is that the way they handle things in their personal lives, too?:trout:
  2. by   oramar
    Quote from stillpressingon
    I feel so stressed right now. Have to go back to work tomorrow. I'm off today but called in sick yesterday and haven't felt well since Sunday - felt really lousy Sunday; it was a good thing I already had it off! I'm learning the unfortunate ...can't think of the right word...It's the separation between administration and those on the floor. And unfortunately, while admin may be just fine and personable and kind on the outside - away from work, away from the stresses of schedules and write-ups and interdepartmental feuds - within the working environment they're miserable to be around. ...Their seemingly only function, their only importance that involves me is that I fill a space. I fill a staffing ratio. One thing I've learned over the past 8 months of working in the medical field is this: ADMINISTRATION IS NOT MY FRIEND, AND ANDMINISTRATORS DO NOT HAVE MY BEST INTEREST IN MIND. They have their best interests in mind which means filling gaps - finding bodies to at least appear as though the jobs are getting done. I'm realizing just how expendable I am. And this isn't to say anything against them as individuals - God knows that is the absolute last job on this planet that I want! I'm sure outside of work they're pleasant, empathetic individuals who would encourage anyone (outside their realm) to call in sick if they truly are sick. But I've learned to separate myself from admin. I'm learning that as unfortunate as it may be, there really is a hierarchy within the medical community and I'll be kept around as long as I show up to work, don't question them ~too~ much, and don't yell at pts.

    Maybe this is me accepting my situation. I don't feel angry about it, although that's not to say I haven't in the past and won't again, but as I finish this I feel sad that that's the way it is. Writing has helped with stress, too. I no longer feel overwhelmed about tomorrow. Fortunately I like (most of) my co-workers. That makes all the difference!

    Thanks for reading.
    Yes I know, you have done a pretty good job of describing the situation. What are you gona do but look out for yourself. I assure you they certainly will.:smilecoffeecup:
  3. by   stillpressingon
    oramar - LOVE your siggy, btw - I am definately learning the "art" of looking out for myself. Learnin it the hard way, but am learning it. Yes, they certainly DO look after themselves. Saw it clearly this weekend. They made the decision to work in mgmt and yet blame "us" for their staffing issues, etc. Oh well, as you said, what am I gonna do, eh? I'm there for my one year experience and then I'm flying elsewhere! The really great thing is the diverse experiences/clinical skills I'm now able to put on my resume. There've been many days where those're really the only reasons I'm still there - One year experience, and the appearance of my resume once my one year commences. So I s'ppose in some ways I'm using them just like they're using me. How cynical I've become!
  4. by   oramar
    Quote from stillpressingon
    oramar - LOVE your siggy, btw - I am definately learning the "art" of looking out for myself. Learnin it the hard way, but am learning it. Yes, they certainly DO look after themselves. Saw it clearly this weekend. They made the decision to work in mgmt and yet blame "us" for their staffing issues, etc. Oh well, as you said, what am I gonna do, eh? I'm there for my one year experience and then I'm flying elsewhere! The really great thing is the diverse experiences/clinical skills I'm now able to put on my resume. There've been many days where those're really the only reasons I'm still there - One year experience, and the appearance of my resume once my one year commences. So I s'ppose in some ways I'm using them just like they're using me. How cynical I've become!
    I have been rereading your original post and I have to say that it is one of the most "on the money threads" I have recently seen on this site. Especially the part where you recognize that most people in managment would make good friends, neighbors or relatives. However, these same people that treat other human beings well in non-clinical situtations treat their staff like beast of burdens. Give you an instance, not to long ago I had a nurse manager that waltzed out of our unit leaving us with two RNs and two aides for 24 patients. That left us short two staff persons. She also ordered the secretary to leave as soon as the paper work on admissions was complete. Our protest were met with a shrug, no comment, just a shrug. Her only remark was to the secretary to whom she said, "my budget does not allow for a secretary after 5pm, so make sure you are out of here." She did that to me and the staff two days in a row and she never saw me again. This woman was a monster in the clinical situation but her friends and family loved her to pieces and talked about how wonderful she was all the time??? PS Higher levels of managment loved her also, not because she was a good person but because she came in under budget all the time. If she thought she might come in a little over budget she would start shorting out the unit staff wise. MONSTER, MONSTER, MONSTER
  5. by   stillpressingon
    That's horrible! Yeah, we can always tell when budget pressures are coming down from On High, too.
  6. by   whipping girl in 07
    Quote from oramar
    This woman was a monster in the clinical situation but her friends and family loved her to pieces and talked about how wonderful she was all the time??? PS Higher levels of managment loved her also, not because she was a good person but because she came in under budget all the time. If she thought she might come in a little over budget she would start shorting out the unit staff wise. MONSTER, MONSTER, MONSTER
    This sounds exactly like a manager I left a couple of years ago. Last summer she was asked to step down because the ENTIRE unit was ready to quit unless she went. Finally! If only it had happened before 20 or so nurses had left her over the past couple of years...

    I remember many nights there with 12 ICU patients, at least 2 that should have been 1:1, with 4 nurses and no unit tech. But if you had an open bed, it didn't matter if you didn't have a nurse, you had to admit the patient. And I never once saw her come in early, stay late, work a weekend or night, or put on scrubs. The unit could be going to hell in a handbasket at 4 pm on Wednesday, it didn't matter, she had to leave to go to church. She did NOT miss choir practice!

    Employees don't leave jobs, they leave managers.

    White Castle has offers you a free meal before, during, and after your shift. Three free meals a day!! What hospital offers that?!

    Konni
    Last edit by whipping girl in 07 on Feb 18, '07 : Reason: add more to the story
  7. by   stillpressingon
    Quote from konni
    Employees don't leave jobs, they leave managers.
    Wow, I've never thought about it in those terms before but, yeah, I can attest to this in my work; what a difference management can make!
  8. by   canoehead
    If there is no nurse to take care of the patient why are the nurses accepting report?

    If we are a profession and know the assignment is unsafe we should stick together and stop taking unsafe assignments. They cannot fire an entire shift's worth of nurses- that would mean admin would have to come in and take patients!

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