Quote from Bluehair
FYI -I am a mid-management nurse, working as director of an ICU. I put in an average of 50 hours a week, more than any of the staff I supervise. The upper-level management at my hospital also are working more than 50 hours a week. When we have a week-day holiday we have to use our vacation time PTO to get paid for it, it is not part of our salaried hours. I am on call 24/7 and it is not uncommon for me to work a 10 hour day shift going to meetings as well as helping in the unit, doing admits/transfers, general ICU patient care, etc. I get home for about an hour and have to go back in to work part or all of the night shift because of a sick call. I took call to cover night shift this past Thanksgiving and Christmas because some of the staff wanted off. We are in a rural area so there are very few agency staff we can utilize to fill these sort of needs or we would. We regularly seek to hire into vacancies. When I did the math on how many hours I work I figured out I am being paid less per hour than any of my staff.
I am also responsible for writing policies.
Your generalization regarding management is not accurate. I highly doubt I am the only manager in America working like this.
Bluehair - you sound exactly like the boss that I had for 8 of my 10 years in the ICU.:kiss I had major respect for that woman - she 'raised me up' in nursing!
I learned so many things from her - not just about nursing, but people skills, too.
Sadly, I haven't had anyone come even close to her example since. I've seen what 'good' is - and what I'm seeing nowadays is less than mediocre - even pitiful.
One of my little irritants with this currant facility is that they haul us out of bed in the middle of OUR night every two weeks for their little meetings at 1:30PM - they will make NO concessions on the time at all - yet our DON has made it plain that she does NOT want to be bothered at night.
I don't care - the other nite she left us with totally screwed up staffing for a Sunday nite - she had cancelled two staffer CNA's that were supposed to work - leaving us with 2 CNA's when we're supposed to have 4.
So I called her at home at 10PM and got her out of bed to ask her what she expected us to do?! I ended up offering one of the evening girls a bonus for staying and working part of a shift.