Do nurses take more crap because of their percieved role in health care?

  1. By this I mean we are always percieved to be the self sacrificing gentle voice of reason, who never needs time to themselves or breaks and never gets mad at anything. And is not SUPPOSED to get upset even when things are totally outrageous. I'm speaking about a situation about a year ago, when I worked LTC, I would bust my hump passing meds on my hall, some days on 2 halls if we were short, and when I woud finally by some miracle get a break, lo and behold a resident would walk into the break room, get refreshment from the machines and ask when I would be back out there. Now please pardon me, but I resent the living hell out of this approach. My break time and lunch time is MY time to be alone with my thoughts, or eating, or conversing with a co worker. To let residents dictate how long my breaks are is aboslutely ridiculous and insulting to me personally. Just needed to vent about this, and ask if any of you have had similar experiences, and couldn't say anything because of the Nancy Nurse tag the powers that be throw on us without asking us first. That's why I love Home Health Care. I'm never going back to facility nursing again!!! Peace and love to all, WW.
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  3. by   Jailhouse RN
    Why are residents allowed in the employee break area?
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    Because it's their "home", and facility staff are their "guests".

    Another reason why I no longer work in LTC. :stone
  5. by   Stitchie
    No, this is not OK for residents to barge into your break time. If someone is covering for you they are responsible for the patient during that short amount of time. And if the resident is up and walking around, your work is done (momentarily anyway) unless he's turning blue and came in to tell you so, then nothing short of a fire should interrupt your time. you don't get paid for it, so I don't think anybody has the right to tell you to come off your break or interrupt a non-work related stretch of your time.

    I think that nurses have this image of self-sacrifing creatures because the thought process surrounding nursing and the history of nursing. For some reason, nurses are portrayed as gentle, passive and waiting for the Medical Deity directives on how to live, how to care for the patient, waiting for orders.

    Nurses today have a much different role in patient care. The population we mainly come into contact with: 70 to 100 year-olds, who are hooked on the version of nurses from black and white movies. Pillow fluffers, not even close to what nurses do. If they'd get real about how we talk and interact with docs on a daily basis -- equal in approach and collaborative in the nature of work (yeah right) then maybe people who get their daily 5 or 6 hours of TV would have a different vision as to what nurses do day in and day out.

    I had an 88 year old patient come to the ED one evening, 'Duchess' type of patient. The family was asking for pillows and blankets even before I had the IV in her or got blood for the usual cardiac workup, or paged EKG for her. Of course, her son is a lawyer, her grandson is a resident at a different facility and the only one who they paid any attention to was the physician.
  6. by   warrior woman
    So true Marla. Just don't understand the thinking behind it.
  7. by   warrior woman
    Quote from Stitchie
    No, this is not OK for residents to barge into your break time. If someone is covering for you they are responsible for the patient during that short amount of time. And if the resident is up and walking around, your work is done (momentarily anyway) unless he's turning blue and came in to tell you so, then nothing short of a fire should interrupt your time. you don't get paid for it, so I don't think anybody has the right to tell you to come off your break or interrupt a non-work related stretch of your time.

    I think that nurses have this image of self-sacrifing creatures because the thought process surrounding nursing and the history of nursing. For some reason, nurses are portrayed as gentle, passive and waiting for the Medical Deity directives on how to live, how to care for the patient, waiting for orders.

    Nurses today have a much different role in patient care. The population we mainly come into contact with: 70 to 100 year-olds, who are hooked on the version of nurses from black and white movies. Pillow fluffers, not even close to what nurses do. If they'd get real about how we talk and interact with docs on a daily basis -- equal in approach and collaborative in the nature of work (yeah right) then maybe people who get their daily 5 or 6 hours of TV would have a different vision as to what nurses do day in and day out.

    I had an 88 year old patient come to the ED one evening, 'Duchess' type of patient. The family was asking for pillows and blankets even before I had the IV in her or got blood for the usual cardiac workup, or paged EKG for her. Of course, her son is a lawyer, her grandson is a resident at a different facility and the only one who they paid any attention to was the physician.
    Thanx Stichie!!! Any one else feeling used and abused, feel free to vent away!!! This is YOUR time!!
  8. by   VivaLasViejas
    It's all part of that "customer service" mentality.........don't even get me STARTED on that one. :angryfire
  9. by   warrior woman
    Well quite frankly, it turns my stomach that we are not even treated as a viable part of the health care system, just treated like machines that mangement wants to run until we fall apart. We are human beings with feelings and lives too. If we collapse due to poor tx then the pts, will be hard pressed as well. DON'T THEY GET THAT??
  10. by   VivaLasViejas
    Of course not........because today's health care is NOT about the nurse, and it's NOT about the patient. It's about making $$$$ for the multi-millionaire CEOs of health insurance companies, hospitals, nursing homes and so on. Health care started going downhill when the business interests got into it and saw how much money there was to be made in it.......and we're at the mercy of these interests because EVERYBODY needs health care.

    It will take nothing less than a complete overhaul in the way America does business to accomplish real health care reform. I don't see that happening in my lifetime.......and I pray every day that whatever malady may someday befall me finishes me off quickly, because I fear being old and sick in this country, far worse than death. :stone
  11. by   warrior woman
    I'm with you Marla. Growing old in out current society doesn't necessarily appeal to me either. It's just that NO ONE should have to dread going to work, and NO ONE should have to leave work in tears. That to me is just plain WRONG.
  12. by   leslie :-D
    when the administrator first started at the facility, i overheard him telling the comptroller (as he handed her a book) "i want you to read this; i'm giving this to the key people to read." :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire KEY PEOPLE!!!!!! i never forgot that...mgmt. whose offices are in the basement are KEY PEOPLE. well, i just looked at him, and my attitude and me just left the room. no matter what, it's so damn hard to get respect.
  13. by   warrior woman
    I hear you load and clear. When will nurses ever be thought of as "key people"? When that happens, I'll fall over in a dead faint. Scratch that, I'll for over just plain dead from the shock.
  14. by   warrior woman
    Anyone else out there need to vent?? It'll make you feel tons better.

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