Quote from cappuccino
i had a nursing supervisor tell me that nurses will never be happy with staffing.period. she told me that studies have found that nurses will complain even if they have the staffing they think is safe. i've never heard of this and definitely disagree. anyone ever heard of this study that was conducted?..................:uhoh21:
no, i've never heard of that study, but it doesn't surprise me.
[color=#483d8b]there is a difference between "safe" and "good" staffing. to me, "safe" is the bare minimum. even then, though, you struggle to get by if things go wrong.
[color=#483d8b]good staffing allows you to get your work done, plus give your patients the little "extras" that they all deserve -- the therapeutic communication, the detailed teaching, the close monitoring that can catch problems before they become problems: the stuff that gets glossed over in the rush to get all of the meds out.
[color=#483d8b]management will argue that if nurses have the "extra" time, they spend it goofing off, not giving the time back to the patients. for some nurses, i'm sure that is true. however, not having the time to do these things for our patients, and being so rushed, is what is driving so many nurses out of the profession. i think that the nurses that are leaving are the ones who want to do these things for their patients. it leaves those who don't care, those who haven't gotten sick of it all yet, and those who are too tired at the end of the day to search for a new job. (i may be missing a category here; i apoligize if you are still at the bedside and don't feel as though you fit in one of these groups.)
[color=#483d8b]to those of you who haven't gotten sick of it all yet, i salute you and admire you, because i got sick of it all long before i thought i would.