We have transitioned into the 'Nursing Business' It's no longer the 'Nursing Profession'.
I look at it ths way:
I don't think we should be angry at the patients about the patient satisfaction scores. I think our anger is misdirected at the patient because I think these survey's are the last thing a patient wants shoved in their face when they are discharged. I think they view then as one big PIA, another intrusion into their privacy like their privacy has not been violated and assulted enough with being in the hospital. I think the majority of patients hand them to their SO's or family members to fill out because they can't be botherd and that is just what those patient satisfaction survey's are- a bother, another intrusion and violation into their privacy. But the insensitive business minds of the hospital can not comprehend that concept, it's way above their heads. They are still trying to figure out their primary colors and the alphabet. It's another wonderful day in their neighborhood!!
As for a patient's anger and a famiy's anger- I think it's because the nursing staff is being manadated to run around doing what the priorites are for the "business sector' of the hospital and not "nursing care". The're kept too busy with inappropriate garbage. The business administrators have the nursing staff so distracted with utter nonsense that doesn't even pertain to a patient and the 'Disease State' they are there for. The 'disease state' has been pushed on the back burner. It's what ever the 'children' in the "business administration" want.
If nurses were staffed and allowed to take care of the patient's the way they were educated to, half of the patient's and family's anger would be non existant!! What a concept. A sick patient comes to the hospital to get nursing and medical care, not Donald Trumps shopping experience at Macy's. As a family member of a recent patient, I'm frustrated and furious also, but not at the nursing staff, I know what's going on. I'd like to grab a few administrators by the throat.
Piece of trivia: The Business entities and Insurance industry did this to the doctors years ago and now look at the number of candidates going into medical school and... What is the prediction for 2020 and ...What is the status of doctors now to to take care of the patient numbers?? Isn't that the big push for the NP's, not enough doctors... Whose going to do it when they chase all the nurses out??? The secretary in the business office!!! Good luck to them. keep Dumbing it down. I can't wait for when it gets down right stupid.
Last edit by kcmylorn on Dec 2, '12