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  1. My hospital has these "new" policies that states that we can't do anything at the nurses station that isn't nursing related....meaning those of us who work night shift and generally have time on our hands to do something else, can't read books, can't read magazines and can't use the computers. We also can't have our water out at the desk or do anything like that. Anybody have policies like that? What are we supposed to do at night to stay awake???
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   heart queen
    Oh yes, been there done that... it went away. Then been there done that... it went away.

    If your management is like mine it has Zero follow through, and an inability to address concerns with problem employees, so it writes "cover all" policies to be ALL ENCOMPASSING so that any problematic individual does not need to be individually addressed.

    After round three or four, with phantom memo's being posted, we asked for a staff meeting, and had an open forum. If the secretary has completed all charts, there are no admits, and she'll be fired for nodding off, why not allow her to play a radio quietly?

    The elimination of the internet has eliminated all available immediate nursing reference to patient disease process, medical diagnosis as well as new meds that are ordered.

    It's fine that we can't eat or drink at the nurses station, but YOU WILL now pay for all the 30 minute lunches as well as the 15 min. breaks that we are unable to take, as that is the federal law. We will begin submitting this on our time varriance sheets for payroll.



    THE MEMO'S STOPPED

    either group together and call their bluff, or ride it out and the next new managerial wave will keep their attention for oohhh.... 5 minutes
  4. by   zenman
    What are they going to do...fire everybody?
  5. by   gwenith
    Heart queen has it exactly right - a white mutiny - beautiful!!!!
  6. by   PedsNurse1981
    I just don't understand why do people want to act this way when there is SUCH a big nursing shortage! Besides the fact, my floor is about to lose half their staff! It's pure stupidity I think.
  7. by   Nur_1996
    Are "They" there at night??? I did'nt think so. Do want you need to do to pass the night, put the books,maganizes etc. away at 6am. Been there, done that, don't want to do it again. Yes, you would think nurses would get treated better with the shortage would'nt you?
  8. by   Tweety
    Do you have a breakroom? It does look unprofessional to do those things. But at 3am who cares??
  9. by   MandyInMS
    We have that policy too..which we take to mean during visiting hours..so we pretty much comply until after 9 pm..our super doesn't care as long as we do our job..I'd much rather staff be AWAKE reading a magazine than passed out at the desk...lol
  10. by   Ortho_RN
    Yeah.. We were told JCAHO would have a fit if they saw us with drinks and stuff at the nurses station.. I sometimes have to eat and chart,,, and its not like I can go to the breakroom on night shift... We just laugh and keep on..
  11. by   CherryRN
    It happens at my place too. Inane memos, rules and regulations. They cannot deal with people individually. It can be ONE NURSE that stays on the computer all day, but they will not address her. They just took it away from all of us.

    People are getting sick of being treated like children, and are leaving the hospital. Administration will NEVER LEARN.

    Cherry
  12. by   gerry79
    Quote from CherryRN
    It happens at my place too. Inane memos, rules and regulations. They cannot deal with people individually. It can be ONE NURSE that stays on the computer all day, but they will not address her. They just took it away from all of us.

    People are getting sick of being treated like children, and are leaving the hospital. Administration will NEVER LEARN.

    Cherry
    So I see that in nusring management everyone is painted with the same broad brush also. And I thought I was escaping this type of treatment........
  13. by   zudy
    Of course there are exceptions to every rule, gerry79. I happen to be working for a nurse manager at this time who is the exception, and I enjoy working for her.
    But in my 20 plus years of nursing, about 90% of my experience with hospital administrators has been negative, and it has usually been about administrators treating nurses like rather stupid, slow children. I have found from being on this board that that is usually the case. Believe me, the only thing that keeps me in nursing is the love of caring for my pts. If I didn't love it, I would not have been able to stand the abuse that administrators routinely dish out. If I sound bitter,gerry, it's only because I am.

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