I Said... 'huh?' - page 4

Imagine that you're the NightShift Supervisor and have been for quite awhile with all linens, medical supplies, residents rooms, exit doors,and entry door keys for access, locking or security when... Read More

  1. by   mtgirl63
    Speechless --- yeah, that sums it up! I pray I never HAVE to imagine something so awful!
  2. by   semstr
    Betts, call some British or German tabloids, serious!
    I know it is a long shot, but once a thing like this becomes international, maybe something will happen.
    I feel so sorry for the poor residents!! And for you too!

    Take care, Renee
  3. by   LLDPaRN
    Betts
    Would it help any if all of us who have read this entire thread xeroxed and sent it to whoever you thought might actually be helpful ? The media, the state, the federal DHHS?

    Just a thought.....

    Laurie
  4. by   rncountry
    Betts,
    Thinking about this alot today. I know the NLRB won't take your case because it does not involve efforts to unionize etc... but if you call they will likely help you find resources.
    Next it is my thought that every one who has read this thread needs to write to Virginia's legislators, snail mail, and demand that something be done. The state nursing association, again snail mail. Should we send in red envelopes? I'm thinking red, easily noticed, red for mad, red for patient's blood. I would also suggest that we make a point of noting that we know about this situation off a nursing website that has nearly 20,000 members. Note that New Jersey passed a law on mandatory overtime after thousands of letters from nurses from all over the country wrote urging that New Jersey make a statement for the rest of the nurses in the country. Maybe I am feeling a bit far out on this, but I believe that if enough nurses make lots of noise on issues that involve us than we will be successful.
  5. by   NRSKarenRN
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  6. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by rncountry
    Betts,
    Thinking about this alot today. I know the NLRB won't take your case because it does not involve efforts to unionize etc... but if you call they will likely help you find resources.
    Next it is my thought that every one who has read this thread needs to write to Virginia's legislators, snail mail, and demand that something be done. The state nursing association, again snail mail. Should we send in red envelopes? I'm thinking red, easily noticed, red for mad, red for patient's blood. I would also suggest that we make a point of noting that we know about this situation off a nursing website that has nearly 20,000 members. Note that New Jersey passed a law on mandatory overtime after thousands of letters from nurses from all over the country wrote urging that New Jersey make a statement for the rest of the nurses in the country. Maybe I am feeling a bit far out on this, but I believe that if enough nurses make lots of noise on issues that involve us than we will be successful.
    An Excellent Idea...RED it is! :angryfire
  7. by   bestblondRN
    Betts,

    What an awful situation to be in--for the resident, you, and the staff! It has to be one of the worst cases of resident abuse/neglect, employee abuse and corporate strong-arming/deceit that I have heard of in my 20+ years!

    I think NRSKaren is on the right track--the Dept. of Aging, as well as Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Units should have a vested interest in looking into this scenario--this is what these agencies are for.

    In the meantime, who would you like all of us to write and/or email? Imagine if EVERY member of allnurses.com wrote just ONE letter or email to one agency or one senator? Imagine that agency or person being barraged with almost 20,000 letters from nurses and other healthcare professionals who are aghast that a situation such as this would be allowed to go unaddressed? Collectively, we have a VERY loud voice and I doubt that the individual or agency receiving these correspondences could turn a deaf ear

    I have my red stationery ready to go--just let us know who you want to be contacted--I think you'll find a lot of support from your peers on this website.

    Good luck and let us know how we can help.

    Suzanne
  8. by   boobaby42
    I would contact the fire marshall, the board of nursing, and joint commission, better business bureau, secretary of state, the governor and the president. This facility needs to be reported because of the violations. Would it be unethical to talk to some of the patient's families? How their lives were in danger and you changed this by the actions you took to get the needed supplies? And then, what was done to you. Have they done this to take the heat off of their negligence? (sp)
    Keep calling, writing, emailing. Somebody will listen. Were the patients older citizens. Elder abuse is against the law. shoot!
  9. by   betts
    Ok, I'm crying...
    This all occurred in April and it so disheartened me that I was ready to leave nursing. The questioning of why?, troubled me so and I anguished about the residents, staff, and those that went to the 'Peer Review', their jobs, how they'd be treated; I was going out of my mind! My confidence in myself nearly sent me into depression, and I would've if it weren't for my husband, daughter and fellow nurses.
    You couldn't imagine how troubling it was for me to post it. I needed reassurance that I'd done nothing wrong even though I was told that I hadn't by so many others. I'd sit and just start crying because of uncertainty, constantly questioning whether there was something else I could have done.
    Why had they decided that the nightshift didn't need keys? Why was everything locked up? Were they doing it in hopes of a crisis knowing I'd have to authorize the entering of the medical supply room then using that to discharge me because I spoke out for my residents and staff? During the 'Peer Review', I spoke up about the resident in question and was silenced with; that's not the issue. They wanted names and I refused to give names. That in itself enraged them. I wasn't silenced long as I told them that it was my decision and mine alone, and as a nurse it was my license, my oath, and my obligation to do all I could to save this residents life. They mentioned that the resident in question was DNR, and I told them that the doctors orders stated also to make the resident comfortable and when a resident is fighting for oxygen, gasping because his airway needed immediate attention; "Would you call suffocating, comfortable?".
    Now here are 3 nurses, sitting in judgement of me and while looking me straight in the eye say; "The resident isn't relevant, the door is". UNQUOTE
    HUH?...Say What?
    Anyway, the reason for the late posting was fear of negative post. You've got to admit that UNITY isn't a strong point even though we all want it, but from reading all the post, your UNITY in assisting an associate overwhelmed me. I'm truly grateful and appreciate each and everyone of you and accept any and all suggestions you've made. Please email, write, whomever you think might listen as I've done for the past month with no response other than; "Virginia is an Employment-at-will-State" or we're sorry to hear of your dismissal, but...
    I'm a Nurse and you've helped me regain my confidence and instilled hope that NO-CAREGIVER, regardless of position will be left alone and helpless again. THANK YOU...THANK YOU...THANK YOU...
    Last edit by betts on May 14, '02
  10. by   betts
    http://www.governmentguide.com/govsi...ww.state.va.us

    This is the Virginia Government Guide
  11. by   betts
    Dedicated to allnurses...


    Today I Smiled

    Today I smiled, and all at once things didn't look so bad.

    Today I shared with someone else, a bit of hope I had.

    Today I sang a little song, And felt my heart grow light,

    And walked a happy little mile, with not a cloud in sight.

    Today I worked with what I had, and longed for nothing more, And what had seemed like only weeds, were flowers at my door.

    Today I loved a little more, and complained a little less,
    And in the giving of myself, I forgot my weariness.

    <3<3~~~~~~~~<3<3

    Author Unknown
  12. by   mario_ragucci
    I admire the avatars you use Betts. Your are very cool and not always the same. Thank you for being you, and the cheerful way in which you put down your thoughts and that is really the best. MORE POWER TO BETTS !!
  13. by   betts
    Thanks Mario as I can use all the power in decrying loudly that this shouldn't happen to anyone in Healthcare! My strength...renewed, thanks to Caregivers such as you.

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