If I Hear One More Time........ - page 3

"we called everyone and no one will come in, and there's no agency available you're running short staffed tonight." I'll just scream. Everytime someone calls in sick they can't be replaced. Why... Read More

  1. by   jnette
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    I think what makes me angry is the fact that they even ask. They know the beds aren't staffed and still expect you to admit to them. Sigh....

    Guess they're just testing to see how much crap the nurse will accept.

    Good for you, Sadie04.

    Maybe we all need to wear a "zero tolerance for administrative bullcrap" sign on our backs... and then stand by it. :stone
  2. by   Nurse Ratched
    Quote from mattsmom81
    I hear ya Tom. I say with a smile "I only have 2 speeds, if ya don't like this one ya sure aren't gonna like the other'.
    Adding this one to my list of snappy comebacks .
  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    you are not alone. I hear it too, and I am not supposed to even BE at work, let alone work extra. The guilt comes on strong....even on my daughter's bday they still beg. I hate it.
  4. by   Good_Queen_Bess
    Quote from mattsmom81
    I hear ya Tom. I say with a smile "I only have 2 speeds, if ya don't like this one ya sure aren't gonna like the other'.
    I like that one, might have to start using it.
  5. by   gypsyatheart
    Exactly! This is exactly what to do...sneaking them in the back door or not, I'd pull that "supervisor" out to the nurse's desk, have the "refusing assignment d/t unsafe conditions" form signed, hand it to her and tell her, she will be the nurse staying and caring for the pt. I'd also have my mgr on the phone!



    Quote from cheerfuldoer
    Tweety.......have that supervisor sign a note in front of witnesses that says she/he will take full responsibility for what happens to that patient if things go sour with the patient on a unit that practices unsafe patient-nurse ratios. I'd LOVE to see the look on his/her face with that option.
  6. by   gypsyatheart
    I love it! This is great! WoooHooo! :hatparty:


    Quote from mattsmom81
    I hear ya Tom. I say with a smile "I only have 2 speeds, if ya don't like this one ya sure aren't gonna like the other'.
  7. by   johnseagle
    As others have posted, you are not alone.

    What's worse, there have actually been times the supervisor has said, "Oh, I called everyone" and the next day, we find out, the nurses who had been off HAD NEVER BEEN CONTACTED (Caller ID does help you know if the hospital calls or not!). Do people think we are stupid and can't find this stuff out???



    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    "we called everyone and no one will come in, and there's no agency available you're running short staffed tonight." I'll just scream. Everytime someone calls in sick they can't be replaced.

    Why in one ear are they telling me I'm going to be short staffed and the other telling me we're getting admits!. :angryfire

    I refused to take admits, saying we are short and I need time to take care of the three I just got, so what do they do? They fax report, call housekeeping themselves and bring the patient under the direction of the supervisor. I'm so angry if I wouldn't loose my license I'd quit right now.

    Thanks. I feel so much better. Now I'll go back to looking up that med I was looking up, but just wanted to scream to someone who knows what I'm talking about, you know?
  8. by   zacarias
    This thread is scary. At my hospital, if we don't have the staff to admit more patients, the patients DON'T get admitted!!
  9. by   Tweety
    Quote from zacarias
    This thread is scary. At my hospital, if we don't have the staff to admit more patients, the patients DON'T get admitted!!
    Imagine that concept. Admitting only the patients you have the staff to safely care for (including critical care!).

    Unfortunately that means loss of revenue. Each patient we divert to another ER costs big bucks and the bean counters are loathe to pass up on any bucks.
  10. by   teeituptom
    whats life without beancounters
    whats life without chili and beans

    both make me gaseous
  11. by   mattsmom81
    I have ER nurses cruising my ICU nightly. They say scornfully "We're holding ICU patients. Why? You HAVE open beds". I bite my tongue as I explain, "Yes and my nurses are stretched with 2-3 critical patients already, SOOO you will keep those patients until administration supplies me with another ICU NURSE. A BED alone does not constitute critical care."

    We will get as much crap as we will take like our friend Sjoe reminds us. Learn to say 'no' nurses. Know why it is so important that we DO draw a line.

    I oriented a new ICU nurse the other night who said to me "You guys have it easy...we always had 3 patients...every night." My answer? "You had that because you accepted that. We choose not to. It is unsafe to accept this; its against AACN standards for critical care, and as professionals we have a duty to say so. "
  12. by   MizzPrettyPilz
    I feel your pain 3rdshiftguy. At my hospital we are frequently told we have an admit coming (usually while short staffed and while dinner trays are being served), and have to go downstairs and haul them out of a car (no one bothers to tell us they are not coming by stretcher). And you guessed it, Admssions always promises them a private room. Who cares if the patient get's pissed off when an oriented 33 year old patient is placed in the room with a BM smearing, restrained vent-dependant 90 year-old?(lol) And the nurses get blamed for this. And of course being admitted at this time and short staffed the patient has an extended wait time for services. Thus a negative attitude towards the nurses the rest of their stay. It really makes me flame!! ggrrr!!!
  13. by   Tweety
    Quote from mattsmom81
    We will get as much crap as we will take like our friend Sjoe reminds us. Learn to say 'no' nurses. Know why it is so important that we DO draw a line.
    What was upsetting to me is that I did say no. The patient appeared with a faxed report without warning. :angryfire

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