Keeping experienced nurses at the bedside - page 2

by sassyrn333 | 2,835 Views | 17 Comments

I'm curious: What incentive, if any, does your facility provide for mature/experienced nurses to stay at the bedside?... Read More


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    I don't know. Before I left to be a school nurse, I was doing telephone triage for a large Children's hospital, something I was particularly good at. We had to complete 7 calls per hour, which is a difficult standard to maintain over a long shift. Parents call, they're upset, can't give you good information. You can't see the child and have only the non-medical caretaker to give you info. Parents focus on the wrong symptoms, so you really have to have great listening skills, assessment skills, and decision-making skills. I was one of their most experienced nurses and it was very difficult for me to maintain that high level of production.I dropped below the limit. I made 6.9 calls/hour so they put me on probation. Took away my remote computer and made me drive in to work(I had been working from home for several years) Treated me like a 5 year old.

    So I quit. But first I got my stats up to 7.2 for a month. They begged me to stay but I walked. I do not need to be treated like a kindergartener at my age. I took my extensive knowledge of pediatrics and 25 years experience on the road. Had a new job in 1 week and have been happily putting bandaids on boo-boos and giving little kids insulin ever since.
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    Quote from pennyaline
    they tell us every day how lucky we are to have jobs.


    according to the ones i work with admin also tells them that they do not have to become managers! most of the experienced nurses i know i burned out from working in management and prefer bedside in comparison.
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    None that I am aware of.
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    None that I have ever seen except possibly in specialty areas, in fact most hospitals prefer new grads, or ones without too much experience because the salary will be lower.
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    Quote from Straydandelion
    None that I have ever seen except possibly in specialty areas, in fact most hospitals prefer new grads, or ones without too much experience because the salary will be lower.
    And they generally will do whatever they are told to do without much of an argument!
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    More money. But honestly, after a few years of being a floor nurse, not many nurses want to stay. It's not worth it.
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    Hmmm...lets see...I got my MSN in 2005, stayed at the bedside for another year (no pay raise, no perks) and then got a post-MSN certificate in 2006 and was offered a job at LESS than I was making as an RN!

    Uh...no....
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    Quote from llg
    Seniority brings:

    1. Higher base pay
    2. More vacation/sick time (though you get that increase even if you leave the bedside)
    3. Some preferences in scheduling -- such as holiday hours, shift rotation (or lack thereof), etc.
    4. Preference for getting conference money, good committee assignments, etc. -- assuming you are a good employee

    It may not be much, but the scheduling preferences mean a lot to people.
    Wow, I want to work where you do!

    The only benefit I get is more money because it is based on years of experience. Otherwise, it's the same amount of benefits for me as it is for the new grad.


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