Keeping experienced nurses at the bedside - page 2
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I'm curious: What incentive, if any, does your facility provide for mature/experienced nurses to stay at the bedside?... Read More
- 8Feb 15, '10 by mustlovepoodlesI 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.
- 0Feb 15, '10 by MBARNBSN GuideQuote from pennyalinethey 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.
- 0Feb 16, '10 by MedSurgeMessQuote from StraydandelionAnd they generally will do whatever they are told to do without much of an argument!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.
- 0Feb 16, '10 by tokmomQuote from llgWow, I want to work where you do!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.
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.