Like I really need feed-back on this. . . . - page 3
I get to work and here is the following memo. Like it is so shocking to me. What's more shocking is the complacency that fellow nurses accept this as normal behavior. Are we a sick profession or... Read More
Jun 11, '01I worked at 1 hospital with an acuity staffing mix.
However, I noticed a few interesting facts - a) when the acuity mix said we had 6 more nurses than indicated by the scale - 6 nurses got pulled. HOWEVER - b) when the acuity mix said that the scale indicated we needed 8 more nurses - they were only able to send us 2 - irregardless of what the scale indicated.
SO - I have little faith in acuity scales.
Jun 11, '01mustangsheba, I just read that the other day. And yes, it pissed me off, too. Clearly RoseLee has never been in any kind of specialty unit (critical care, ER, L&D)where, guess what, the needs are just a wee bit more complicated. ANY "typical" inpatient these days needs a hell of a lot more complex care than feeding/watering/ wiping. If that weren't the case, we wouldn't need educated--or trained--people at the bedside at all.
I'll write a nastygram to NurseWeek if you do.
Jun 11, '01Little miss Rose Lee can put her letter where the sun don't shine!
If she was a nurse, she would have put her "impressive" credentials after her name, no doubt.
Break out of the bubble and throw out those rose colored blinders honey, walk a mile in our shoes, then have the nerve to write that trash!!
I can't remember who said it, put I forgot to add that running around with numbers on your back IS incredibly degrading, would they ask the doc's to do this? How about a study on how nurse managers and supervisors use their time, can they wear number's on their backs too??
It's definitely time for my monthly toddy! Backberry brandy over crushed ice...yeah, I need it after reading this post! No one sober or sane would consent to this degredation!
Jun 11, '01I worked at a place that did something similar several years ago,and it infuriated me too. It cost them I don't recall exactly how many 100s of 1000s of dollars to do the study, more than enough to hire a couple maore nurses. the results showed that our average patient on our unit required 29 hours of nursing care per day. Of course our average nurse atient ratio was 1:3 or on good days 1:2. So their big exciting conclusion was we were WAY understaffed! If they had listened to us they could have saved that money and hired some more nurses with it instead. But did anything change afterwards? OF COURSE NOT!! The same administrative "geniuses" who came up with this also came up with a gradual phase in for 12 hour shifts but the day shift didn't want to work 12s and the night shift did. So they simply did away with evening shift leaving one 12 hour day person to cover the work of 5-6 nurses between 3 and 7 pm when the night shift came in. And they didn't even see a problem with this!!! After all it was "only 4 hours." That was when I left that institution. Where do they find these people????