The math doesn't add up - page 4

by noyesno

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I'm a math person, so it really bothers me when my manager asks us to do an additional task or duty without subtracting a current task or duty. The math doesn't add up. Our current duties take up a full shift. If you add... Read More


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    The thank you notes/cards need to come from the hospital administration, not the bedside nurses, IMHO.
    IowaKaren, not.done.yet, SleeepyRN, and 12 others like this.
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    Can't we just be like flight attendants instead, stand at the front door, "Buh-bye. Buh-bye. Buh-bye. Buh-bye..."
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    ...do we get to hand out Chocolate Mints with the Hospital Logo too?

    @wooh, at least they got people too stop calling them "stewardess!" Maybe there's a shot we can go from "Hey you," "you there," and "excuse me- Com' mere" to just "nurse," lol!
    Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Dec 9, '12
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    The idea of nurses taking the time to write thank you notes is both infuriating and hilarious. How about your welcome notes?

    The unit clerks on our unit write sympathy cards to the families of our patients that die. We average 45 deaths/month, so I bet that can get time consuming, I wouldn't be surprised if that task were to fall on nursing staff soon, too.
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    I don't see the big deal. How long does it take to sign a card? 5 seconds? You have five patients per day and adding 25 seconds to your daily "math" is going to break the camel's back? It is OK to refuse to sign it on principle (like, thanking them for what exactly, they should be thanking me!) but complaining because it adds to your work load seems unreasonable to me. And seriously fellow nurses, patients do have choices when choosing a hospital and while we complain about patients it is only because of them that we have a paycheck. No patients = no jobs.
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    Well then how about refusing just on principle because it is colossally stupid? I agree, the patients should be thanking the nurses, not the other way around. It's preposterous. If the hospital wants to send thank you notes, they should come from the administration. I wouldn't do it either, or, I'd sign silly fake names.
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    Quote from trueblue2000
    I don't see the big deal. How long does it take to sign a card? 5 seconds? You have five patients per day and adding 25 seconds to your daily "math" is going to break the camel's back? It is OK to refuse to sign it on principle (like, thanking them for what exactly, they should be thanking me!) but complaining because it adds to your work load seems unreasonable to me. And seriously fellow nurses, patients do have choices when choosing a hospital and while we complain about patients it is only because of them that we have a paycheck. No patients = no jobs.
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    Quote from trueblue2000
    I don't see the big deal. How long does it take to sign a card? 5 seconds? You have five patients per day and adding 25 seconds to your daily "math" is going to break the camel's back?
    Added to task A that only takes 30 seconds per patient x5 (haha! only 5 patients!)
    Plus task B from last month that only takes 15 seconds per patient x #patients
    Plus task C from 3 weeks ago that only takes 10 minutes x #patients
    Plus task D from 2 weeks ago that only takes 2 minutes x #patients
    Plus task E from last week that only takes 3 minutes x #patients
    Plus next week's task F that only takes 5 minutes x # patients

    At some point the "only takes..." adds up. When EVERY week, heck, every shift, something that "only takes..." gets added, those little bits add up to a lot of time.

    And as someone that used to have to sign my name to those cards... You have to find the cards. You have to let people know when you run out of them. You have to make sure everyone else has signed it before you put it in the pile to be mailed. You have to put one in the designated spot when they get admitted. Look up the address to put on the card. All things that "only take" a few seconds here and there. But not only the time, but the aggravation that gets added on to any task that gets put on the to-do list is NEVER going to be smooth each and every time. There's always going to be the sticking points to cause added annoyance. And time that could be spent on something else, like patient care.
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    The profession needs a "Reformation," where people realize we're not nuns, saints, or ego builders- we are here to save your butt(and wipe it sometimes)
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    Quote from martinalpn
    Really, yeah another chore on top of the other 3 kazillion things I have to do. Truly, you are being much too kind. Oh well so much for my bathroom break. Reminds me of this funny cartoon program where the cartoon character is dividing food or money and he counts, one for me and one for you; two for me and one, two for you; three for me and one, two, three, for you; four for me and one, two, three, four for you you get the picture. Oh I see you went to the Enron School of Accounting that says it all.
    ;
    I don't get it.


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