The math doesn't add up - page 5

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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    Quote from wooh
    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.
    This thread and the above post in particular are the whiniest I have ever seen, even by the standards of allnurses . Gee, if signing cards is so overwhelming to you maybe you should just stay home. Leave nursing for those of us who can handle the work.
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    Quote from trueblue2000
    This thread and the above post in particular are the whiniest I have ever seen, even by the standards of allnurses . Gee, if signing cards is so overwhelming to you maybe you should just stay home. Leave nursing for those of us who can handle the work.
    I didn't go to school 4 years to write petty cards as a requirement. If you like the idea, by all means, chunk off a med administration, omit a treatment,or double checking your orders- I'll pass. Wooh is correct, especially this time of year- our census is FULL, it would mean cutting corners with all the other CRAP.

    The "go home" and "whining" remark were over-the-top, but you know that if writing a card is soooooooo important to you, respect for your colleagues should be no sweat
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    Only someone impossibly out of touch with every aspect of the real world would ever think having nurses make thank you cards for patients is a good idea. The fact that someone, somewhere is paid good money to come up with such ideas is mind boggling. Take all these waste-of-oxygen people and put them to work doing something useful. I know a lot of potholes need to be filled and a lot of freeways need to be cleaned....
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    Quote from trueblue2000
    This thread and the above post in particular are the whiniest I have ever seen, even by the standards of allnurses . Gee, if signing cards is so overwhelming to you maybe you should just stay home. Leave nursing for those of us who can handle the work.
    Whinier than this?
    Quote from trueblue2000
    ... getting no recognition whatsoever for all of that. It just seems unfair...
    Spend more than four months as a nurse, then talk to me about "handling the work." You know, once you're not only doing your own work, but keeping your new grad coworkers from killing someone. AND signing stupid cards.

    And after you've had some little thing added weekly for more than a few months, tell me how little time it takes all together.
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Only someone impossibly out of touch with every aspect of the real world would ever think having nurses make thank you cards for patients is a good idea. The fact that someone, somewhere is paid good money to come up with such ideas is mind boggling. Take all these waste-of-oxygen people and put them to work doing something useful. I know a lot of potholes need to be filled and a lot of freeways need to be cleaned....
    What I don't get is why do the NURSES have to do the thank you cards? I'll tell you why. Because NOBODY ELSE in the hospital will willingly take on stupid stuff like this. Why not have social work do them? Or housekeeping? Perhaps the pharmacists should do them? It's only a few seconds per card, right?
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    Quote from wooh
    What I don't get is why do the NURSES have to do the thank you cards? I'll tell you why. Because NOBODY ELSE in the hospital will willingly take on stupid stuff like this. Why not have social work do them? Or housekeeping? Perhaps the pharmacists should do them? It's only a few seconds per card, right?
    It is a personal touch. Pharmacists and housekeeping could write them but it would be meaningless to the patient since neither of them personally cared for the patient. Us, on the other hand, the patients remember, and would recognize the name on the card.
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    Some of you are so funny - enjoyed most of the reaction on this thread.

    I will say as a L&D nurse, we sent out birthday cards at 1 year to all the babies we delivered. Keeping in mind we are a rural hospital and only did about 100 deliveries a year.

    Also as hospice, we sign bereavement cards each week for hospice families. But this is done at a team meeting.

    But as a nurse on the floor . . .in a busy hospital . . . this is crazy.
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    Quote from trueblue2000
    It is a personal touch. Pharmacists and housekeeping could write them but it would be meaningless to the patient since neither of them personally cared for the patient. Us, on the other hand, the patients remember, and would recognize the
    name on the card.
    If it were simply signing a card... ok, whatever, I can do that. It's still an absurd policy thought up by an absurd person, but whatever. The OP stated, though, that the nurses
    have to *write* little thank you cards for each pt. Sorry, that's the line. Have the pointless people who think up such pointless jobs write a bunch of little cards. They clearly have the time. I'll sign it if I get a minute....
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    Quote from trueblue2000
    It is a personal touch. Pharmacists and housekeeping could write them but it would be meaningless to the patient since neither of them personally cared for the patient. Us, on the other hand, the patients remember, and would recognize the name on the card.
    Are you unwell or just confused? Or are you just not a nurse? Allow me to explain: if the patients remember their nurses, then the patients should be sending their nurses a thank you card. Really, this is absurd. Nurses do not thank patients for being patients. It is truly insulting to propose such a thing.
    nursel56, DizzyLizzyNurse, kiszi, and 14 others like this.
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    Quote from sali22
    I seriously find this weird. if I got a thank you card I would be like "umm...ok?"
    I think it's supposed to be the other way around.
    Seriously! I mean, I wouldn't expect cards from patients...but I actually sent flowers to one doctor and his staff (before I even dreamed of becoming a nurse) and always made a point to seek out those little comment boxes on other occasions. If I got a thank you card I'd be like....okaaay...
    nursel56 and Firestarter_RN like this.


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