The math doesn't add up - page 8

by noyesno 17,807 Views | 132 Comments

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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    With a staff meeting coming up I am so tempted to use this thread for reference. When they tell us all the new tasks we will be adding on, and you know there will be several, I would like to raise my hand high and ask "which tasks will you be taking away?" to allow for the time of course since we are already packed to the brim and rarely get to take a lunch break. I am going to start a "math doesn't add up" chant. I love it, because it is SO SIMPLE AND TRUE. Don't even get me started on the Thank you cards, that is preposterous. Perhaps we could tell them that we haven't given them out yet since we are waiting on the Doctors to fill out their portion. Or we could do a nice photo card of all of the nurses smiling holding a thank you sign like people do after weddings.
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    When my then-13 year old received his thank you card, his reaction was along the following:

    "Thank you for getting appendicitis, have your incompetent ER nurse miss my veins, and getting emergency surgery? What's wrong with you people? I know you've all got a sick sense of humor, but this is bizarre."

    He did however appreciate the added on message from his nurse that thanked him for being so patient waiting for pain meds and being "more polite than my grown up patients usually are".

    What I find ridiculously stupid is that my floor sees a lot of oncology patients with poor prognosis who we end pre-printed cards to referencing our sincere desire for an uneventful recovery. Wha??? Those I absolutely refuse to sign.
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    Obviously, there a different opinions on this issue. My hospital system sends thank you cards to patients and none of the nursing staff seems bothered by it. Actually, on our post discharge telephone surveys, patients mention the card and say they appreciated the gesture. I have never heard any of my colleagues complaining that signing those cards it is too much work or it is an asinine idea. I don't know, maybe we are just not bitter about our professional choices and happy with our work. Relax people, it is OK for nurses to disagree on issues.
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    Wouldn't a follow up phone call a few days after discharge from the charge nurse make more sense? They could go over discharge instructions and make sure they were understood. They could answer any questions. Adress any concerns. Stuff like that. Or do they want this AND a thank you card?
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    Quote from trueblue2000
    Obviously, there a different opinions on this issue. My hospital system sends thank you cards to patients and none of the nursing staff seems bothered by it. Actually, on our post discharge telephone surveys, patients mention the card and say they appreciated the gesture. I have never heard any of my colleagues complaining that signing those cards it is too much work or it is an asinine idea. I don't know, maybe we are just not bitter about our professional choices and happy with our work. Relax people, it is OK for nurses to disagree on issues.
    Well, if it's just signing a card, yes I'll do that if I have to. That's not a big deal, time wise. But it IS asinine, make no mistake about that.
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    I recently heard of a hospital automatically sending a thank you card to a patient who had died their. I'm sure that boosted his still living wife's satisfaction survey scores...
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    Quote from madwife2002
    The worst part of the thank you cards included a tear off piece where you could name the best nurse you had during your stay.
    If it was your name then you got a $5 bonus for each one, it was soooooooo embarrassing plus there were nurses who would actually 'force' the pt to write their name so that they would get $5 plus if they had the most at the end of the month they got a bigger bonus!

    It was almost like prostitution I felt

    Really? Wow, that's just. . .eeewww, as in yuck. . . as in tacky, tacky, tacky. . .
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    Next they will include a coupon for 5% off your bill if you send in survey within a week of discharge and refer 2 patients or maybe a free bag of normal saline next stay.
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    You could always write the thank you notes in whilst sitting on the potty. I'm surprised management hasn't tapped into that.
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    Quote from trueblue2000
    . I don't know, maybe we are just not bitter about our professional choices and happy with our work. Relax people, it is OK for nurses to disagree on issues.
    It's ok to disagree, but apparently if we disagree with you we're whiny, lazy and bitter about our professional choices?
    Quote from tokmom
    You could always write the thank you notes in whilst sitting on the potty. I'm surprised management hasn't tapped into that.
    I'm always too busy answering my phone when I'm on the potty.


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