The math doesn't add up - page 9

by noyesno 17,839 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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    I REFUSE to answer my phone on the potty, the hucs yell at me all the time about it. But seriouslly, I am lucky if I get to pee 2 times on a shift and those 2 minutes are mine.
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    One nice thing about LTC.... I don't miss those stupid cell-phone thingies I had to have as an aide in the hospital.
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    Quote from noyesno
    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 something more, something else needs to be eliminated.

    For example:

    When my manager says, "I'd like you to provide the patient with handwritten thank you cards. These cards will take about 2 minutes to write and distribute per patient." She should also say, "therefore, you no longer have to complete care plans for your patients, as those take about the same amount of time. From now on, I will write the care plans for you."
    Oh. My. Gawd.

    THANK the patients for being patients?? Whatever happened to a patient thanking the NURSE for providing excellent care?

    Me, I think if forced into this silly situation you describe, I'd be writing "Sincerely, Mickey Mouse" and "Best Regards, Wyle E. Coyote".

    Absurd.

    How about suggesting that the money spent on those cards AND the cost of POSTAGE for all those cards instead be given to the staff for a REAL "thank you"!
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    There are pts that are a gift to nursing. Those that I truly feel make me a better person.
    I think I had one last year.

    I didn't have to sign a card to let them know I was glad I was their nurse.
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    You go to Walmart and get a bunch of return envelopes and address/stamp to you - write something on the hospital card to do with thanking your patient for letting you care for them so that you can earn enough money to maybe one day, move out of your cardboard box in the hospital parking lot, and into the Rent-a-Nite motel down the street from the hospital...
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    The health care industry is becoming less and less concerned with the actual act of health care. We need a serious revolution to bring back real health care- none of this pandering to patients and families in the name of the almighty dollar- patient satisfaction scores for better reimbursement, the hotel atmosphere (seriously, who needs a marble lobby and player piano greeting patients/visitors as they walk in), and screwing over the staff (no to minuscule raise, having to pay a higher share of insurance premiums, fewer and fewer perks- I'm waiting for the employee discount in the cafeteria to disappear)- all while the execs are giving themselves bonuses in the seven figure range. This idiotic "thank you" card BS is all a result of this.
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    Quote from MoopleRN
    In the nameofStudorweprayamen.
    LMAO, in our orientation the slogan was "Good ole Studor" to everything. I seriously want the insane amount of money this goofball probably gets from hospitals to peddle his key words and hourly rounding!

    My recent favorite was when my manager told me I should be calling ER to beg report on patients they are handing off to me because "they might be in the middle of something, and it would be team oriented" and I should be just as worried over the 30 pts waiting in the ER waiting room as I am about my six assigned pts on med-surg floor. I laughed at her and said, "Nope, I will continue providing excellent care to my six. By the way, I'm never in the middle of something, regardless of the fact that I didn't get a breakfast break this morning or chance to pee once, and I barely got my 30 minute lunch break during which I fielded at least three calls on my ascom phone!" I also pointed out to her that I will be happy to be more "team oriented" towards our ER when they reciprocate by not sending us new admissions right at 7:00 shift change.
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    Quote from VICEDRN
    I tell my patients my name twice during room orientation and while they can describe me and tell you nice things about me, they NEVER remember my name. In fact, I was just warned that I needed to get the patients to remember my name or I would face discipline even though they can clearly describe me. Please come back and reflect more on this thread when you are out on your own and caring for own patient assignment and discover that thank you cards are a meaningless and demeaning gesture for everyone involved.
    Just last night, a pt asked one of the nurses for one of our "star" cards so that she could write one for the nurse "with the dark hair that's in a bob," which is me. I had had the pt the previous 2 nights, and the pt mentioned my name when the charge nurse rounded at the beginning of the shift. However, by the time she asked for the card and wrote on it, the name on the card was "Nika." Nika is not my name, and in fact, only the 'a' is even in my 5 letter, fairly simple, fairly common first name. The charge nurse did clarify that she was actually talking about me. For the rest of the shift, I was referred to as "Nika" by my co-workers. I guess I should be happy that I'm not being disciplined for her not remembering my name. =)
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    Our "star cards" have a place for staff member's name, then it says, "Description," of course meaning to describe what that staff member did. We got a handful of cards back, with nurse's name, then a description of the nurse. Things like, "Blonde, short, pudgy" or "Old with grey hair." It was the greatest day in the history of those cards.
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    Quote from ItsANurseLife
    LMAO, in our orientation the slogan was "Good ole Studor" to everything. I seriously want the insane amount of money this goofball probably gets from hospitals to peddle his key words and hourly rounding!

    My recent favorite was when my manager told me I should be calling ER to beg report on patients they are handing off to me because "they might be in the middle of something, and it would be team oriented" and I should be just as worried over the 30 pts waiting in the ER waiting room as I am about my six assigned pts on med-surg floor. I laughed at her and said, "Nope, I will continue providing excellent care to my six. By the way, I'm never in the middle of something, regardless of the fact that I didn't get a breakfast break this morning or chance to pee once, and I barely got my 30 minute lunch break during which I fielded at least three calls on my ascom phone!" I also pointed out to her that I will be happy to be more "team oriented" towards our ER when they reciprocate by not sending us new admissions right at 7:00 shift change.

    What the? Beg report? So by calling them and bugging them when they are busy, you are going to make them any less busy, so that they can give you report when they aren't ready?

    I've got to know what people are inhaling lately.


    ED change of shift dump. . .sometimes it can't be helped. . .other times, you just have to wonder.
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