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- May 6, '12 by Jenni811Quote from Hygiene QueenHa!!! Yup. Then administration never ever lets us forget about this either when we claim "they never listen"So true.
Then when they fix the problem that they created, they give themselves a big ol' pat on the back for fixing the problem...
And don't anyone dare remind them where the problem came from in the first place!
- Quote from tokmomI do remember that! And although I sit on the RN union negotiating team, I wrote to all our staff about how this was a very bad precedent, probably illegal, and that facilities commensurate to the techs' homes should be provided while they were just hanging out. Oh, and that they were to be called only if OB needed them.This was actually the demand from a doc, who no longer works there, part of a group who recently bailed....you porbably know her, too, tokmom.So you remember that too TNT? OMG, that was so stupid. Gotta love that certain facility, lol.I did not know they expected the techs to be lazing around with no extra pay! What if they said no? My guess is they were shown their walking papers. Yep, certainly don't miss that place!
- Think how much time they could save by carrying their blood drawing tray on the housekeeping cart?
- May 6, '12 by floridanurse1983Quote from nurseclmHow stupid can policy people be at that place. Although I keep picturing in my head "Which way did it go George, which way did it go?"This is not a nursing story but I hope you will appreciate it. My former employer had a policy the if there was a "tornado warning" the Engineering Dept. would send someone onto the roof of the hospital to determine in which direction the tornado was moving. I laughed and laughed and asked, "And how much do they pay these people?" This policy was in place for years until I guess someone finally said, "Duh, is this really what we want to do?"
By the way, when I came out of school 41 years ago, we washed beds, drew blood, served trays, and any other duties as assigned. We loved nursing! Sad to see so many people today unhappy with nursing. I do understand why though.
- Quote from Jenni811That is coming back. Our admin, just a few months ago decided nurses would wear white because The Cleveland Clinic has that policy. We told them no. But did compromise by taking a vote by nurses who chose navy. It's all window dressing, as if looking professional changes anything.i can't really top the housekeepers drawing blood. but our facility came up with the brilliant idea of nurses wearing "all white"that didn't last but a year when nurses all came with "yellow tinged" scrubs with pen marks on the pockets and unidentifiable stains. (personally, i think nurses did it on purpose to make a statment). it was the year before i was hired, so thankfully i got hired a couple months after they changed it to navy blue as it "looks more professional" (why can't administration just admit they were WRONG by requiring all white?)
- May 6, '12 by KelRN215Quote from woohMy former hospital decided to treat NG and G-tubes as sterile lines briefly and instructed people to scrub the ports with alcohol for 15 seconds prior to accessing them, use only sterile H20, use a new sterile syringe every time, throw away the rest of the bottle of sterile H20 (they were 60 mL bottles and we'd be using like 10 mL to flush these tubes in these kids) after using it once, etc. Almost no one complied with it and then they realized that the evidence didn't support any of it and spent as much time and energy rescinding the policy as they did creating it. Now they get mad when people use sterile H20 for anyone other than oncology or transplant patients because of the "budget".Just recently we were told we have to wear gloves and a mask to replace a bag of IV fluids. They finally realized that was stupid, but are still requiring it if the fluids are going into a central line.
How much compliance you think they're getting with that?
- Gotta love who count beans for a living!
- May 6, '12 by JZ_RNRequire one of the 2 nurses on the floor to remain in the dining room while patients eat due to "family complaints" (Okay, and all her patients will get their meds a jillion hours late and she will be behind because of it?)
Mandatory 10 am meetings on every monday (yeah the 7p-7a people... none of us stayed for that and none of us showed up mondays we worked or even mondays off for that matter lolol)
Staff cuts because we had a low census on one floor... but they didn't cut any staff on that floor.... they cut MY floor's staff... when we had a full house.
Staff cust period because of the budget, then paid 18,000 dollars on a program that gives us all "educational information" like on "culture change" (which we don't do) and "healthcare worker drug abuse awareness" (I don't do drugs, that's all the awareness I need)
- May 6, '12 by Not_A_Hat_PersonBefore I was a nurse, I worked at a coffee shop. One day, management decreed that if someone agreed to cover a shift, and they didn't show up, it would be a no-call/no-show for the employee who didn't show up AND the employee whose shift was supposed to be covered. That didn't last long.
When I worked in assisted living, the management decided to save money by not replacing dining room servers who quit. Instead, aides and nurses would "help" the dining room staff serve dinner. Serving could be very confusing; residents could have one of 2 entrees or the "light plate." Some people got lunch dishes at dinner (and vice versa). People would change their minds or their seats. Nursing staff received no training, and some of us had never waited tables. If a server called out, the charge nurse had to either draft someone to wait tables, or do it themselves. After trying (and failing) to play waitress one weekend, my boss and the dining room supervisor (I didn't know there was one) had a chat with me. I responded "So if I need a med tech, can I just pull a random server aside, give them the MAR, and say "You've get the first floor?" That ended when they revamped the dining room service.
After a lot of battles over scheduling, my manager started hiding the schedule. Our scheduler had a habit of changing peoples' schedule after it was posted, without telling them. Setting people up for an accidental no-call/no show didn't go over well.Last edit by Not_A_Hat_Person on May 6, '12
- May 6, '12 by HeartsOpenWideQuote from tokmomThat is illegal in my state.A former facility thought they could multi task the housekeepers by having them be lab techs. If they were in a room cleaning, they could drop their mops and get a few vials of blood for us. That lasted about a month before it was thankfully stopped.
I remember watching them learn to draw blood. They were given a 30 min tutorial on a rubber arm.