No longer a nurse?

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    I posted a similar topic under Geriatrics/LTC in specialties - but I'd like to hear from more nurses their opinion so am posting just this part here. My facility has decided that all LPNs and RNs' will no longer be known as 'Nurses' but 'Care Coordinators,' in the spirit of culture change. It's thought that this will make our facility more 'homelike.' It makes me want to quit.

    Please weigh in. I'd love to hear your thoughts. I'm so disgusted right now.
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    I would quickly leave a facility that refuses to recognize my education and my license.
    BuckyBadgerRN, tokmom, loveoverpride, and 21 others like this.
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    There are so many reports of elders liking the idea of being cared for by NURSES. Your administrator should consider the clientele. People come there because they need skilled nursing care, everybody understands that. Unless this is a preview of hiring unlicensed personnel, and they intend to camouflage that by having every caregiver level called the same thing, this is a lousy idea from a marketing standpoint.
    tokmom, Miss_Piggy.RN, Hygiene Queen, and 13 others like this.
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    Another ploy to begin the process of cheaper non licensed personnel to take the place of nurses. I'd look for another position
    Guttercat, VivaLasViejas, MBARNBSN, and 14 others like this.
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    Quote from GrnTea
    Unless this is a preview of hiring unlicensed personnel, and they intend to camouflage that by having every caregiver level called the same thing, ...
    That is my immediate thought ...
    EmilysMama, jtmarcy12, EMR*LPN, and 8 others like this.
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    Sounds like they are going to go with "med techs" rather than licensed nurses. Get out of there!
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    RUN! Run as fast as you can and get away as quickly as you can! You're about to be replaced and downgraded.

    I worked much too long and hard for my nursing license and degrees to lose everything like that. I repeat RUN!
    Guttercat, prmenrs, LonestarJulieRN, and 10 others like this.
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    How does one bill for care coordinator hours?
    MauraRN, SoldierNurse22, NutmeggeRN, and 1 other like this.
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    Wow. How demeaning. I would find another job STAT.
    prmenrs, MauraRN, SoldierNurse22, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from MomaNurse
    How does one bill for care coordinator hours?
    "One" doesn't. Nursing care is never charged for - our hours are lumped in with housekeeping, meals, washcloths and the bedside commode. So, for a hospital to eliminate the nurse's title, education and capability in order to tunnel lesser-qualified (or UN-qualified), non-licensed caregivers into a "Care Coordinator" position is nothing but a win-win situation.

    It's the start of a slippery slope, if you ask me. And for those who say we need to unionize, strike, etc. in order to further our profession and protest the current trend: show me a group of nurses who can afford these days to be without income while they protest and strive for better conditions and I'll show you the nurses who can afford to hold out for better working conditions and respect for our profession. I, unfortunately, am not one of them.
    Last edit by roser13 on Oct 2, '13
    IowaKaren, scceda, MauraRN, and 1 other like this.


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