Nursing Supervisors=Telemarketers

  1. Heh, heh, fortunately I have the nrsg supervisor office phone programmed into my cellphone caller ID, and also the supervisor cellphone I, of course, know by heart. As soon as I got that call today, I ignored it, and proceeded to temporarily disconnect our landline, which is my secondery number they are to call, thereby totally bypassing even talking to the nursing supervisor who was looking for a last minute shift replacement.

    I would hate to be a nursing supervisor. They have to be like telemarketers. They have to make nice to everyone in the hospital in order to seduce them to pick up extra shifts.
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  2. 28 Comments

  3. by   RN1989
    Ahhh, a nurse after my own heart. And my mother has complained for years about why I spend money on caller ID. I always have a phone with caller ID and a ringer that you can turn off.
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    I'm here to tell you, it's not much fun on the OTHER end of that phone, either. I've been yelled at, hung up on, and cussed out........most often by the husbands/boyfriends of staff members. To say the least, I don't enjoy calling people in to work on their days off, but sometimes it's necessary, and once in a while I'd appreciate the courtesy of an answer, or a return call---even one saying you won't come in. You don't have to justify it, you don't have to tell me why..........just respond and say No so I can go on to the next person on the list!
  5. by   inshallamiami
    Quote from mjlrn97
    I'm here to tell you, it's not much fun on the OTHER end of that phone, either. I've been yelled at, hung up on, and cussed out........most often by the husbands/boyfriends of staff members. To say the least, I don't enjoy calling people in to work on their days off, but sometimes it's necessary, and once in a while I'd appreciate the courtesy of an answer, or a return call---even one saying you won't come in. You don't have to justify it, you don't have to tell me why..........just respond and say No so I can go on to the next person on the list!
    mjlrn you sound SOOOO nice! Why can't I ever get a supervisor like you? I promise to mend my ways and in the future will try to be courteous and answer or return the call (if I can get another job!)
  6. by   RN1989
    If all sups were like you, people would probably answer their phones. Unfortunately, many sups like to do the wheedling, guilting, begging, coercing thing and if that doesn't work, some even threaten you will all kinds of stuff when you refuse to come in. As a manager, I desperately want people to come in because otherwise I have to work and you just can't do it all, but as a staff nurse, I can't work every shift either. Thus, not answering the phone and turning off the answering machine is the nicest way I can come up with to avoid issues with stresssed and sometimes hateful supervisors. There really is no good fix for these issues - we just need things to get better so there is only a need to get staff when someone calls in sick instead of being chronically shortstaffed.
  7. by   Jabramac
    I work as a sup too and I got to say I can't stand calling in extra staff. I agree, we get yelled at, snarled to, and people who are just down right mean. I know it's irritating to get calls at all hours of the day/night, but I wouldn't call if they didn't need the help. We have a nice computer system that allows comments staff can request like "do not call before 8am... No night shifts... no extra shifts on the weekends..." These requests are almost always respected and it is really helpful for us to not have to call.

    I actually don't mind getting answering machines. It saves me from having to listing to some snarls on the other end. In this day in age I know that if someone doesn't answer the phone and I leave a message 1)they aren't home and probably can't work 2) they are screening the calls and wont work 3) they may take some time to think about it and decide the money is worth it and call me back later. Other wise, I don't really need everyone to call me back to tell me no.

    I also want to mention that when the floors run short staffed it hurts your coworkers the most. If no one can come in to work I'm not going to work the floor, I have my own work to do, so it's your peers that suffer. Administration doesn't care, they wont come in to work the floor.
  8. by   EmmaG
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  9. by   Agnus
    Doesn't anyone know how to say no? Shees. They are doing their job.
  10. by   EmmaG
    Quote from Agnus
    Doesn't anyone know how to say no? Shees. They are doing their job.
    As night charge, it was my job. Supervisors rarely if ever made these calls. I hated waking people up early in the morning, but I never harassed or coerced, simply asked. I'd sometimes try to make a 'deal' by switching them out on another day if it was really bad, figuring at least that way the manager would have time to fill that slot.
  11. by   FireStarterRN
    Quote from mjlrn97
    I'm here to tell you, it's not much fun on the OTHER end of that phone, either. I've been yelled at, hung up on, and cussed out........most often by the husbands/boyfriends of staff members. To say the least, I don't enjoy calling people in to work on their days off, but sometimes it's necessary, and once in a while I'd appreciate the courtesy of an answer, or a return call---even one saying you won't come in. You don't have to justify it, you don't have to tell me why..........just respond and say No so I can go on to the next person on the list!
    Hey, I'm polite. My cellphone has a voicemail, I promise!

    I'm having a nice stretch off here, and trying not to think of work though, and I've been getting too many calls lately, sorry, but I don't want to even talk to them. I just want a psychological break from that place and it's problems.
  12. by   happydays352
    Quote from RN1989
    If all sups were like you, people would probably answer their phones. Unfortunately, many sups like to do the wheedling, guilting, begging, coercing thing and if that doesn't work, some even threaten you will all kinds of stuff when you refuse to come in. As a manager, I desperately want people to come in because otherwise I have to work and you just can't do it all, but as a staff nurse, I can't work every shift either. Thus, not answering the phone and turning off the answering machine is the nicest way I can come up with to avoid issues with stresssed and sometimes hateful supervisors. There really is no good fix for these issues - we just need things to get better so there is only a need to get staff when someone calls in sick instead of being chronically shortstaffed.
    Or outright lies. My mom was telling me about her sup calling her at 11pm after she got off a double shift 24 hours! Then telling her if she didn't come in she would be disciplined. My mom pulled out her union regs and read the lady the riot act. She hasn't called back since, I think she's afraid. Lol do not mess with a nurse's sleep.
  13. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    It's not just the supervisor-

    When I was a floor nurse LPN, it was often delegated to me by the RN (nocs) to call everyone at home, and call all the agencies to find staff when someone called in sick.

    I preferred it when staff took their phones off the hook or just didn't answer- over getting yelled at for calling. They probably don't yell when a supervisor is the one calling.
  14. by   SuesquatchRN
    The first place I worked - and the first place that fired me - actually sent an aide to my house to bang on my door to get me to pick up a shift.

    I wasn't home.

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