Over 20 years at the hospital, left and not even a "thank you"???????? - page 5

Hello all, I've been lurking around for quite a while, and I had a discussion with a fellow nurse yesterday that has just set my blood boiling and my blood pressure near the stroke zone. I am... Read More

  1. by   angelwatch
    Everytime God closes one door he opens another. Seek and you shall find.
  2. by   anaknisupernurse
    I am so glad I have a chance to go back to school for something else besides nursing. My mom is a nurse and I respect experienced nurses so much it bothers me to see you folks not getting the credit and the respect you deserve. You folks put in more than just the required effort for years. You deserve better. If cop and firefighters get gold watches when they move on, I think you guys deserve something similar or more.
  3. by   pwp1289
    we usually collect money for a gift, go to a hall, hire a dj ,enjoy a good meal with all that want to come--have had some pretty good parties, "roasts" and dancing--i have been to some where the DON comes and gives a certificate of "meritorious service" etc from director and gives a speech--each party tries to outdo the last one , so they are really something else !!! can't wait for the one next month !!!!!!
  4. by   gitterbug
    Being a good experienced nurse and a good employee are not mutually beneficial. Experience is now thought of as much of a burden as a asset.
  5. by   HARRN2b
    You are too attached to your jobs. I have been in the business side for 20 years. Trust me, no one gives a dam^. Look out for your self. Yes, do your best for your patients but never put your entire soul and being into a corporation. My husband did and had a massive heart attack after his unit closed down. He had put his entire life into his job. NEVER I REPEAT, NEVER do this. You will be old and used up if you do not. As one of my coworkers said to me (and she is a genious) just let the sh*t slide off you. You did your best and if they don't like it, let them do it themselves! Sorry, but corporate America has made me very jaded, and if you ever met me you would think I was the eternal optimist!
  6. by   twotrees2
    Quote from 27YearRN
    Hello all,
    I've been lurking around for quite a while, and I had a discussion with a fellow nurse yesterday that has just set my blood boiling and my blood pressure near the stroke zone.

    I am employed as an RN in a Magnet Hospital and have been there for over 17 years. In the last year we have lost many of our long term fellow nurses to retirement, disability, and job changes. On my own unit, one nurse who was employed for over 25 years went back to school and now works as an APN. Another nurse left to get a job a little closer to home, she had been employed here for over 20 years.

    I had lunch with "Peggy", the 20 year nurse, who told me that the only thing she was told the day she left was to "return your badge and locator, and... don't forget to do your exit survey". She told me she cried every day for 2 weeks because she didn't even feel that ANY of her years were considered valuable by any of the management. Now, she's just ANGRY.

    So I called "Kerry", the 25 year APN nurse, and asked her. She basically said the same thing. No one said "thank you for all your years of service". She feels like she came from a hospital devoid of caring managers. She was a great staff nurse, nurse educator, clinical specialist, assistant head nurse, clinic nurse in her time there, and never had any discipline problems. In addition she was "Nurse of the Quarter" on our unit so its not like she was just a warm body or anything. She (as well as Peggy) were respected by their peers, physicians, and patients in our community.

    Maybe I am too emotional over this, but... I feel like I have a few feathers in my cap, but just CANNOT understand why these 2 valuable, talented women were allowed to leave without some sort of tribute to their many years of service from management! We hear all about the Press Gainey Scores and now our raises are tied to our Patient Satisfaction scores. The questions that are asked on our Satisfaction surveys don't address issues like this.

    I want to address this with our CEN. I am sure she isn't aware of it.

    Do you think I am crazy or overly emotional about this? I am just thinking about how I would feel if I left in a month with my 17 years of service there and all they said was "dont forget to give us your badge at the end of the day". Gee even a little ice cream and cake would be nice...

    Any hints on what I can say when I meet with our CEN?

    And if any of you are in upper management positions, you might want to ask your managers on Monday who has left with quite a bit of time spent there, and were they recognized by the management for all their valuable contributions to your organization?

    Geez... and they are a Magnet Hospital on top of it all!!!:angryfire :angryfire

    try this one on - my best friend who was a nurse at the nursing home i used to work at - had worked there for 25 plus yrs - her hubby became ill with cancer and she took FMLA - her hubby died 1 day prior to her FMLA running out - ( which then she should have been given 3 days funeral leave after he died ) however - the DON and administrator came to the funeral with straight faces and said take all the time you need to come back we got you covered until you are ready ( she was due to retire 4 months later) anyhow - 3 weeks after the funeral she got a letter from the administrator stating she had been fired as of the day her hubby died for not coming back to work after FMLA ran out - ( cant tell me they did not know this a week after he dies and they come kissing her butt at the funeral ) THEN they have the balls to call and ask if they can give her a retirement party ( she said WHAT? you FIRED me !!) they said they KNEW That but had told everyone she had just retired - boils down to this - she had quit a bit of vacation to use up - nearly the whole 4 months they WOULD have had to pay out had they not fired her - and i know tnhey do not have to by law hold a spot for her after FMLA however i also know by experience with it myself they CAN if they so choose allow her unpaid medical leave -they just chose to off her to save them money - sickening to say the least. bust your butt to get what - a big giant stick shoved up it?? sure makes one wonder doesn't it. we made it a point to correct the wrongful accusation she was retired and that they fired her and why to staff and family we met since then - made everyone sick how she was treated and made many of never to trust administration again.
  7. by   twotrees2
    Quote from weezer123
    I guess just because I am in a bad mood today, I say Also "Let the nursing Profession fall to the wayside" Just like Policemen, firefighters, teachers, we are the ones who care but the ones that get the least "RESPECT" I cared for so many yrs . It took me yrs to learn that my company did not care for me. And it was a shocking "Lesson".....

    so sadly true -
  8. by   Agnus
    Quote from twotrees2
    try this one on - my best friend who was a nurse at the nursing home i used to work at - had worked there for 25 plus yrs - her hubby became ill with cancer and she took FMLA - her hubby died 1 day prior to her FMLA running out - ( which then she should have been given 3 days funeral leave after he died ) however - the DON and administrator came to the funeral with straight faces and said take all the time you need to come back we got you covered until you are ready ( she was due to retire 4 months later) anyhow - 3 weeks after the funeral she got a letter from the administrator stating she had been fired as of the day her hubby died for not coming back to work after FMLA ran out - ( cant tell me they did not know this a week after he dies and they come kissing her butt at the funeral ) THEN they have the balls to call and ask if they can give her a retirement party ( she said WHAT? you FIRED me !!) they said they KNEW That but had told everyone she had just retired - boils down to this - she had quit a bit of vacation to use up - nearly the whole 4 months they WOULD have had to pay out had they not fired her - and i know tnhey do not have to by law hold a spot for her after FMLA however i also know by experience with it myself they CAN if they so choose allow her unpaid medical leave -they just chose to off her to save them money - sickening to say the least. bust your butt to get what - a big giant stick shoved up it?? sure makes one wonder doesn't it. we made it a point to correct the wrongful accusation she was retired and that they fired her and why to staff and family we met since then - made everyone sick how she was treated and made many of never to trust administration again.

    Oh no I do not believe this is so cut an dried. The fact they wanted here to come back for a retirement party to cover up what they had done suggest to me that she just may have a legal case here.

    They are pretty stupid to even ask her to do this and then to explain why but then I have seen employers do really stupid things in reguard to firings.

    I was fired from a non nursing job and applied for unemployment. The employer challenged the award of unemployment. So they were granted a hearning. Then at the hearing they were stupid enough to say "we planned to fire her on Nov 23. (the date I blew the wistle on them) but we had to build a case against her.

    They explained to these fools that you don't decide to fire and then build a case and think you can get away with it. You have to have the case before you decide to fire. I collected my unemployment and I never had to open my mouth.
  9. by   Elisheva
    I know this is going to sound so Pollyanna, but my blood is boiling after spending a few weeks on this site. The only people who can change the way nurses are treated is nurses. The problem with that is that there are always plenty of new grads coming up behind you...fresh faced, looking for nice pay, and thinking they can make a difference in the world. I know because that was me.

    I left nursing to work in the corporate world as an exec secretary. I made almost as much money. I got treated to lunches and a couple of working trips. I had a lot of autonomy. I demanded respect and I got it.

    My daughter, God love her, doesn't have any college. She went into the military and became an MP. She makes $20.00 in security, about $4.00 more on the hour than I can make here as an RN. Something is wrong with this picture.

    I don't know how to do it, and I don't know where to start, but nurses need to make some big changes in our profession. Demanding more staff on the floor, being willing to quit if changes aren't made, documenting with the facility the dangers they see everyday.

    Sorry for the rant. It just irks me to see valuable, talented, caring RNs treated like this. I wish someone had an answer. I'm going back in for one last time, but I might just come right back out the revolving front door.
  10. by   karenne40
    No duh. I've always treated nursing as a business and never got caught up with "I'm here for the patients crap" It's a job and when you work for these corps.....they don't give a s ! I go in (for the day ..I only work agency) do my work and leave. If they are desperate for me to do a shift because someonedoesn't show up, it's time and a half or I walk. I will make myself available to help out these facilities and nurses but if they don't pay...I walk. Here's a question for you? After 20-25+ what do you have to show for it? I ask that question to many nurses and EVERY ONE hads said "nothing" That is pathetic. Maybe because I was in business before I got into nursing I get the picture better. By the way, treating it like a business does not mean lack of patient care..
  11. by   Otessa
    [quote=karenne40] I've always treated nursing as a business and never got caught up with "I'm here for the patients crap" It's a job and when you work for these corps.....

    I am there for good patient outcomes but it IS a job. I wouldn't do it if I wasn't paid. I can volunteer my time elsewhere( at my church,kid's daycare,homeless shelter-you get what I'm saying....) and get much more appreciation and personal satisfaction.

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