Planetree Nursing Anyone?

  1. Well, here it is, the hospital I am currently at is "going Planetree" I have yet to be sched. to, as I call it, Have my chip implanted. It seems to me that the whole concept is staff doesnt matter. At least that is how it is playing out on my floor. Like I could watch a Pt gouge his eye out with a spoon, but if he said he didnt do that I should shut my mouth because "the patient is always right" I worked in retail and food service before I got into nursing, and the customer is always right, while aggrevating is easily carried out. In healthcare the diabetic that wants 3 sherbets or theTube feed pt that wants his feet up and head down cannot always be right. It seems as though planetree is pushing my hospital from nurse friendly to nonexsistant concern for nursing. Sad considering my facility has won the Ohio nurses choice award like 2 or 3 years in a roq! Any one else out there in planetree land?
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   AlaskanRN
    Apparently I'm out of the loop...

    What is "Going Planetree"?
  4. by   charissa
    Plane tree according to my info, granted i havent been to the mandatory 2 day retreat, if a "philosophy" started in a CA hospital. The system has been spreading and those who accept it become Planetree Affiliate Hospitals. Basically it has good points like treating the whole family, respect, service, ect. . .
    However the overall implimentation of the system, which has multiple points, seems to center on the nursing staff is always wrong no matter what. I had never heard of the concept either. It also seems to be a good excuse for management to never back up nursing, "Well, that really doesn't match the Planetree philosophy . . ."As a matter of fact it has also effected the set up of the new hospital we are building. Grand pianos in the lobbies on each floor, kitchens for the families, bread makers, music piped throughout the hospital, and the nursing staff is being taught things like relaxing massage. There will also be labyrinth walks for pt peace and meditation. Does any one else not want to be lost pushing a code cart through a shrub maze?
  5. by   Brita01
    Originally posted by charissa
    Plane tree according to my info, granted i havent been to the mandatory 2 day retreat, if a "philosophy" started in a CA hospital. The system has been spreading and those who accept it become Planetree Affiliate Hospitals. Basically it has good points like treating the whole family, respect, service, ect. . .
    However the overall implimentation of the system, which has multiple points, seems to center on the nursing staff is always wrong no matter what. I had never heard of the concept either. It also seems to be a good excuse for management to never back up nursing, "Well, that really doesn't match the Planetree philosophy . . ."As a matter of fact it has also effected the set up of the new hospital we are building. Grand pianos in the lobbies on each floor, kitchens for the families, bread makers, music piped throughout the hospital, and the nursing staff is being taught things like relaxing massage. There will also be labyrinth walks for pt peace and meditation. Does any one else not want to be lost pushing a code cart through a shrub maze?

    And soon they'll be wondering why all of the nurses are leaving. Duh!! More contributers to the bedside nursing shortage. But who needs nurses when you can have fresh baked bread.
  6. by   roxannekkb
    Do Plantetree hospitals have more problems with staffing than other facilities? Is their turnover higher, more vacanies, and so on?
  7. by   Gromit
    Kinda figures something like THIS coming out of California.

    Hope that sort of lunacy steers clear of MY facility.

    As if nursing staff didn't have ENOUGH to deal with already.
  8. by   Disablednurse
    I don't mean to be ugly but it sounds kind of dumb to me. Will the pianos not be a riot when someone brings in an unruly two year old who wants to bang on it. That should bring someone out of a coma.
  9. by   jadednurse
    Hippies live! Are they going to paint peace signs in the waiting rooms?
  10. by   Rena RN 2003
    Originally posted by Disablednurse
    I don't mean to be ugly but it sounds kind of dumb to me. Will the pianos not be a riot when someone brings in an unruly two year old who wants to bang on it. That should bring someone out of a coma.



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  11. by   Mimi2RN
    Several years ago we were a Planetree Hospital......there was a piano.....and different musical groups came to entertain, classical music, of course. I can't imagine being ill and having unwanted entertainment. Visitors were in and out at all hours, including kids. Planetree didn't last long.

    Now we close our doors at 8pm and visiting time is over.
  12. by   roxannekkb
    This is the website for planetree, in case anyone wants to read about it. http://www.planetree.org/

    I think the concept of making hospitals more patient friendly (ie, less sterile and cold) is a good one, and most hospitals can be redesigned to make them not only more patient friendly, but more nurse/healthworker friendly as well. A hospital is, afterall, supposed to be a place to heal.

    That said, I think that much of what is thought to help healing, like music and unlimited visiting, can actually be a hindrance. In the NICU, for instance, we always had unlimited parental visiting, and then some parents would get upset when asked to step out at change of shift. Or sometimes did not understand the need for limited stimultion of a very sick infant. Or they wanted to bring 10 family members in at the same time, including a toddler with a runny nose.

    I think much can be done to make the hospital a more desirable place for both staff and patients--made more comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, and more efficiently organized to make the nurses job easier--but stuff like a grand piano, or giving patients forbidden foods is just ludicrous.
  13. by   yannadey
    well said RoxannekKb.
  14. by   P_RN
    If I worked there could they guarantee me I'd look like this?

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