Quote from AcosmicRN
Sorry, but I disagree. I don't want administrators on my floor doing CNA work. It's not their job, they're probably not that good at it, and they really need to be busy doing what they are hired to do for the hospital. Besides, it really is counterproductive to a thinking-mind's morale--this symbolic gesturing. The idea that they are sooo much higher and better that it is only fitting that they sink down into the gutter with us rats every once in a while is demoralizing. I think everyone has their own job to do and CNAs are important just as administrators are important. In fact, if the mission of the hospital is patient care, a CNA is probably even more important. For each administrator there's probably a dozen people waiting in the wings to take over when they finally drop in the cafeteria line. Not so with good CNAs.
I don't need administrators to know how I feel. I need them to maximize the profits of the hospital while paying me as much as they can.
I have to disagree with you on one point .... I want administrators to know what the conditions on the floor are like. I want them to experience first hand the challenges and struggles that the nursing staff have to endure, even if it is a token shift and once in a blue moon. All too often, the administrative types are stuck in the ivory towers, in their beautiful offices, wearing their neat little suits and ties and forget what the mission is. Get their butts on the floors, make them look at how the policies they are setting down impact the nursing staff and ultimately patient care. Let them feel the frustration we feel with understaffing, equipment that is so old, my gradmother used it when she was a nurse and how poorly other departments interact with nursing. Let them provide excellent customer service with no tools to work with!
In my opinion, this is the reason that health care is so bad today and declining. Administrators that use to be on the floors or in lower level positions have forgotten what it is like to be the grunt and do the grunt work. Worse yet, some of these MBA's coming out of school and becoming hospital administrators, have no clue what it is like to provide services to a patient or their family. Sometimes they have no clue! It is high time that more hospitals take this approach. I can tell you, it would send my morale through the roof to see the CNO or administrator working on the floor with me.
As far as making profits and paying you more .... wake up .... they are already making major profits
..... know who is getting the money
???? not you, not me ... the CEO
! :angryfire Get their butts on the floor!