So, I'm leaving my unit of 2 1/2 years - page 3

And the unit is chronically short staffed, chronically toxic, and just about everyone who CAN leave, does leave, whenever they find other opportunities. And so, I'm leaving for another job where a few of us have gone to another... Read More

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    I also concur that management is just not THAT busy. I'm sorry, but are they really literally running from one end of the unit to the other, doing 10 tasks at once, their phone exploding w/ calls, patients yelling/screaming/falling w/ tasks and orders piling up by the minute?

    No. They are not. They are often in their offices, drinking their coffee or wandering the hospital in groups of 2 or 3, coffee cups in hand. It "appears" to me that what they really do is a lot of TALKING, yet really very little action. Now, maybe that's not how it is .. ..but it certainly "looks" that way to those of us sweating it out on the floor everyday. I understand they've paid their dues .... but they're still getting paid to do a job, and getting paid more to perhaps work harder than before??

    I discussed the dysfunction of our unit w/ one of the part time managers, who after hearing some of the stories, just put her head in her hands and shook her head. But I'm sorry -- how could she NOT know this stuff???

    If I was the manager of a floor, I would make it my business to KNOW how my RN's were feeling, thinking about the unit. I would move it to find out what they wanted and at least make it appear that I was trying to make it a good environment for them to operate in and to learn. These managers nowadays just don't get it. We newer grads are coming out of school educated and seeking professional MENTORS who can teach and guide and set an example to follow -- what we get is snarky oversee-ers who seem to delight in knocking you down or instilling fear and finding fault.

    It's just, well, disappointing more than anything. And what I dont' get is that we are told that for every nurse turnover, the hospital spends some $50-60K in training costs? In these lean times and days of accountability, HOW IS THIS STILL TOLERATED?????????
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    I agree SoundofMusic with your last post.
    I can't believe $50-60K is spent on training! And it was funny cos I watched a program last night 'Undercover Boss' I think it was called (USA show), where the boss goes into the work place at ground zero to see what is happening. Well one of the newer supervisors was not helping out when it was busy, just walking away to the tea room and drinking. The boss undercover boss pulled her up for it, & she didn't seem to think supervisors/management had to help out. But he said to her 'THAT IS PART OF YOUR JOB' - to pitch in a hand when it gets busy. She seemed really surprised by this.
    And of course managers are not busy all the time. Do they honestly think we on the floor are not busy? Goodness, are they absolutely blind or something? As I've said in previous posts I've never seen a manager chase after a patient, get the linen trolley when the laundry had no-one to bring it up, or actually (horrors) wash and change a dirty bottom. That would surely be beneath them. I have seen many clinical nurses pitch in, but not the actual managers. They honestly do not think it is their job, because they have 'done their hard graft'. Well I think so what if they have? I have always offered to help others when I am not too busy, it is only common courtesy. Yes managers are a different breed and the good ones often bang their heads against a wall trying to change things. And the CEO's of hospitals know all this, and don't want to be bothered with it all. As I've also said before it's all about speed and greed and big profits for the ones at the top.
    Of course it hurts when you are not acknowledged. I only shed a few tears after I went home after what happened to me, then I thought: I'm not wasting one more tear on those people anymore, cos they won't care anyway. My manager actually told me that I wouldn't get a job back at that hospital & she wouldn't give me a reference (as if I cared), and I did get work back there - you should have seen her face when she saw me again! I just smiled, said hello and walked on! She was flabbergasted.
    They will go on and on terrorising others, have high staff turnover and wonder why. But most managers are vidictive and do make others lives hard to get them to leave if they think you are unhappy or just want you out. Most managers, in my experience, are unhappy people & usually stay in their job for the money. I wonder what their homes lives are often like, do they not pitch in at home, scream at their kids, kick the dog? Probably.
    You have to be selfish at times and just think of yourself in stressful times like this. Think ahead to a great future - and next time you go to the gym, rip into that punching bag and just imagine it's the manager's face -that's what I do!!

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