Something Smells (And It's Not the Roses) - page 3

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In my job as a postpartum nurse, I take care of moms and newborns. This is a happy place to work. The rooms are filled with proud parents, beautiful infants, and picture-snapping relatives. Cute Onesies lie on the table, and... Read More


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    LOVE it! Sounds so very much like a certain hospital in my town - I'd almost put money down that you are writing about that particular hospital. It's probably the "purdy-est", most well-decorated hospital in town, but imho it also provides some of the crappiest MEDICAL care (although you will get plenty of warm blankets and a GIFT if you are upset about something). I fear the hospital where I work is thinking of heading in the same direction - and I hope I am wrong. Thank you for an article that was RIGHT ON!
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    rn/writer,
    You are so-o right in your observation of the situation. I fear for nursing in the future. I have about 8-10 years left in the working field (8 if I work to 60 and 10 if I work to 62) and I am just counting the years down now. I am no longer proud of the nursing profession, I think it's a darn shame what it's been turned into and continues to decline into. I would have never become a nurse, had I known this is what it was going to be like. BTW - We are one of the hospitals that went all white a few years ago. I didn't like that they took away our individuality, nobody else seemed to notice that or complain about it so I was glad to see you mention that. It was so nice to be able to buy a new scrub, now that it's just white, I don't get that same satisfaction out of buying and wearing a new scrub. Pretty much all of our autonomy has been taken away from us and we are not included in any decision making processes. We have really been put in our places, so to speak, that we are only employees and we work for them!
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    Quote from Leda1st
    LOVE it! Sounds so very much like a certain hospital in my town - I'd almost put money down that you are writing about that particular hospital. It's probably the "purdy-est", most well-decorated hospital in town, but imho it also provides some of the crappiest MEDICAL care (although you will get plenty of warm blankets and a GIFT if you are upset about something). I fear the hospital where I work is thinking of heading in the same direction - and I hope I am wrong. Thank you for an article that was RIGHT ON!

    Sure does sound exactly like the hospital where I work as well and I wonder the same thing?
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    Sounds like my hospital also!! We are in the process of color coded uniforms and we will get a vote. Isn't that wonderful? I wonder if they will be supplied? Robot nurses here we come. We give out little gifts also. What a joke to see these stuffed animals given out. And we give out "guest trays" for family members who like to show up at meal time only. I take those out of the system. I give them to the ones who are actually helping. And, if you complain that you just can't get to see your family member.......guess what? We give out taxi vouchers. And our OB section is another story. These new moms are expecting to be at the Hyatt. I don't know about you, but when I was in labor I was not thinking about the design of the room.
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    Quote from brandy1017
    Leave it to corporate healthcare to create the PR solution, the perfect stepford nurse, ready to clone as needed whenever, wherever!
    I hadn't read your reply yet but I was already thinking "are they trying to make/mold us into Stepford like nurses?". I definitely think they want us to be non-thinking (except when it suits them, like critical nursing skills-but anything outside of that-they don't want us to even think for ourselves!)!
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    Quote from rosebud5
    Remember this isn't about Healthcare anymore, it's about who is the best regardless of the care given and who can offer the cheapest price. That is where the smoke and mirrors come into play !

    So sad . . . but so true.
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    Quote from ebear
    OH! Would I love to send a copy of this to corporate! THANK YOU, rn/writer.

    Alas, they wouldn't care. If they cared at all, we wouldn't even be having this conversation right now.
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    Quote from Leda1st
    LOVE it! Sounds so very much like a certain hospital in my town - I'd almost put money down that you are writing about that particular hospital. It's probably the "purdy-est", most well-decorated hospital in town, but imho it also provides some of the crappiest MEDICAL care (although you will get plenty of warm blankets and a GIFT if you are upset about something). I fear the hospital where I work is thinking of heading in the same direction - and I hope I am wrong. Thank you for an article that was RIGHT ON!
    This is, unfortunately, many hospitals all over the country. We're now in the business of giving people what they (think they) want, rather than what they need. The powers that be confuse flash with substance and choose image over ability again and again. If it looks good, it must be good.

    In years past, they could only get so far before ticking off so many nurses that they had to back away from some of the more ridiculous fads and gimmicks lest they have no one show up to care for the patients. Now, with new grads piling up like cordwood, they can afford to alienate some of the best and brightest seasoned nurses because they have fresh meat to substitute. And hey, the noobs are cheaper, too.

    I encourage any of you who have a role in shared governance to keep the faith and try to persuade anyone with half a brain that all of the business (read money) that the smoke and mirrors bring in can be wiped out with one big lawsuit, and the odds of that happening increase exponentially with higher ratios of inexperienced staff and the constant barrage of distracting marketing ploys.
    Last edit by rn/writer on Nov 19, '11
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    We had a meeting where every, every staff member had to attend at 4 hrs of pay. So much $ going into this meeting. First hour was about how wonderful we are as nurses and how it is the most rewarding job in the entire world. We got a lecture on "take 5" which is sit down for 5 min and talk to your patient. Well, if they give up some of the unnecessary tasks, that could be possible but they continue to add and add more ridiculous work. Now here is a good one.......have a young non-compliant diabetic, who continues to lose body parts, and he is allowed to go out and smoke if he has a CNA with him. HA HA. Do you think anyone has time for this? The best part:::: we are a NON-SMOKING campus. Maybe the doc needs to put him in his/her car and drive him to a smoking area.
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    We don't even have "Obamacare" yet. Can you even imagine the regulations and BS that are coming with the Feds controlling healthcare?
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