Something Smells (And It's Not the Roses) - page 4

by rn/writer Guide | 9,343 Views | 35 Comments

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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    Hot damn that was well-written!
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    Quote from billyboblewis
    Its called marketing and it is based on the American system of competiton. Unfortunately it is the only information some people have to base their healthcare decisions on.
    The truly sad part is that the marketing could still be as effective, maybe even more effective, if it was based on the items that truly make a hospital excellent. Such things as letting the public know that your hospital has the best staffing to patient ratios of both nurses and aides, that the hospital has lowest amount of hospital acquired infections, that the emergency department has an attached urgent care unit that facilitates rapid emergent care in the actual ED and lessens wait time for non life threatening complaints because it isn't all jumbled into one spot.

    These things might not sound as nice as flat screen TVs in every room, cookies and toast delivered to bedside on request and little cookie cutter looking staff running around in their color coordinated scrubs or pristine white uniforms fluffing your pillows but I believe most of the public does want to know what really matters whenever one is hospitalized. They do want to be educated about the realities because most folks absolutely do not know enough of the facts to make informed choices.
    Jarnaes, gypsyd8, and rn/writer like this.
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    Quote from tntrn
    And our place just decided nurse would start wearing white......I guess our scores are lower than they are telling us. Of course, the bargaining unit, and I participate on the bargaining committee, said "no way, no how." The nurses did a little vote and Navy was the chosen color. Okay, but even after we pointed out to them that patients still don't know who the nurses are, it's a done deal, I think.

    And we are hearing rumors that our hospital is for sale. Well, that wouldn't be the end of the world. I can think of a couple of groups around that have happy employees. Also hearing the rumor that our OB unit is not long for this world. My retirement plans are perfectly timed, I think. But I worry and fret over my co-workers who still need and want to work....some are young and have decades ahead of them.

    Our nurse manager of less than 18 months just resigned her position effective 12-31 and will take a med-surg staff position.....we are wondering if that is another indication that big changes are afoot.
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THE PC quote!!
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    Thank you for writing so well what so many of us feel. We are not nurses, we are not even people.... " Welcome to {insert name of your work place here}, our friendly nursebots will be happy to help you!" All of our valuable input is discarded, none of the decision making is based on our daily reality and the policy makers don't care as long as the bottom line is met. The changes in health care in general and in nursing specifically have definitely declined. Unfortunately I don't see it getting better anytime soon.
    Chiggysmom and fiveoffive like this.
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    I agree 100%. Very discouraging. Thank you for such a well written article.
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    I am so glad this got bumped up. Otherwise, I would've missed such a wonderful article. The parallel with scentless roses is so apt! I feel like all this corporate transformation that blots out respect for their workers and their individuality but turns them into mindless robots has changed many industries for the worse. I can't believe it's happening in healthcare too.

    Thank you (belatedly) for the well-written article, rn/writer!


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