I'm so mad I could throw up! Our manager counts ward clerks and security personnel as part of staffing when figuring the acuity for each shift. Is it just my employer or do other units/hospitals have this assinine practice? They seldom, if ever, get low census days because of the alleged unique nature of their jobs, but I got LCD'd tonight AGAIN because they needed the security guy more than they needed an RN. How helpful will he be when meds need to be passed? Can he take orders from a doc over the phone? What about admission assessments or morning vitals? Will he clean and diaper the LOL paranoid schizo?
What about the worthless suck*** RN who never gets LCD'd for yet-to-be-determined reasons? As a nurse, this idiot would make a great ditch digger.
I realize that favortism, stupid practices, et al, are all too common in our profession: on one hand, if you don't offer to pick up extra shifts or come in early, you're the scum of the earth. But if you're designated 0.6 FTE and the useless a****le is 0.8 FTE, guess who gets LCD'd?
To add insult to injury, who ever at any hospital looks at the damn acuities?:imbar
I know there's no answer for this, but I needed to vent badly.