The math doesn't add up - page 10
I'm a math person, so it really bothers me when my manager asks us to do an additional task or duty without subtracting a current task or duty. The math doesn't add up. Our current duties take up... Read More
Dec 13, '12Quote from monkeybugThankfully am out of the setting where this word had been used with some frequency....and am now in one where it's never used......but the word "pooty" is stuck in my head permanently.Maybe it's a regional thing, but we heard it a lot. Dook or Dookie for vagina. I've given up being surprised at the names people will use when they could simply say "vagina."
Dec 13, '12Quote from samadams8Hmmm...now if only we could find a way to alter our entire cultural perception that a client is a person paying for and utilizing goods and services.... Then, surely there wouldn't be so much confusion....I disagree. Just b/c someone is a client doesn't take away the essential role/position of patient anymore than when someone pays for their education, they are no longer students. One real motivation behind referring to patients as clients, was to get patients to see their role of responsibility in their care and treatment, so that they could partner with health providers for optimal outcomes.
Oh well . . .
At any rate, maybe we could make up a new word. For example, claptients, could be used; but that brings to mind a STD or something. "Wait. I have to examine the clap in bed 3."
If that were actually the case and not just smoke and mirrors, then the terminology should have been changed to something befitting, like "partner."
Dec 13, '12Isn't anybody concerned that the nurses giving the care are no longer doing the assessments and planning the care, since they are writing cards and the manager is doing all that?
When is the manager going to have the time to do all those admissions, anyway? And reevals and new plans? I would seriously ask her this question.
You could say, "Great! I can't tell you how much I would really like to sit in the break room and write cards while you do my admissions assessments and plans of care! Thanks so much!" and see what she says. You cannot write a plan of care on someone else's assessment-- you can look it up in the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice-- so she just bought herself a big chunka work.
Dec 13, '12Quote from applewhiternWe had one that fell in love with the bestest name for her baby girl: Meconium. We tried to tell her that you can't name your daughter "****" but it went on the birth certificate.Monkeybug, I am not kidding here, but we once had a new mother who wanted to name her baby girl "Vagina." She said she heard someone saying the name while she was in labor, and just fell in love with it.
Or maybe this could be related to the idea of filling out your cards in the bathroom. Be sure to wash your hands.
Dec 14, '12Quote from CheesePotatoYou need your own show or column or something....your writing is priceless! I like reading your posts.Aaaaaaand that little "must do" would effectively spell the end of CheesePotato's nursing career. Really. Because my mind immediately went to the following chestnut:
"Dear Gentleman of 513B--
That we stand here on the cusp of your release from the hospital to long term intensive care, I would like to take this time to reflect on our time together and offer heartfelt thanks.
Thank you so much for not only drinking and driving but going that extra mile for excellence and bringing it all home with a well placed, "LOL U no it buddyz" text that effectively helped you flip your car across a four lane expressway. I mean, I really didn't need sleep anyway, so getting called out at two AM to flood you with blood products, realign your pelvis, both femurs, your tibia, ulna, place a couple chest tubes and rex open a bit of your skull was exactly what I needed. Let us not forget the vomit and blood on my shoes and to the point it saturated my undergarments. I had been meaning to swap them out anyway.
Oh, and those other two that suffered from your awesomeness? Yeah, that just made my night way fantastic.
Ah yes, memories.
Thank you. Truly. Thank you.
Love and snuggles,
Can you say terminated?
For the life of me, I will never understand management. Last year they wanted us to start verbally thanking patients for "allowing us to participate in their care". Really? You flipped your ATV while high as a kite. This is not really a highlight in my world right now, thank you.
But, may I suggest writing out a few quick fill form letters and having them placed on rubber stamps? Think of the time you will save while meeting your quota of thank you letters!
A certain Lemur mentioned something about a Thank You note meme and after I got done coughing my gum back up out of my lung, I decided that was a splendid idea. Give me a day to get it all ironed out, but it will be a sister blog to my current one *see my profile for details. All credit goes to Lemur for something that is pure hilarity and genius. ::salutes::
Dec 15, '12Quote from applewhiternMonkeybug, I am not kidding here, but we once had a new mother who wanted to name her baby girl "Vagina." She said she heard someone saying the name while she was in labor, and just fell in love with it.
Un freakin' believable.
Dec 28, '12My hospital sent a Thank You note after my father died following 3 hellish days,...."We hope you had a pleasant stay, and come back soon for all your medical needs!" It was handwritten by a Customer Service Rep
Dec 29, '12Quote from Firestarter_RNShows how much they really care doesn't it......My hospital sent a Thank You note after my father died following 3 hellish days,...."We hope you had a pleasant stay, and come back soon for all your medical needs!" It was handwritten by a Customer Service Rep
Dec 30, '12Quote from Firestarter_RNI'm sorry about your father. Being with a dying loved one can be traumatic, to say the least.......and to then get such a card.........inexcusableMy hospital sent a Thank You note after my father died following 3 hellish days,...."We hope you had a pleasant stay, and come back soon for all your medical needs!" It was handwritten by a Customer Service Rep
The note you received is a result of some (incompetent) manager getting a half-baked idea, and doing a lazy, horrible job of implementing it. There's nothing inherently wrong in sending out a card to a patient or family, even one expressing condolences. Failing to implement redundant safeguards so what befell you can't ever happen should be grounds for dismissal of that manager.
Dec 30, '12In home health I got cards and gifts from my hospice families frequently. Isn't it weird that we should be the ones to write patient's thankyou cards...shouldn't it be the other way around? Someone said quit whining and just give em a card. It's the principle of it all. If management wants to send out thankyou cards then let them. Stop putting all the extraneous BS onto the nurses; we are busy enough.
Dec 30, '12Quote from tyvinTHIS.It's the principle of it all. If management wants to send out thankyou cards then let them. Stop putting all the extraneous BS onto the nurses; we are busy enough.
Jan 1, '13I am just speechless, I mean, the threads secondary to "Customer Driven" care vs. Holistic Patient Care are terrifying!!! We are headed for a cliff.
Their going to change the ABC's of Nursing Priority to Happiness-Airway-brea....
I know the same thing is happening to MDs and DOs and across the spectrum. We are going to be forced to care more about "Satisfaction" than OUTCOME, and that is just plain scary to me!!
Jan 1, '13You know, I'd love to see a kind of experiment where a hospital is adequately staffed but where administration backs the nurses and customer service is a lot lower on the totem pole than patient care. Then I'd like to see those patient outcomes compared to hospitals that focus on customer service. I bet that the outcomes would be a lot better, patient satisfaction would actually be better because they're getting the care they need from a nurse who's not running off to also try to care for her umpteen other patients, and that there'd be nurses fighting to work at such a place! Sometimes, the way things were done in the past don't need to be changed (reasonable staffing instead of worrying about the bottom line and cutting staff, nurses able to care for patients without worry of being disciplined because they provided the proper care instead of not doing what the patient wanted, etc.).