Things that just annoy me

  1. Our coordinator last night kept sending every non-critical case from the ER to our floor (Med-Surg), until we were out of beds (we have 35 on our unit). Every nurse had 8 pts, except for the poor charge nurse who had 9. WE wound up being short a nurse because that SAME coordinator called her off when we had only 24 pts. Then less than 2 1/2 hours we're a full floor!!! Meanwhile other floors had 24-28 pts!!! And the nurse/pt. ratio 4-1. The coordinator's reason? "Oh i like the way you all do your job compared to the other floors". So pile the work on them double time. GREAT idea.
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    Nope because she knew you guys would double your ratio without complaint. Plus help the budget to boot.

    Don't blame the coordinator, blame yourselves. Taking nine patients with a 4:1 ratio is insane. Stop the insanity.

    Good luck.

    As the wise one sjoe says:

    "We will get exactly as much crap as we will take."

    Edited to add: Don't mean to sound too harsh. I definately feel your pain. I work on a floor like that. We take admissions very quietly, without complaint. And we take anything. We are always asked to go above and beyond. But the good thing is, when I'm in charge at least, when we can't do anymore, I say "stop" and they listen.
    Last edit by Tweety on Jul 26, '03
  4. by   KathleenC
    "Oh i like the way you all do your job compared to the other floors". So pile the work on them double time. GREAT idea.
    I call this being punished for competency

    "Oh, you do it so much better"
    "Oh, you're the smartest one"
    "You're faster than she is"
  5. by   Coldfoot
    Performance Punishment is the label I've heard. Good luck, as they say "No good dede goes unpunished."
  6. by   ktwlpn
    Originally posted by KathleenC
    I call this being punished for competency

    "Oh, you do it so much better"
    "Oh, you're the smartest one"
    "You're faster than she is"
    Yeah-the good old "-pat on the back now bend over for your kick in the azz"
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    i blame the COORDINATOR because this is the only coordinator out of 19 that operates this way.

    say stop to her, she takes it to the top. saw too many faces get stepped on by this person with 28 years under her belt.
  8. by   PJMommy
    I'll toss in my little quote also...

    The problem with being able to walk on water is that every son of a ***** wants you to trot across the lake on an errand.
  9. by   caroladybelle
    Never do well what you do not like doing....

    Because people will insist on having you do it over and over again.
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    How ironic.

    I complain on here about this person, and after at least 13 years (one nurse on this floor has dealt with this coordinator for that long) of pushing people on this floor, she got REPREMANDED for it today. After her boss found out last night that one floor had 1 nurse for every 3 pts., this floor 1 nurse for 8 pts, she saw a problem.

    It was such a big occaision, the senior nurse ordered a pizza to celebrate.

  11. by   mother/babyRN
    Everyone bears a piece of this horrible staffing pie....
  12. by   nialloh
    This could be my floor. I wish you all the best of luck, and that this supervisor is gone, asap.
  13. by   Tweety
    Sounds like this coordinator is a big idiot, that probably plays favorites and punishes those who might challenge her. How do people like that last 28 years? When obviously there is no skill to do the job properly. Sigh....

    Hope this one continues to get reprimanded.
  14. by   nurse51rn
    That sounds like my floor! I work on a 36 bed telemetry unit. On the 10p-6a part of the 6p-6a shift, we have 4 RN's IF the census is >30. BUT, if we have 29, one of us either gets pulled or has a paid on-call. I also need to add that all the heart caths are admitted to this floor also. They start coming in at 4am. Staffing doesn't want to hear that ED is packed (we'll get many of the admits) and/or that we have 4 caths scheduled at 4am and another 4 sceduled for 5am. There have been many pt's admitted to this floor who do not meet the criteria for a tele floor. I could go on and on about this unit, but I just got home from work and need to get some sleep...yes, I work tonight and it will be a repeat of last night.

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