Unit staff meetings...

  1. We have monthly unit staff meetings...a friend e-mailed me from work this morning and said the one today is an hour and a half long.... We usually have 2 meetings, one in the AM and one in afternoon. I'm sorry, but after being at work full-time the last thing I want to do is go in on my day off, and sit there for an hour and a half and be told of all the things we do wrong and how much more paperwork we are going to be assigned....guess it just goes along with my negative attitude....
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I feel your pain. I can go ya one better. OUR staff meetings are always held during DAYshift hours, say 4 or 5. I always ask how many dayshifters would be willing to come in at 4 a.m. for a meeting? I MEAN! Oh and no, I don't make it to such meetings. I need not explain why. I have to sleep, eat and take care of my family like anyone else. When ya leave me no reasonable alternative, I don't extend myself for you.
  4. by   renerian


    renerian
  5. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
    I feel your pain. I can go ya one better. OUR staff meetings are always held during DAYshift hours, say 4 or 5. I always ask how many dayshifters would be willing to come in at 4 a.m. for a meeting? I MEAN! Oh and no, I don't make it to such meetings. I need not explain why. I have to sleep, eat and take care of my family like anyone else. When ya leave me no reasonable alternative, I don't extend myself for you.
    Debbie,

    I feel for you. I know when I used to work 3rd shift as a CNA many moons ago, the staff meetings would always be at 2pm. HELLO!! That would be like pulling one of the day persons out at 2am for a meeting. At least at the facility I am at now, they have a meeting at 7:15 am so the night shift people can attend....if they don't fall
  6. by   ratchit
    I've never seen a meeting for day shifters held at 8pm after a 12 hour shift. An 8am meeting is just as rude to night shifters as that would be.

    My last job held meetings at 10am and 2pm and wondered why night shifters didn't show up. After the new manager asked why, she added a night shift meeting- at 6:30 am. Like they had nothing else to do at that hour!

    To boot, the meetings were mandatory. Being absent was held against you at evaluation time. And the meetings were only held on one day- if you were off, you were expected to come in and either take the shuttle bus from the remote parking lot or risk a parking ticket for being in a "patient" parking area. I had doctors appts, planned LONG in advance, on two meeting days. I got an email challenging my absences.

    I work somewhere else now. <g>
  7. by   ceecel.dee
    Any suggestions on how to please ALL?

    The noc shift feels left out, like with only a skeleton staff on they would be able to leave the floor.

    The day shift is running in circles, so none can leave the floor.

    The evenings are not to attended due to undisturbed family time.

    We offer 3 different times in one day; 0730, 1030, and 1830. We are still lucky to get half to show up.

    If you are not part of the solution......
  8. by   baseline
    Depending on the unit and its staffing and busy times, most managers I worked with tried to accomodate everyone. For ex: One of the units had it at 6pm and 6 am. One manager had day shift times one month alternating with nite shift times the next. Its never perfect, but its not impossable.
  9. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Here is a solution to nocs not attending mettings: Do not have meetings. Most meetings I have ever been to do not accomplish anything.
    Staff does not care if you have pizza at the meeting or whatever. I am so annoyed when I am exhausted from always working like a dog, I drag myself in on a day off, or in the middle of my sleep time for a meeting, only to be presented with a perky little pizza party by mgmt.
    We are supposed to sit there and act grateful for the pizza or veggie tray. Such BS.

    If there really are important things that must be communicated to nocs, tape record the day shift mtg, and leave it for nocs to listen to.
  10. by   ceecel.dee
    Originally posted by Hellllllo Nurse

    If there really are important things that must be communicated to nocs, tape record the day shift mtg, and leave it for nocs to listen to. [/B]
    No....there are only important things to be figured out as a group of peers on days and evenings.
  11. by   Tweety
    Our meetings are held at the end of the night shift and beginning of the day shift so both shifts are expected to be there. No one ever comes in on their days off, including myself.

    They are usually quite brief thank Goodness, no more than 15-20 minutes.
  12. by   neneRN
    Our unit is split into four teams according to the shift we work (weekday nights/days, weekend nights/days). Each team has a meeting once a month, starting a half hour before our normal shift and lasting for an hour.
    Only drawback is that the shift oposite has to stay a half hour longer. (i.e.,I work 7A-7P, so have to be at work at 6:30A on meeting days; on that day night shift has to work until 7:30A when meeting is over)
    We have the option of not attending the meeting if we read and sign the minutes of the meeting. Of course that counts against you at eval time, but not by enough to worry about.
  13. by   sanakruz
    These things are agonizingly painful to all involved. Make a news letter and sent it e-mail. All finished.
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    most the meetings I have attended cease to be useful after about 30 minutes......too bad, most last over an hour to 90 minutes. It's crazy and a total waste of time, precious time. If you want to make ME happy( someone here asked) then make the meetings at MORE THAN ONE TIME and MAKE THEM SHORT AND USEFUL. Not on and on droning and complaining.......THAT would MAKE ME happy....

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