I never want to hear those words from you again
- 21Sep 13, '10 by SuesquatchRNHeh.
From the admin to me, this morning, about staffing. My magic words were, "We're always short."
We have 120 beds. 38 are mine. 20 of those people are totals. Hoyers. We are supposed to have 17 aides on days, 6 on my unit. Total today 15, 2 called off, 13. 4 on mine. One leaving early, another who works as "the early girl*."
Ooookay. We are, on occasion, staffed at less-than-ideal levels. Now is it not an elephant in the living room?
* I cringe when they are referred to as "the girls."
- 12Sep 13, '10 by ktwlpndo you kiss your family with that dirty mouth of yours? How dare you use that nasty language. I love how admin assumes that all of the residents are so cognitively challenged that they won't figure it out for themselves-especially when they see you showering other residents.... And the "my girls" or "the girls" thing makes my skin crawl,too.Let's just infantisize everyone-residents and staff...
- 8Sep 13, '10 by MoogieI guess I didn't pick up on the sexual implications of the term "the girls" as much as I did the way it demeans women (and excludes men!) involved in direct patient/resident/client care. I just think it's condescending to refer to a female over high school age as a "girl". I used to cringe when I worked LTC and would overhear another nurse refer to the CNAs as "the girls".
Short-staffing is never cool, regardless of whether workers are referred to as "CNAs", "nurses" or "the girls".
- 10I feel your pain. At least one person calls in per shift everyday. There are 30 residents on my hall alone and 60 total on the entire unit. 3 aides on my hall and 3 aides on the hall right next to me. I would say at least half of my residents are hoyers. I would say there are only about 2 residents that you just remind them to wash up and take out linens and the rest are totals. If I do not have a good team that wants to work it is a really bad day.
I really can not blame the aides when they call off because there are times when you just get tired of being worked to death. However, it does make it that much harder on the rest of us that do show up.
Yep upper management would prefer that I just shut my mouth most of the time too. I will not give them the pleasure of me keeping my mouth shut.
- 13Sep 13, '10 by SuesquatchRNI'm just pi$$ed. I said it to her privately. However, I had my rear handed to me last week in the daily meeting when I (and another RN manager) raised the issue. Not the right time or place. So what is the point of these meetings? You take 1/2 hour - 45 minutes out of every morning, we are your managers, and we are not permitted to raise the issues we're having?
- 15Quote from SuesquatchRNOh the wonderful joys of meetings. The point of the meetings are to tell you all the things that you and your fellow nurses on the floor are doing wrong. Oh and to tell you how you are going to make an impossible situation possible. It most certainly is not so that you can raise a valid point that they may need to fix an ongoing problem.I'm just pi$$ed. I said it to her privately. However, I had my rear handed to me last week in the daily meeting when I (and another RN manager) raised the issue. Not the right time or place. So what is the point of these meetings? You take 1/2 hour - 45 minutes out of every morning, we are your managers, and we are not permitted to raise the issues we're having?
You think 1/2 hour - 45 mins is bad. One of the managers where I work told me the other day that she is forced to attend so many meetings that she is only on the floor for approx. 2 hours a day. That tells me they are paying a whole lot of people to sit around and talk about how they are going to fix problems, rather than going out and fixing the problems.