I have been working at this snf a little over a year now and I am quickly losing faith in this whole profession. Firstly, I am a white male somewhat new grad with Filipino bosses and coworkers. There have been a lot of changes going on: the administrator was fired, many of the admissions people have been let go of and today the DSD was fired. What really bothers me is the manner in which they did this. The DSD was in the middle of an inservice with CNA's and they pulled her out and told her she was fired. The poor woman then had to go back in the room and get her belongings in front of the cnas, humiliated. This complete lack of compassion really infuriates me. I have noticed that many of the filipino supervisors dont seem to have much compassion for the residents or the staff. Afterwards, they were joking about what had happened. My point is this: if you are not a compassionate person, then why do you want to work as a nurse? Is there no compassion in nursing anymore? Is this where this profession is heading?
The corporation I work for owns dozens of snf's on the west coast. They do not tolerate us working overtime. I, and my coworkers, routinely work off the clock out of fear of getting fired. I almost never take a lunch break but I must clock out for one every time I work. I've been written up for things that other nurses, the filipinos, routinely get away with. Recently, they introduced more paperwork protocols for events, etc. I find it increasingly impossible to get everything done on time. The standards expect perfection and do not tolerate anything less. I find myself not passing meds to some residents on some nights b/c there simply isn't enough time. I work my ass of but it's never enough and I always feel incompetent. Many of my peers feel similarly but we are all powerless.
What do the rest of you have to say? Have you had problems with fellow nurses of Filipino decent? What should I do?
Apr 10, '13
Well it finally happened. I got fired. Here's what happened: the other night I was working, had an admit to do,etc. it was just me and 2 other nurses in the whole facility, no supervisors, no tx nurse, no Adon, etc. well right before the dinner trays come out I hear this loud thud and screaming. Turns out one of the other nurses had tripped and fallen, hit her head on the way down and had a concussion. So we sent her to er b/c she was in no shape to pass meds. I call the don and tell him we need a replacement ASAP. He's like so and so will be there in an hour. So meanwhile it's just me and this other nurse who's only been there a couple months. The other nurse is pretty much clueless about what's happening- he didn't even realize she had to be sent out. In other words, i now get to manage my patients and the other nurses patients too, so im really stressed out! Fast forward about an hour, I'm trying to pass Her meds and mine which is hard bc she didn't sign half of them out bc she's worked that cart for ages and knows them all by heart. This new resident, who had just gotten out of prison btw starts flipping out, talking about he never got a tray. So the cna's get him one. Well he throws the lid into the hall, almost hits a couple residents. This guys been a problem before btw. At this point I just go off on the guy: tell him that if he's not happy here he's welcome to leave and I call him a word that I shouldn't have. At this point everything just falls apart. He starts getting in my face, threatening me and trying to antagonize me. By this point I've had it, text my don and tell him I quit. But immediately after say I'm not sure but I'm just very frustrated and I really need another nurse to get in here now, which I guess worked bc help finally came in the form of a nurse at the sister facility down the street, which is good bc that "about an hour" the don had said was gonna be more like three by the time the other nurse finally arrived So finally help comes and I make it thru one very unpleasant night. Anyway, that resident told the don what I said and how I went off on him. This guy btw is substance abuser and keeps bringing all these sketchy visitors in to the snf up to no good. So I get called in today and I'm getting canned. I guess my threatening to quit was the last straw and everyone was sad to see me go. I'm really gonna miss working there but I won't miss the horrible bosses I had to tolerate. Turns out the don is probably gonna get fired also. SNFs really are horrible places staffed with wonderful, caring people and managed and owned by money grubbing thieves that should be locked up.
Last edit by richnurse828 on Apr 10, '13