Why do some DON's and Admin's treat nurses so badly? - page 2

Hello to all my friends who work in LTC/geriatrics/subacute... I worked for my current (kind of) employer for just about 6 years. I really worked hard for them, would pick up extra shifts, worked... Read More

  1. by   WinksRN
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    Hello to all my friends who work in LTC/geriatrics/subacute...

    I worked for my current (kind of) employer for just about 6 years. I really worked hard for them, would pick up extra shifts, worked odd hours, took on extra work with a physician group to do geriatric assessments, etc. Really tried to get established, and I did. I earned respect from the NP's and MD's , and the RN's and LPN's. That is, until I got sick. Really sick.

    So last year, I missed a lot of work. A manager (RN) came to me and told me to file FMLA so I could protect my job. I did, and really took it intermittently. If I felt good, I would pick up days. But it never failed that I would miss some. I had a lot of serious medical issues, and still am battling some of them. My body has become my own worst enemy.

    Now there is a new administrator and a new DON and a new ADON. All brand spanking new management. They have been through about 30 nurses/management since the last two years. I work on a off unit, which is closed. So I haven't been caught up in too much drama until I got sick. I have been through so much with the new DON and really the only reason I haven't quit is because I am using up the rest of my FMLA before I end up going on COBRA. I just don't know why this new managerment team is treating me like I am pond scum. They really love the nurses who don't know what they don't know, and kiss up to the managers. I respect those who give me respect back, and I'm not getting respect now.

    Last paragraph/vent, I promise. I'm currently battling cancer. I'm fighting for my life right now, and I am continually being put on the schedule, almost like they want me to be a No Call/No Show so they can say I "quit". I gave them the papers that my doctor signed after my TAHBSO/radiation treatments saying I need X amount of time off. Yet they keep scheduling me. All I get is lies. They keep trying to call my Oncologist to get info out of him. He tells them to get lost since he gave them the proper documents, and told them they're crossing the line. They have called him at least five times, but deny it to me. I will leave this place, but right now is not the time for me to be going looking for a job. I need the insurance, so I am just trying to hang on. I really enjoyed my work there, loved my patients. I will really miss it.

    I just wish I could get some fair treatment. It seems now they just want a warm body and a license. Okay, vent over. Sorry so long.

    Sorry this is happening to you, I absolutely hate LTC becasue of cases like this, SOOO unpprofessional, file a grievance they can't terminate you under your condition. I worked in LTC the entire time i was a LPN and if I had to stay in one I wouldnt want to be a nurse for long, they have such low morale in some of those places and it can effect how you esteem your role. Hope everything works out.

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