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Joined Apr 2, '03 - from 'Oregon'. klone is a L&D. She has '10+' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Women's Health/OB Leadership'. Posts: 11,397 (55% Liked) Likes: 27,707

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  • 8:06 am

    Great discussion Lev & Co!

    A couple of great quotes from a good manager I worked with as a relatively new nurse back in the 80's:
    "My job is no more important than yours. We merely have different responsibilities."
    And when assigned a task that I didn't care for:
    "You don't have to like it. You only have to do it."

  • May 22

    Since I work in the float pool...a manager that lets you practice autonomously but expects all employees to do their jobs under the company's expectations. It doesn't hurt that she still works at least one day a week on the floor and when we are busting at the seams she will work the floor to help out and put her managerial duties on the burner.

    This may not work for all managers but as I get closer to getting my MSN, I can't imagine not being able to walk out on my floor and be able to jump in to help a drowning staffer (within reason, which she does, she's AMAZING!).

    It also doesn't hurt that she will stand her ground and go to bat for her employees or coach us whenever needed in the most respectful way so when walk away from that meeting you feel like you just let your parent down :-).

    She holds us up with high expectations and gives us the tools (experiences, education opportunities, advancement opportunities, etc) to hold ourselves up to high expectations - without setting us up for failure.

    Can you tell I love my manager ;-)!!!

  • May 20

    I'm a big fan of the CLC program. It's a nice foundation for breastfeeding knowledge for health professionals, and the 5-day length makes it thorough, but not unreasonably long. I've taken it twice now and been very satisfied both times.

  • May 20

    This was Exactly the information I have been looking for!! I wasn't sure what was appropriate for me to take or not and also the lactation course info I found on my own was super extensive and a little much for the current time but your info and options make a lot of sense. Thank you for looking and linking for me and thanks for the variety of options too!!

  • May 18

    Quote from Kooky Korky
    My niece had a CS. She was given Toradol IV, although I thought she was receiving some narcotic. She was expected to care for herself and for baby - lifting him in and out of the bassinet, etc. after having been sliced open.

    She was still in the hospital on POD 3. On POD 3, she was put on oral Rx - Percocet.
    I know this probably sounds evil, but it is normal to expect the mother to participate in and perform baby care after a c-section, even 1 or 2 days after. It's part of the care plan, in fact, to get the mother to participate in and take over care of her infant. Many hospitals are moving towards the model where there is no respite/"well baby" nursery, and babies stay with their mothers the entire time they are in hospital, even c-section moms. The nurses don't do all the care of the infant unless there is a medical reason why the mother cannot perform infant care (e.g., a mother on mag sulfate postpartum who is very sick and very lethargic and has no one with her to help).

  • May 16

    in other words, a money grab

    Quote from klone
    No, the reason is simply because the manufacturer of the Christmas trees have labeled them as single use.

  • May 14

    Quote from soutthpaw
    What religion bans working on weekends? maybe lots of nurses would be interested in joining???
    Saturday is the Jewish Sabbath. It doesn't "ban working on weekends."

  • May 14

    The only part that is your business is the part where your Saturdays are "horrible" (I can't believe that the problem is this one nurse not working them, if you're a unit of any decent size), and that's a matter to take up with your management, not with the union. Talk to your managers about getting better staffing on Saturdays, with concrete examples of how you're stretched thin and/or patient care/safety is being compromised.

  • May 14

    1 - It is reasonable and common to start feeling envious and undervalued when you see a peer being treated "better" than you by management

    2 - You really have no idea if there are less obvious downsides to your peer's arrangement, if she had to give up some things that you take for granted to get her schedule accommodated.

    3 - It's not your peer's fault. If it bothers you that much, try going to management and renegotiating the terms of your own employment. Maybe they'd accommodate some of your wishes if your continued employment depended on it. Or maybe you'll wind up at another job where everyone is treated more equally. That's just business.

    4 - If you ask me, it's probably too small a thing to devote much mental and emotional energy into. But I'm not you. Still, if you go around constantly on the lookout for anyone getting perks not available to you, you're probably going to be unhappy and envious a lot of the time.

  • May 14

    Quote from Purple_Clover
    My niece recently graduated with her BSN and is saying that she has two degrees because she has an ASN and BSN. I've never really thought about this before. What do you guys think?

    On one hand I think that she's technically correct; on the other, I think it's a bit redundant.
    She is indeed correct: she has an associates' degree and a bachelors' degree. Those are two entirely separate degrees, but just both in the same major. Is it any different than having a bachelors' degree and a graduate degree (MSN, PhD, etc.)?

    If she's happy telling the world she has two nursing degrees, then fine by me! Let her handle the explanations when someone asks about that

  • May 12

    Clich├ęs have always been one of my pet peeves, and I make a conscious effort to avoid using them in communication with staff. If I have something to say, I say it in the clearest way possible, and I don't use canned answers. Maybe that isn't thinking outside the box, but there you go.

    I was also amused about the "professional" and "sincere" apology. If it isn't sincere, I don't want it in the first place, and maybe an unprofessional apology is the better choice sometimes. I have never liked the phrase "quality care" either. I usually hear it used by upper level administrative types (read: non-nurses) who need something catchy to say, when their actions pretty much prohibit it from happening. If there is no quality, it isn't really care in my book.

  • May 12

    Quote from Emergent
    We have a new manager at one of my jobs. Every interaction with her sounds like she's following a script learned at a leadership seminar. It feels very fake and insincere, and we all wish she'd go away.

    She likes the phrase "I offer my sincere, professional apology" for instance. She sent an email with the minutes to the staff meeting, and offered the above phrase to preface her apology for sending it later than, I guess, she wanted to. She used it when she sent me an email with someone else's name. I heard her use the phrase in person as well. It's like dealing with an android or autobot.

    She's full of lots of other canned catch phrases. There's lots of talk about team building, over the top praise, and followed by turds containing threats if we aren't compliant, then ending with some more sugary, team building cliches.

    Have any of you experienced this? I'm not a fan of scripting. I'm sure there is value in learning leadership skills, but not if it turns you into an obvious phony.
    It's not leadership to talk like someone's pulling the string in your back.

  • May 10

    So, we are in the process of starting Nitrous at our hospital. From all of the research we have done, most hospitals have a consent form to sign and in that it says that if anyone other than the patient is caught using it, it will be taken away immediatley and that person will be escorted out of the room. We will also exaggerate that upon initiation. Hope this helps.

  • May 10

    Quote from klone
    I lived in N. Denver for 7 years, up until last fall. Personally, I would recommend St. Anthony's over Greeley. Larger, nicer, greater infrastructure.
    Doesn't smell like cow crap....

  • May 7

    Problem is that if we are offering significant OT. We are not staffed well enough to allow anyone to take extended vacations so offering extra vacation that won't be approved...