Abusing staff nurses to do "presentation"-- can they do this to us?!

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    Hi all!

    I work on a 12 hr. dayshift neuro floor as staff nurse in a fast paced large acute hospital. Lately we have more critical patients with less staff- everyone agree? I am so stressed with patient care and being charge nurse that I can't eat or use the bathroom at all- sound familiar?

    Ok, get this, the floor manager practically forces us to do 45 mins. presentation on the brain every week DURING OUR WORK HOURS. Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? I am against this as this is burdening the team, I already leave late from all that charting. We were told we were outstanding nurses per manager, ha! We still refused but she keeps coming up to the floor to HARASS us why we can't do it, relentless. It's obvious, but they turn a blind eye. The admin. wants someone to do it. We have a nurse educator... We already teach pt and families before discharge.

    DO I have a legal say? ANY SUGGESTIONS OR OPTIONS WELCOME. I WILL CHECK THIS POST OFTEN. Thanks!
    Last edit by 3rdwing on Oct 24, '12
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    While I can understand not wanting to do presentations, I would hardly characterize this as "abuse" or "harassment." Lots of facilities are pushing RNs to taking a larger, more active professional role in their workplaces.
    misswoosie and llg like this.
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    Have them taped, then everyone can hear them when they can. Maybe the educator can do this.
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    Put them on youtube....everyone has to respond with a comment! They can watch when they want AND they are participating in a "discussion"
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    I think the previous posters have missed the point. The floor nurses are being asked to take 45' they DON'T have, to participate in this activity. I am thinking the hospital may be trying for magnet status??
    enchantmentdis likes this.
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    We did this at the hospital I was in. It was hell. Staff correctly and we will take time out of our day for presentations. Otherwise, not my problem. All I ever did to participate was photocopy some handout and give it to everyone.
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    Quote from morte
    I think the previous posters have missed the point. The floor nurses are being asked to take 45' they DON'T have, to participate in this activity. I am thinking the hospital may be trying for magnet status??
    I don't think I missed anything. I work in an academic medical center where professionals in all departments do educational presentations at various times, as a basic expectation of their jobs. I don't really see how this is especially unreasonable, let along "abuse" or "harassment." I can understand nurses not wanting to do it but, IMO, it's a perfectly reasonable expectation of professionals in healthcare settings.
    HouTx and misswoosie like this.
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    ELPARK may be working on the floor, honestly, I don't have 45 minutes- 1 hour to spare. Are you in management or administration!? As floor nurses, we get hit with the families complaints, patients and phone calls that take sometimes up to 30 minutes or more to solve. Where is management, OH NO! MANAGEMENT EXPECTS FLOOR RN to solve these problems, you know what? there goes my 45 minutes. Not to mention NOT going to the bathroom or drinking or eating. We ALREADY do teaching with family at the start of admission with insulin, meds, safety, etc !!!!!!!!!! It is insane to do a presentation qweek on top of it all!!!!!!!!!!!!
    KaroSnowQueen and artsmom like this.
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    The presentations are not the real problem. The real problem is that your unit is understaffed. Focus your energy on the real problem and you will be more likely to find some way to work through it -- or decide that you can't change it and realize that you need a new job.
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    What?! "More staffing" that will eat the "budget" said management?! They want us to work 13 hours, the hour presentation is for "free." Just don't go on any breaks- not even the bathroom! Ooops, you got UTI? Aaah, too bad, you can use your PTO (part vacation hours) for sick leave. My coworkers/I only take up 15 mins out of our 30 mins lunch break then back to attending to patients. Without floor nurses, management will be lost if they had to man the floor... they are only office workers and don't even know how to multi-task or give IVs anymore.


    THANKS to retiredlady suggestion, I will try to ask for digital tape and our nurse educator should be on this too.


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