Dear Boss - page 2
Do you think that a cavelier, punitive attitude is a good thing? Do you think the constant short staffing goes un-noticed? Do you wonder why there is a mass exodus of long term, great employees? ... Read More
Jan 3, '13Quote from KelRN215You are very jaded.Neither your boss nor your CEO probably care. They know that for every nurse who leaves, 2 more are waiting to take his/her place. And, they also know that if you leave they won't replace you and will therefore save an almighty dollar by overworking their existing staff. That was how it worked at my old hospital, at least.
But you are right.
Jan 4, '13Quote from KelRN215Your most likely right. The competition is cutthroat out here for a job. If it were not for the contracted rates by the union, nurses would be clamoring to undercut their competition for a chance at a position.Neither your boss nor your CEO probably care. They know that for every nurse who leaves, 2 more are waiting to take his/her place. And, they also know that if you leave they won't replace you and will therefore save an almighty dollar by overworking their existing staff. That was how it worked at my old hospital, at least.
Jan 4, '13Quote from chevyvMost of hiring in general is based on who you know.At the good places here, it's all about who you know and not what you know for sure!
Jan 4, '13OMG 6-10 is nothing! You should see the number of people in line for other jobs right now... try 200 or 300 for a SINGLE job position at fast food (not even a good job)!!... LOL
But I do agree with the unions and personally I CAN'T WAIT for the ACA act to kick in!!!
Quote from Jean Marie46514Yes, almighty dollar is often the bottom line,
and in many areas,
nurses are seen as very replaceable. In many areas of the USA, ---> there can be 6 to 10 (or more!) other nurses waiting for that slot to open up. <-----
Many of us are suspicious even in some of the areas where there is still a supposed nursing shortage, that it isn't really true in some of the areas, or, it's severely overblown. The reasons promoting the idea "this area needs lotsa more nurses" could be an advantage to the area hospitals are not well understood by me, anyway,
but, it does seem to happen now and then...
I kind of miss working for union hospitals, really, but, won't respond or reply to the anti-union types, (who always seem to quote their dads, lol) who will jump on that. One nurse, or even a bunch of unorganized nurses,
all wanting a change,
can be ineffective, but, if everyone in the whole house is on board, that has some power.
Jan 4, '13Like I wrote before, nursing is a weak profession. No one have the B***ls to tell it to their boss face. Coming on ALLNURSES.COM or the medication room to vent does not make any sense. Start acting like a professional. If u give a nurse a patient load that they can not take care of, all they would do is complain and sign a protest of assignment. And yes, the next day, repeat the same thing and the nurse would do the same thing(Complain).Nurses are so afraid to loose their jobs. Thats just an excuse. Before the economy was like this, nurses had the same working conditions and had the same old complains with no action. Why should I tell you (nurse professional)how to do your job. You (nurse professional) should be telling me what you need to get the work done the right way. Yes, I am a male nurse and when I am not given the tools to get the job done the correct way, I walk. I am not in nursing for the money only, but for the calling. Most nurses think when they fill out the protest of assignment that they are covered, well when you are up in front of the judge and the judge asks(nurse professional) why would u accept an assignment that you could not safely take care of. What U think the boss is going to come to your rescue? The boss is going to say that you know better " you have my number on the board why did not you call for help". So all I can write , nurses please grow some B***ls and maybe the nursing profession would be taken more seriously. We are a joke. And yes, I am leaving the profession as soon as I finish the NP program. Going to open my own business. Nursing are weak.
Jan 4, '13Problem I find is that we have nurses who get their masters right out of school has no exp,then they become nurse educators and so called leaders in the profession. They get leadership roles. So they join and become the excutives of the nursing associations like ANA and such and then become policy makers,some of these nurses have never been on the floor except in their training. Now they are given the wheel of the profession. They have no idea of working under pressure,dealing with the pts and family members,or shor staffing. They have no true knowledge of acuity. The CEOs and hosp admin love these folks because they wear the corp hats and throw away thier nursing caps. It seems that the greatest advancement for a nurse is a position that takes them away from nursing practice.I have often thought the best way to run a unit was to have a clinical nurse leader, and then have a person with a business degree to run the budget portion. Let nurses nurse...... just saying
Jan 4, '13Mr. Np nailed it. Nurses are their own worst enemy. If they would quit back biting and come together they would have power.
Jan 4, '13I want a talented writer/nurse to write a Screenplay about the reality of 21st Century Nursing. I would wait in line and pay lots of money to see that play on Broadway. Audience members would think, "It can't be that bad," while crying and laughing. What should the name of the play be?
Jan 4, '13Quote from CrunchRNBut only by coming together... an individual nurse has no power. This is no different than an individual cop, teacher, firefighter, machinist, pilot, etc.Nurses are their own worst enemy. If they would quit back biting and come together they would have power.
What bestows power is the willingness to act in concert and to negotiate collectively.
And yet, how many nurses have been supporting the systematic dismantling of labor rights and collective bargaining?
I've several times taken jobs which sucked in many of the same regards as described forthwith. I've been asked, "Why are you doing it? Why don't you just leave?" Well, in order to keep food on the table, a person will do nigh anything and if that's all you've got, you're in no position to stand up for change since an individual can usually be easily replaced.
Please recognize, this is not a 'nursing' issue, this is a 'labor' issue.
Jan 4, '13Nursaig,
I am not weak. I am in need of a paycheck. OHhhh, how i'd love to "walk" out when i've been overloaded,
but, that is seen as abandonment,
and grounds for dismissal.
then, i could scrap around for another job, all the while explaining why i just got fired ("I didn't feel my assignment was safe, so i went home.")
and see who all might want to hire me....wow, would i ever feel so "strong" while i dug in the sofa for quarters...yeah, strong indeed.
if one wants strength,
it's not balls they need. Those things are super tender, have to be handled just so. One punch or pinch, the owner doubles over.
Nah, if it's strength you want, try a vagina. Now THOSE can really take a pounding.
(hope i don't get banned, seems to me, those are medical words...)