When will nurses ever learn to delegate? When will nurses ever collectively stand up and get some backbone--Fight for higher wages, and better benefits like a company matching 401K plan?
I get sick when I work at institutions (I am an agency nurse) and I see the Nurses aides doing whatever they want when they want--unlimited breaks, breaks all at once together leaving the floor uncovered, flat out refusing to answer lights or doing a task.
Its no wonder nurses are leaving the profession in droves. Management appears to be scared to approach the NAs too, but have no trouble when it comes to chastizing an RN. Whenever I ask an RN why they tolerate a situation, the response is always the same--management lets them get away with it. I have returned to Nursing after 13 years of working in a business setting. Not much has changed. PT, Pharmacists, and OT have all manged to get substancial financial increases while many nurses are still making $21 bucks an hour. I don't allow NAs to get the best of me, and all I get for my trouble is even more resentment. Not all NAs are like this but I will go out on a limb and say the lack of RN delegation and management skills are detrimental to the professionof nurses.
Phe Phe, RN, BSN, MBA
Well, they ought to know better, but that hole in their head....
We had a nurse who''s been there for over 20 years. worked the night tour for 10 of them. Always said," If I can't sleep, neither can they." Got the supervior position. Came to the unit one night. The other nurse I was working with said to her, "Come on, I'll take you around and show you all the sleeping staff." Super waved her hand and shook her head "no" and got on the elevator and left. Now that's what I call being a supervisor with a hole in her head! They get to sorta the top and they shove it under the rug and just don't want to hear about it. Sad isn't it? Especially when they've been there and know all about it. They just don't want to deal with it and they don't want to make waves. So if you can't handle the job and the problems that it entails, why have it at all? They aren't "making a difference," they're making matters worse by letting these folks get away with it and sweeeeping it under that infamous rug. I give up. So what is a good supervior do then sjoe? Maybe I'll do it.
Last edit by night owl on May 31, '03