I suppose I should start by saying I am an older nurse. I wish I could retire but these days who can think of that so as I am now pushing 60 I need to say I am tired of hearing the work productivity. When I entered nursing over 35 years ago patients were patients, not consumers, hospitals were where you went when you were sick , too sick to stay home. Now we are a business, there were no Press Ganeys, and HIPPA was more like hippo and you went to the zoo to see it! The econonomy was not great off and on over the years and my pay reflected that nurses were really not seen as being worth that much on the pay scale. After all men were still seen as the breadwinners. Now our salary reflects that many times we are the primary breadwinner in the family.
Productivity is a word that drives me to the brink, I am not sure how much more productive they think I can be, patients are well taken care of, I make nice with visitors who are rude and many think they have a degree in medicine. I do a ton of paperwork and try to attend educational offerings when they provide staff to relief me and take over the patients.
So my idea of being productive and theirs is very different.
Thanks for listening.