What's the weirdest thing management has said to you? - page 6
Based on the thank you card thread, what's the most bizarre thing said to you by management or administration? I can think of a few that will always stand out in my mind. When discussing our... Read More
Dec 13, '12I was the clinical coordinator in a "premiere" LTC facility which had households. I was expected to cover the floor in my household, continue to get my MDS's andcompleted, attend numerous meetings and also cover the rehab household which was having severe staffing issues. After working 50 to 60 hours a week in my own household I was told I was going to have to cover staffing in the rehab household and did so. It finally became too much and I had an argument with the DON because I told her I just couldn't function this way, working 10+ hours in my own unit and then expected to come back at 10 PM at night and cover the sub-acute rehab household. She was hateful to me and I didn't know where to turn so I phoned the administrator and asked him " what do you expect from me" to which he replied, " you will do whatever it 'effing' takes", 'effing was not the word he used but my delicate sensibilities prevent me from typing the actual word. Long story short, I ended up working 21 days straight between my own household and the other household. These were not 21 eight hour shifts either, and were day shift, night shift, evening shift, weekends. My reward, I got counseled for working 21 days without a day off. Go figure.
Dec 13, '12Wow, just WOW! I am a newer (less than a year) nurse employed at a small hospital on the tele floor (my first nursing job). All I have to say is that these stories make it clear that I don't think that I will ever leave there! Our charge nurses will only take lunch if all other nurses have taken lunch. At the end of the shift, if other nurses are still there, our charge nurse will stay and help with whatever tasks need to be done. Even our manager and PCL will jump in and help with patient care if we are short staffed or completely slammed. I count myself very fortunate!
Dec 13, '12"Don't punchout later that you are scheduled !" ,and this is in an extremely busy ER . Oh, just one more . "Please dont use the foam cups for yourselves ,they are for the pts-budget cuts !" hospital has estimated $2.77 billion in cash.
Dec 13, '12Quote from brilloheadI actually see a sleep specialist for insomnia and a parasomnia, and he told me that he hates for his patients to be on Reglan. I once got an IM injection of Reglan for a migraine, and that was even worse than the po version.Oh please don't give The Powers That Be any crazy ideas!!!!!!!
You are the only other person besides me that I've ever heard complain about Reglan! I see it given out sooooo often to patients, and all I can think is, "I hope it doesn't make you bat-guano crazy like it did me!"
I am the kind of person who can sleep anytime, anywhere -- the only time I ever have trouble falling asleep is when I have had more than 10 cans of Pepsi Max in the previous couple of hours. But while taking Reglan in an attempt to increase my milk supply, I was a complete insomniac every time I tried to sleep! I was tired as all get out, but simply could NOT fall asleep when I tried. I was so drowsy that I could fall asleep sitting up doing my work or nursing my baby -- I could even fall asleep standing up!!! -- but I could *not* sleep when I wanted/needed to.
It actually got so bad that I felt like I was on the verge of a psychotic break... if my husband hadn't been home to take care of the baby, I would have taken him to my MIL's house to have her watch him, because I felt like I wasn't even competent enough to care for him anymore -- like my thought processes weren't even functioning.
I stopped taking the Reglan, handed the baby to my husband, and said, "Bring him to me in bed when he needs to nurse, other than that I don't want to see/hear from either of you until I emerge from the bedroom!" and I *finally* got some decent sleep. That was over twelve years ago, and I've never had trouble sleeping since -- it was just that stupid drug!
Dec 13, '12CNS: Where were you for yesterdays class?
Me: I was at my great grandmothers' funeral
CNS: Well you should have cancelled the class earlier.
(There were not any, I'm sorry for your lost etc.)
My NM tells me I lost my focus after I got married.....
My thoughts were: Really????? If she only knew
Dec 13, '12Our VBDN (Very Big Deal in Nursing) has an office across from our unit and comes in right before day shift starts. We got lectured about "call lights not being answered" (because they are being answered elsewhere, 6AM to 8AM is a very busy time for us - potty calls, pain meds, etc) and "IV pump alarms going off incessantly" and how all of this detracts from the Patient Care Experience. She also mentioned that she can hear "staff talking and laughing in the halls". Like, at the change of shift. She added that if SHE can hear us, the PATIENTS must be able to hear us, and what must the patients think!?! *clutches pearls*
Dec 13, '12Have another one! I'm working my shift and get pulled my management for an unexpected meeting. This meeting took 30-
Dec 13, '12Quote from thebackrowO.M.G. Really how stupid is she? Wow some people should keep their mouths shut.I had an employee health nurse tell my group in a updated educational session " There is no such thing as a violent ER Patient". Her statement was met with a round of laughter and jeers yelling " you have obviously never been in the ER!"
Dec 13, '12I am lucky to be working for(for 10 years now) a hopsital that doesn't much do this stuff. If we ask for supplies, it is the time it takes to get it delivered that we wait. The PTO is pretty straight forward. You get your breaks if you want them and there is no flack for call ins(other than weather related...I'll get to that) and if staffing is short, the boss works or is understanding.
Two years ago, during the iced over 4 days, it was a Wednesday night that I was scheduled. The ice came in very early Tuesday mornng(3am or so) and on Wednesday morning, the ICU manager was calling my house..about 7am. She left a message and I called her immediately back. She asked me if I would make it to work that night(12 hours from that time...from 45 miles out, on a dead end gravel road that goes up and down and around hill and dale to get even to a farm to market road.) I told her "not unless it thaws today", she said that it wasn't expected to thaw today, so was I calling in? (At 7am when SHE called ME?) I said I guessed that I was, since there was no way to get there. She tells me that weather should have been anticipated, I should have come to the hospital and stayed through the duration in order to work my shift. I ask, well, are we still not allowed to bring our kids?(Single mom, 4 kids, very rural where power was out multiple times during this, water and heat depend on power, water lines freeze and have to be thawed via a small camp fire in the well house...etc) She says of course you can't bring your kids, this is a HOSPITAL. I tell her, well, then, I guess I am calling in. She says that weather will no longer be considered an acceptable reason for call ins, each weather related call in will be counted as 2 call ins for the quarter. I ask, what am I supposed to do? I have kids. She says "Well, I have dogs, and I had to leave them in the garage with food, and I wasn't happy about that".
I still have the original message saved.
Quote from monkeybugBased on the thank you card thread, what's the most bizarre thing said to you by management or administration? I can think of a few that will always stand out in my mind.
When discussing our patient satisfaction surveys, our manager told me in a staff meeting, "Monkeybug, a patient would much rather have a nice nurse than a smart one. They don't care how smart you are, it doesn't matter. The "little things" are what matter! In fact, a family probably wouldn't care if you killed a patient if you were a really sweet nurse." My reply was rather colorful, and culminated with me saying, "give me the smart ***** any day if I'm the patient."
I had a negative survey once because the patient had rolling veins. The patient's comment was that I should have kept this from happening. I asked manager how I was to do this, for future reference. "Well, of course, you can't control rolling veins. But I'm sure if you just apologized enough, you wouldn't get these negative comments!" (my only negative that quarter, but enough of an issue to get called to the office)
Dec 13, '12Quote from thebackrowI actually guffawedI had an employee health nurse tell my group in a updated educational session " There is no such thing as a violent ER Patient". Her statement was met with a round of laughter and jeers yelling " you have obviously never been in the ER!"
Dec 13, '12Quote from x4livinWas she suggesting you do the same with your kids? Here's a bucket of soup and here's a bucket to potty in - don't mix 'em up!I ask, what am I supposed to do? I have kids. She says "Well, I have dogs, and I had to leave them in the garage with food, and I wasn't happy about that".
Dec 13, '12We will never get an unstable pediatric patient on my floor... ANY patient can go unstable at any time, and I know peds can turn quickly on you!
Dec 13, '12What I *don't* miss about the hospital are the "flavor of the week" patient relation initiatives. I remember once we were told we needed to sit on the edge of the bed, hold the pt's hand and have a "caring conversation" once a shift.
Say what you will about LTC, but at
least we don't have to put up with any of that nonsense.