What's the weirdest thing management has said to you? - page 3

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 patient satisfaction surveys,... Read More

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    Quote from FLICURN
    Our NIH policy is to do a handoff NIH with the on/off going nurse doing it together. THe NIH assessments had been Q4. The first NIH I did I charted the NIH scale. The next day I am in line to pick up my son from school and the hospital calls telling me I didn't complete the stroke charting and need to come back to finish it. I let the mgr know that I had in fact done the stroke scale. She's said she saw that, but I didn't write the note that I completed it. So my response was "So I have to chart that I charted?" Yup.... we now have to chart that we charted.... makes lots of sense to me! I guess they just want it recorded that the 2 nurses did it together??
    Seriously that is dumb. Management has lost all common sense. I am so lucky I have the manager I have.

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    Quote from Testa Rosa, RN
    Awe Monkeybug--so sad to hear about the reduced milk supply because you were unable to pump. I used Fenugreek myself when I started back at work to keep my supply up and then we shifted to night nursing which you know meant I was dead tired at work the next day. Sounds like you are a great Mamma and Nurse. Nurse Managers are LOCO
    I tried Fenugreek without much results, then Reglan, and it made me want to crawl the walls. Very unpleasant drug! I did research and ended up ordering Motillium from a Canadian pharmacy. I had so much trouble with latch, nipple confusion, and supply that once I got good at it I didn't want to stop! I -let him self-wean. Every day I would think we were done, and then he'd drag the Boppy over and sign "milk" so it would continue. I actually did miss it when he got too busy and distracted to nurse. Thanks for the compliments. I tried for so long to have a baby, I want to do everything right and get the most joy out of parenthood that I can. I think I'm doing ok. He's 3 and reads on a kindergarten/first grade level, and he's chock full of personality. Last night I told him I saw him throw a toy at the cat, and he better not do it again. He said, "well stop looking at me and finish cooking supper!"
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    Quote from T-Bird78
    If you call out sick and don't have a note, even for just one day, you don't get to use PTO with it. If you go to a doc appointment and come in late/leave early and don't have a note, you don't get to use PTO for it. If the doc decides to close the office the day before a holiday you have to use your PTO or not get paid. I got yelled at nearly every pay period for going into OT--by less than 10 minutes--and once I reminded her that I was the only one who actually showed up on time every day. I got the usual earful about 0.10 hour of OT (6 minutes) on the same paycheck that was short 16 hours pay because I'd had a death in the family and couldn't use PTO for the funeral. When I pointed that out--my 6 minutes OT is much less than the 16 hours of no pay--I was told that was policy and if I didn't like it I knew where the door was. I had the early lunch and got yelled at because when I'd come back from lunch and let the other nurses know I was back, they'd take a few minutes to finish what they were doing then go to lunch. It was my fault that the other 3 didn't drop everything and run to the time clock, or if both providers were still seeing pts and I couldn't relieve both nurses at the same time, it was my fault. I asked my manager if she wanted me to clock back in and drag my other nurses to the timeclock and she said yes.
    That's insane! So basically you have to pay a copay just to use PTO. Sometimes you need to be out from work when you don't necessarily need the care of a doctor. Patients don't need your germs if you have a stomach bug, but it's stupid to have to go to the doctor for it.
    Orca, VivaLasViejas, wooh, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from nrsang97
    Seriously that is dumb. Management has lost all common sense. I am so lucky I have the manager I have.
    My first manager RUINED me. She was as good as it gets, and she spoiled me. I expected all other managers to be as good as her. We were at a tiny rural hospital. As long as we did our jobs and the patients got good care, she didn't sweat the small stuff. You and your husband both working night shift and you didn't have anyone to keep your kid? She'd let you put them in an empty room overnight, as long as it didn't happen often. I also saw her come in at 2 am in a nightgown, scrub a c section because we were busting at the seams, and then go back home to bed and make it back at 8 am to help out again.
    eturner7, DizzyLizzyNurse, noyesno, and 6 others like this.
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    I work in LTC and our administrator told us that our facility should be comparable to a nice hotel. Really? I've never been to a nice hotel that had staff to toilet me, get me up and dressed in the morning and undressed and in bed in the evening, managed my medications and treatments, showered me, fed me and monitored my condition.
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    Quote from monkeybug
    We never got paid, either, but it was okay (to management) because those that worked the spring forward got paid 8 hours. Never mind that it was not always the same nurses.
    That's the rubbish they try to pull here, too. And then we got smart. We calculated the spring forward date and all who worked the fall back requested to work that night to make sure we got what we were owed.
    Last edit by JDZ344 on May 14, '14
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    "The committee meeting is at 11:30 so you can just clock out for lunch and go to the meeting."

    "......Do you want me to go to clock out and go to lunch, or go to the meeting? Those are the choices."
    uRNmyway, DizzyLizzyNurse, noyesno, and 11 others like this.
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    I always loved it when our administration at a rehab hospital where I once worked told us to give certain rich/famous patients the "VIP treatment". On one occasion I cared for a Hollywood celebrity (whose name you would immediately recognize). I was told by the facility administrator to "take special care of her". I informed him that all my patients get the best care I can give them.
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    Quote from Orca
    I always loved it when our administration at a rehab hospital where I once worked told us to give certain rich/famous patients the "VIP treatment". On one occasion I cared for a Hollywood celebrity (whose name you would immediately recognize). I was told by the facility administrator to "take special care of her". I informed him that all my patients get the best care I can give them.
    That's crazy!
    Last edit by JDZ344 on May 14, '14
    canoehead, noyesno, SchoolRNAmy, and 6 others like this.
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    I, too, remember being a new charge nurse and being told by my unit manager that the reason I was so stressed was because I didn't take my breaks/meal breaks! I had told her I COULDN'T take them because my whole staff was new, I was new to charge, and each of us always had more patients than we could realistically handle. WHEN was I supposed to take these magical rejuvenating breaks?

    Her answer: Oh, you simply have to leave the floor--take a walk outside in the parking lot. Take a walk down the street (keep in mind it's nightshift and in a bad section of town!!).

    Me: Ok, you want me to take a mental break, I get it, but....WHEN? Do you have a float nurse to cover all of my staff and me for our breaks?

    Her: No, you don't need coverage. You just tell the others you are taking ten or fifteen minutes off the floor, and then you GO.

    Me: Hmm.....really? I should just pick myself up and leave? What about the fact that my staff won't POSSIBLY have time to keep an eye on my patients as well as theirs? And that *I* don't have time to watch their patients while THEY are taking a ten-minute romp in the parking lot??

    Her: You can ask the nursing supervisor to cover you.

    Me: Really? The same nursing supervisor that keeps slamming me with admissions and doesn't have enough time to help start a difficult IV.....she's supposed to cover me for every break I need, every shift?

    Her: Don't make a big deal about it. Just go.

    Me: Can't wait for THAT lawsuit. No, thanks for the suggestions, but I think I'll have to stick with slowly losing my sanity in order to keep my patients safe. Your way, though, is sure a NIFTY idea....
    NYCRN16, weemsp, uRNmyway, and 10 others like this.


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