You want us to do what?!?

  1. 19 So I work as an LPN in an outpatient clinic. I am fairly new, only been there a few weeks. At a staff meeting, our manager announced that for Christmas the entire staff was invited to go to a party at a local restaurant. Okay, that might be fun. Now for the kicker, she wants everyone to donate $20 each and treat all the doctors to dinner.

    Yep, instead of talking about how great the staff was doing and how we all should celebrate the holidays together, she talked about how much the doctors do for us and what we should do for them. So me with my $11.66 an hour should pay for the dinner of someone whose salary makes a complete and total mockery of mine (not to mention the other office staff that make even less than us nurses do). Way to take my Christmas spirit, strangle it, then jump up and down on the dead body until there's nothing left but ash.

    I don't mind the concept of doing something nice for the docs, but you need to consider our budget. I have about 500 other more important things to spend $20 on, like a winter coat for my kid, groceries, a desperately needed oil change, etc. It's just amazing to me that for a staff Christmas party the priority is treating the doctors. Most of whom I believe would be rather uncomfortable having us pay for their meals. One of our docs even said that it should be the other way around!

    Anyway, thanks, but I think I have other plans that day, like doing laundry, or maybe scrubbing my bathroom.
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    SilenceintheLibrary has '1' year(s) of experience. From 'US'; Joined Feb '13; Posts: 31; Likes: 51.

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  3. Visit  Mulan profile page
    16
    Yes, it should be the other way around.

    Reminds me of something.

    I worked on a post partum floor once where they had Doctor appreciation day and the nursing staff was expected to bake for this. I got a cookie cutter shaped like a dog bone and made Fidos.
    Fiona59, Carrie RN, merlee, and 13 others like this.
  4. Visit  SilenceintheLibrary profile page
    4
    Quote from Mulan
    Yes, it should be the other way around.

    Reminds me of something.

    I worked on a post partum floor once where they had Doctor appreciation day and the nursing staff was expected to bake for this. I got a cookie cutter shaped like a dog bone and made Fidos.
    Lmao, great idea, that is hilarious.
    poppycat, jmiraRN, Esme12, and 1 other like this.
  5. Visit  RedHeaded2bNurse16 profile page
    7
    It most certainly should be the other way around! I've never heard of that. Everyplace I worked, the doctors bought. We would chip in a small amount and get the doc a gift but not pay for the party.
    Carrie RN, merlee, Irish_Mist, and 4 others like this.
  6. Visit  chrisrn24 profile page
    5
    Hell no!!
  7. Visit  mama.RN profile page
    2
    Insane.
    poppycat and Esme12 like this.
  8. Visit  monkeybug profile page
    14
    NOPE, nope, nope, no way, no how. Reminds me of the Nurses Week when we were asked to contribute specific grocery items so the local firefighters could have food when they were in the station waiting on a call. Excuse me? No one volunteers to feed me on the rare occasions I get a meal break. And I have no issue with firemen, but what exactly do they have to do with Nurses Week? I rather vehemently told my manager what I thought of it, and that hell would be a frosty white winter wonderland before I did it. Apparently I wasn't the only opposition in the hospital, it was cancelled within the week. My manager didn't approve of my attitude. Oh, woe is me, however did I survive? If administration doesn't want to do anything nice for nurses, well, I think we'll all get over it, and certainly no one's going to get tachy from the shock of it, but don't come to me and ask me to give money for someone who is as well off or better than me. I would politely tell the manager that I had obligations for ALL my money at that time of the year, and just couldn't spare it. But that's just me.
    Band Geek, MauraRN, Irish_Mist, and 11 others like this.
  9. Visit  DoeRN profile page
    15
    What? Um no if that is the case then they should do a pot luck and everyone including the doctors can contribute. I work in an outpatient clinic one day a week and we do things for the doctors but nothing like this. That women is trying to use you all for her behind kissing.

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  10. Visit  Meriwhen profile page
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    I'd regretfully (well, not really) decline the invitation due to other plans. I don't have to mention that those other plans involve my sitting on the couch with a good book.
    RNperdiem, gonzo1, Irish_Mist, and 17 others like this.
  11. Visit  proud nurse profile page
    10
    Your manager's idea is almost laughable......almost. Let's take up a collection to pay for the meal of a 6 figure MD? I just don't get it.
    The_Optimist, Irish_Mist, poppycat, and 7 others like this.
  12. Visit  skylark profile page
    16
    Wow.
    I work in a London ER when I am in England, and we get new docs every six months, on a rotation contract.
    During their last week, they are expected to arrange and host an evening out at a local pub or restaurant, and pay for it.

    And they do, every time.

    All the ER staff are invited, nurses, receptionists, and cleaning/housekeeping staff.

    And this is not just one hospital, I have seen this every UK hospital I have worked, and that is six hospitals in three cities.
    sandyfeet, Crux1024, RED1984, and 13 others like this.
  13. Visit  That Guy profile page
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    Quote from skylark
    Wow.
    I work in a London ER when I am in England, and we get new docs every six months, on a rotation contract.
    During their last week, they are expected to arrange and host an evening out at a local pub or restaurant, and pay for it.

    And they do, every time.

    All the ER staff are invited, nurses, receptionists, and cleaning/housekeeping staff.

    And this is not just one hospital, I have seen this every UK hospital I have worked, and that is six hospitals in three cities.
    Now that sounds like an idea I could get behind.
    Crux1024, NutmeggeRN, cardiacfreak, and 7 others like this.
  14. Visit  applewhitern profile page
    4
    At least you all get invited to dine together. At my hospital, the take great pains to segregate the doctors from the other staff members. They get their own catered Christmas party; the nurses and all other staff are invited to bring something to the pot luck in the hospital dining room.
    monkeybug, BrandonLPN, imintrouble, and 1 other like this.

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