Originally posted by canoehead
Well, if you see all those problems maybe you should volunteer to be on a committee to address them. Take some of the down time at night and make out your own forms. Research the needleless systems and make a presentation at a staff meeting, or at an administrative level to show the money savings. Maybe write up a report about the asskissing comment, get some coworkers to sign it as an illustration of why the hospital is having trouble keeping staff.
Personally I don't think the housekeeping staff at my hospital would put up with a comment like that, and I know for a fact that an MD would be reprimanded by the CEO and the medical director. You are working in a twisted little world, but with some nice frills, like the rich wife of an abusive man.
I agree with previous posters, you teach people how to treat you. If you want things to change you'll have to change how you respond to those barbs.
Staff meeting? what staff meeting? We don't have those. Any changes take place, we read about them in the newspaper along with everyone else. We have complained about that and they pay lip service to it, but that's all. Keep in mind this is a teeny tiny operation. Fully staffed is 3 nurses in house. Period. Housekeeping staff? they have a part time girl who works 20 hours per week. This is a facility that closed its doors last year due to financial troubles and re-opened under new management. That management is about to fold, itself, and has turned matters over to a new company for a 90 day trial-before-you-buy deal. We actually had the second official staff meeting EVER this morning and I will say that I am encouraged. I went to the meeting expecting a typical sales pitch and instead what we got is, "here's what we have and here's what we're going to need to do to fix it and it ain't gonna be all fun and games but we can do this thing" type of thing. Nice change of pace from all the silence we've been dealt over the past several months.
And an apology was made for the kiss-ass comment.
I am not in a financial position to bargain much with my career. As much as I want out of nursing I am trapped in it until either my kids are grown or they come live with me so I no longer pay child support. Any other job, I'd have to sacrifice my weekend visitation - been there and done that, been known to go up to 3 months without seeing them because of work schedules. At least here I do have the advantage of being the reliable, sensible, competent, in-charge nurse on my shift that they need and appreciate. I have been on the job search
and found that nowhere within a 100 mile radius offers near the salary I make now. And I only have 10 minutes to drive to work. If I worked anywhere else (and factoring in the drive time and gas costs) I'd have to have a second job to make it at all. So you say they're just nice little perks. I tell you they are the difference between keeping my sanity and losing it - or possibly falling asleep behind the wheel on the way home. This is also the only facility that serves my hometown community and we all want to see it succeed this time. No, it's not ideal. And all the nurses at this facility (myself included) are a very vocal bunch. We make our opinions well known as professionally as possible. Administrators in general typically fail to get the message, but it's only because they've got their heads in the sand... I've never seen a hospital that didn't treat its nurses horribly. This one is actually much better than any other I've worked for.
We'll play it by ear for now....