What solutions do you offer for stopping nurse abuse? - page 4

I am deeply interested in resolving the problems that face nurses today, and would love to hear your ideas of how to solve the various issues confronting nurses in the hospitals. Please state... Read More

  1. by   VickyRN
    Just another perspective, there is nurse abuse going on in nursing schools, too--and not just the "mean" instructors bullying the students. I was SHOCKED to find nurse educators who engage in bullying and backstabbing, trying to destroy other instructors professionally.
  2. by   gwenith
    Originally posted by VickyRN
    Just another perspective, there is nurse abuse going on in nursing schools, too--and not just the "mean" instructors bullying the students. I was SHOCKED to find nurse educators who engage in bullying and backstabbing, trying to destroy other instructors professionally.
    Too right Vicky!! Some of the worst bullying I have ever experienced came when I was an educator. Back to direct patient care and couldn't be happier.

    Bottom line is you have to "sell" these ideas to your employer. Even Long Service Leave was sold to the average Australian employer as a was to SAVE money by reducing staff turnover. And it does work. First though you have to find out how much the employer is losing each year in turnover. Usually it is quite a lot in actual money expenses. They do not have to think hard to see that if they awarded even two extra days holiday per year for every year you stay then people get VERY reluctant to leave and lose thier LSL.

    Another cost neutral "perk" that can be negotiated with the employer is TOIL. or Time Off In Leiu. This started as a goverment workers perk but has slowly come down to nursing. If you do overtime you can choose to either take the money payment or accrue TOIL. When the unit is quiet or if you need an early break you can take TOIL - you get paid for the hours of TOIL you take because you have already "earned" that money.
  3. by   Monica RN,BSN
    Well I sure do see alot of good advice in these posts. I believe nurse abuse will not stop until we stop allowing them(management) to abuse us. We have to learn when to say no! and mean it... the more we agree to do without a fuss, the more they will give us to do... Price we pay for being able to do good jobs I suppose. NOT FAIR!
  4. by   live4today
    I agree Monica! :kiss

    If you think it's worth telling your kids to JUST SAY NO...then practice what we preach here and JUST SAY NO!!! Show your kids what you're made of, and that taking crap is NOT the way to get things changed for the better. It's taking that crap and turning it into something positive for the well being of all, not just some. Be a creator, an inventor of ideas, a courageous person instead of cowardly, be forthright, be strong, and most of all be assertive in the process. Jobs come and go, but if we haven't made an impact for the better where we spend the majority of our hours alive (work), then why even bother to set the alarm clock and get up and march our tired buns into a job that robs us of every ounce of joy and happiness in life.

    STAND UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT!

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