Is it me? What happened to nursing? - page 4

by Burlshoe114 15,398 Views | 50 Comments

I am at "year 6" of nursing, and I can't help but notice that nursing jobs seem to be getting worse and worse as time goes by! When I first entered nursing, there was a big push for appropriate acuity of patients, constructive... Read More


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    Quote from mrmedical
    Keeping gomers alive because their family refuses to accept the inevitable.
    Patients are not patients, but rather customers and the customer is always right.
    Exactly!!! There is my biggest frustration in medicine right now!!
    texasmum, Fiona59, anotherone, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from Burlshoe114
    Exactly!!! There is my biggest frustration in medicine right now!!
    Well you better do what you have to do in order to get over it because there is more coming.

    Under ObamaCare patient/customer rating information is going to weigh more heavily when it comes to rankings and reimbursement rates.

    You might want to brush up on bed making, pillow fluffing, and work on your happy/smiley face. Oh while your at it don't forget to leave a mint on the pillow after you make the bed.
    arl50, DizzyLizzyNurse, CinDRnyc, and 4 others like this.
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    Quote from ocnrn63
    you know, that's exactly how it's become: nurses are concierge servants who can do a little bit of medical treatment on the side.
    hahahaha. that is exactly how i would describe my job some days!
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    Quote from canesdukegirl

    Recently, a heat wave has affected the area that I live in. Lots of complaints have been voiced and many people are belly aching about the heat. A friend of mine called the other day, and of course I was the first one to complain about the heat. She didn't say anything for a beat or two, and I wondered if the call had been dropped. Then she said, "Canes, you might be uncomfortable with the heat for about 5 seconds while you walk from your house to the garage. Our sons have been in Afghanistan for months, in full uniform, carrying a 70 pound rucksack and trying to stay out of the line of fire in 102 degree heat. WHY are you complaining?".
    I know this is off-topic, so call me a traitor if you want, but the soldiers carrying 70-lb. packs in full uniform in 102 degree heat in Afghanistan chose to be there. There's no draft going on, so when they voluntarily joined the military, they knew there was a good possibility they would end up carrying 70 lb. rucksacks and dodging gunfire in a very hot war zone.

    On the other hand, the 72-year-old widower with severe Parkinsons and no air conditioning in 102 degree heat, in a city that doesn't normally get that hot, did not choose to be there.
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    Quote from BlueDevil,DNP
    OK, I get it now. I see your point. Yes, if one is spending enough to spend a week on the the QEII, I suppose they might hope for turn down service and be sorely disappointed and inimical when they don't get it. ;-)
    Well, perhaps instead one should instead spend their money on the QEII and see how well all those broken bones turn out.
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    Quote from Not_A_Hat_Person
    I know this is off-topic, so call me a traitor if you want, but the soldiers carrying 70-lb. packs in full uniform in 102 degree heat in Afghanistan chose to be there. There's no draft going on, so when they voluntarily joined the military, they knew there was a good possibility they would end up carrying 70 lb. rucksacks and dodging gunfire in a very hot war zone.

    On the other hand, the 72-year-old widower with severe Parkinsons and no air conditioning in 102 degree heat, in a city that doesn't normally get that hot, did not choose to be there.
    I just want to point out that some people actually volunteer to go to A'stan. A good friend who is member of my country's national police force is over there teaching Afghans how to be police officers. And yes, he marches around villages and towns in full combat rig out.
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    I voted with my job today.

    I have semi given up on hospital nursing.....
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    Quote from mindlor
    I voted with my job today.

    I have semi given up on hospital nursing.....
    But I thought with your years of management experience and excellent customer service skills you were going to revolutionize American nursing.
    DizzyLizzyNurse, Aurora77, and wooh like this.
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    Quote from mindlor
    I voted with my job today.

    I have semi given up on hospital nursing.....
    What do you mean by "voting with your job"?
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    The scripting of healthcare just bugs me. I simply don't do it. I always say, "Do you need anything else?" but I never end it with "I have the time." Ever. I don't, and I'm not gonna lie, but I will group tasks because it takes less time.

    I also tell the truth, and I had a refreshingly understanding patient the other day. Q4 dilaudid on the dot kind of patient. Unfortunately, every nurse and one CNA on the floor was in a code for an hour. The other CNA was told to camp at the nursing station to attend to the call bells and needs of the patients that the rest of us had to ignore.

    When we were finally done, the CNA told me about my pain patient. I went in his room, apologized for the delay, and said, "I had to attend to an emergency situation."

    He said, "The one lady came in here twice and never said anything. I wish she had because I wouldn't have been so upset to her."

    I know not all patients are as understanding as he was that night, but I guess The Powers That Be would rather we provide no reasonable explanation so that patients like him will give us bad ratings because they received no explanation. The ones that aren't like him will give us bad ratings anyway.

    Management logic confuses me sometimes.


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