Hi everyone.......I just got back from a 2-day training session that has me just about convinced that I can NOT keep doing this job much longer. My company will foot the bill for a $150/night hotel room, free meals, expensive goodies, etc. but will not hire the staff we need to meet the needs of all the admissions they want us to take regardless of how complex they are or how severe the behaviors. They think an RCM is some kind of machine, that can handle all the crap we already do PLUS the extra paperwork they just handed us at the seminar.
I wonder what planet these people are from???
On a more positive note, my administrator and DNS ganged up on me last Monday and told me I have to start going home at 5 PM, leaving the building for lunch, and delegating some of the charge nurse work I've been doing back to the charge nurses. Easier said than done, and I'm behind in my work big time (which is really difficult since I'm so anal about deadlines), but I'm also being encouraged to try to restructure my job so I can live with it.
Even with this help, I'm not sure I even want to do this work anymore---LTC is tough all over, and I don't have the energy to try to change the system. But then again, I don't know what I DO want to do; my physical condition is such that I can't do floor nursing (especially with those 12-hr. shifts), and I need to make a steady income, so part-time or agency work is out of the question.
I guess I'm stuck until I can figure all of this out, but I'm not happy about it. At this point I'm making almost fifty grand a year, which makes the decision even harder since there aren't a whole lot of nursing positions in my part of the country that pay anywhere near that much. Of course, as was pointed out to me by both my bosses and my family, that money won't do any good if I'm not around, but what the hell do you do when you've got 3 kids still in school, a mortgage, a husband who makes nine bucks an hour (and may get laid off any day now), and a drawerful of bills?
If any of you have any ideas as to how I can help myself out of this mess, please let me know...........I'm normally pretty sure of myself, but right now I literally can't see the forest for all the @#**&!! trees.