supervisor's policy list

  1. In no way do I want to put down staff nurses, but sups have frustrations and need to vent too! In that spirit, here is the official, but unfinished, policy book for supervisors. Feel free to add your own ideas.

    1) ER staff must greet supervisor with a smile on every visit.
    2) A friendly greeting is required before sups will handle anything smelly or sticky.
    3) If you are crabbing about a policy for the third time (or more) you will get the next admission.
    4) If you have a bright idea but refuse to present it to your manager we do not act as human dictaphones. Put it in writing.
    5) Any sup who misses break because she is breaking others has the right to scavenge for edible products on the units. Employee and dietary fridges are fair game.
    6) A cardiac arrest entitles the sup to a free soda.
    7) So does a death.
    8) Or a patient transfer/OB delivery without housekeeping.
    9) If we call a doc for the same life threatening issue more than twice they must donate their fee to the Nurses' Day Fund. Double indemnity if they cuss, hang up, or complain about us ruining their beauty sleep.
    10) ALL professions must be responsible for their own PI and paperwork issues, nursing is not just a well paid secretarial pool.
    11) Noteworthy OB delivery announcements will include the name(s) of the nurse(s)who attended.
    12) Any meeting item requiring follow up will automatically be dealt with at the nurses' discretion (if at all) until said follow up is received in writing.
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  3. by   debRN0417
    Quote from canoehead
    In no way do I want to put down staff nurses, but sups have frustrations and need to vent too! In that spirit, here is the official, but unfinished, policy book for supervisors. Feel free to add your own ideas.

    1) ER staff must greet supervisor with a smile on every visit.
    2) A friendly greeting is required before sups will handle anything smelly or sticky.
    3) If you are crabbing about a policy for the third time (or more) you will get the next admission.
    4) If you have a bright idea but refuse to present it to your manager we do not act as human dictaphones. Put it in writing.
    5) Any sup who misses break because she is breaking others has the right to scavenge for edible products on the units. Employee and dietary fridges are fair game.
    6) A cardiac arrest entitles the sup to a free soda.
    7) So does a death.
    8) Or a patient transfer/OB delivery without housekeeping.
    9) If we call a doc for the same life threatening issue more than twice they must donate their fee to the Nurses' Day Fund. Double indemnity if they cuss, hang up, or complain about us ruining their beauty sleep.
    10) ALL professions must be responsible for their own PI and paperwork issues, nursing is not just a well paid secretarial pool.
    11) Noteworthy OB delivery announcements will include the name(s) of the nurse(s)who attended.
    12) Any meeting item requiring follow up will automatically be dealt with at the nurses' discretion (if at all) until said follow up is received in writing.

    13. Cleaning the autopsy room also entitles the sup to a free soda, or assisting the ER doc with a drunk, or doing a TDO, or breaking up the couple sc***ing in the back stairway, or handling the call from a drunk woman who says that she needs a semen sample from her husband who has been dead three days and wants to know who she can go about getting one.....
    14. As a matter of fact, the sup should be given a free coke as soon as she/he arrives for duty.
  4. by   laughingfairy
    14)If you walk out because you don't like the assignment /don't call out timely/in any way don't make it to work in a timely manner
    A) Do NOT try to say the supervisor said it was okay because the supervisor is the one who has to find your replacement
    B) The supervisor is allowed to write you up per policy
    C) and the supervisor can tell you co-workers that he/she was not given enough notice to find replacements and it is not an invasion of YOUR privacy
    15) If you want to switch with someone do it yourself. The supervisor cannot give you confidential phone numbers and NO she won't "call around" for you.
    16) When the supervisor wants report tell her anything pertinent.
    17) If you want her opinion/suggestions before you call the doctor make sure you have all information, such as vss, intake, output, etc. When resident goes bad supervisor is not to blame. Do not put supervisor on hold while you obtain the information and expect the supervisor to still be there in 5 minutes.
  5. by   zenman
    18) Do not spend time on the computer checking the patient load and number of staff on the other units. Your comments that you're too busy don't mean much if you're on the computer checking things out!
    19) Do not whine when I call with an admission. I'm not standing outside the ED with a "Special Deal Today" sign.
    20) Realize that even with the ED going on divert, the patients will still drop in per taxi and private auto.
    21) When I call with an admission, please don't tell me to give the patient to another unit. I've already made an informed decision about what's going on in the entire house.
    22) Don't ***** and whine about the state of nursing affairs. You should have got a clue about how it was going to be while in nursing school!
    23) I've worked almost every unit in my 30 years so don't try to pull the wool over my eyes...I've been there!
  6. by   caroladybelle
    ****** Kill the free soda...make it a free Margarita.***************
  7. by   nursebedlam
    crazy liked it

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