Jul 13, '04
I have been thinking about this a lot since reading the board yesterday on strikes. There are so many posts on staffing issues. Problems that are so severe and on going that nurses feel the need to strike. Health care workers everywhere are feeling this and it goes on deaf ears. This is not right. And everyones voices are not being heard and taken seriously. This is a crisis situation in my opinion. I am not a nurse yet and I am fearing what is out there and waiting for me. The only thing I can think of that would really get the attention of the hospital is for patients to complain. C/o lack of attention. C/o not getting the care they need. Many many complaints from patients would have to be addressed. BUT.....that would make the nurses look bad. It would result in disipline. It would have to be a unifed effort for all nurses to NOT over work themselves. To truly treat the pt or res with the best possible care at the time they are with them and move on the next one and do the same thing. When you focus on who you are with and give them the treatment or care they deserve and you are taught to do, you are being a great nurse. When you do as much as you can as fast as you can and skip what you can get by with, you are being a good nurse. I don't know how it makes sense. Either you do what is right or you do what will get you by. It sounds so stressful and intense. If it was just rush periods it wouldn't sound so bad but the way the board reads it is like this for all nurses every freaking day. Without support from administration. Think how much better your job would be if they cut your patient load by a few people. How much better care and understanding could you give someone. I wondered when I was in the hospital why I never saw anyone. I felt so alone and not cared for. I should have complained when I got the survey to fill out. Patients and residents and their families should complain. Complain a lot and complain often. That would have to be addressed. It could not be ignored. Then of course impecable charting and note keeping would be only thing to save your butt. (At such and such time helping so and so to the BR. At such and such time I was cleaning BM out of so and so's eyes. At such and such time I was irrigating this and turning so and so over and lotioning.) Every single detail would need to be noted of where and what you were doing. To show that you were so darned busy you couldn't scratch your nose. You know what I mean. (Like anyone has the time to do minute by minute note taking.) And it goes on and on. How will it ever be taken seriously and made better? Just my thoughts on it.
Last edit by nycegyrl on Jul 13, '04
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