N.J. nurses exhausted, abused, injured (UPI)

  1. Registered nurses in New Jersey face frequent and chronic exposure to verbal abuse, complaints and work-related injuries, a survey has found.

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  3. by   ebear
    Not just New Jersey. I wish that survey were sent out nationwide!
  4. by   SueBee RN-BSN
    this is only going to become worse as time goes on. nurses refuse to pull together to fix the many issues that affect them, and their patients. too many nurses would rather take on the victim role, and fight with each other, vice show any real back bone and change their plight. one nurse can't fix the problem, or even influence change, but the entire profession standing together can. the real question here is- can nurses stand together?

    nurses are not effective at the bedside any longer. your power of effectiveness has been lost by neglecting your patients and yourselves as a profession. this has caused hospitals to become death traps, for those patients who should still be with us on earth. what a shame for nurses to have become violators of patient care and safety. can nurses stand together and change things? is there a place to start bringing change to the profession, and to your patients?

    if not, the court room will be waiting to hold nurses responsible for patient neglect.

  5. by   ebear
    SueBee,
    "What a shame for nurses to become violators of patient care and safety".


    In the face of every obstacle, nurses are often the ONLY ones who continue to provide for the patient's care and safety. IMO, your statement needs to be addressed to clueless hospital management and administration, of which you are more than likely a part.
    ebear
  6. by   TrudyRN
    I think she's just syaing that we all need to stand together. In unity, there is power. Ebear, how can you be so sure she is Management, not bedside? Let's not jump to conclusions.
  7. by   FireStarterRN
    Quote from suebee rn-bsn
    this is only going to become worse as time goes on. nurses refuse to pull together to fix the many issues that affect them, and their patients. too many nurses would rather take on the victim role, and fight with each other, vice show any real back bone and change their plight. one nurse can't fix the problem, or even influence change, but the entire profession standing together can. the real question here is- can nurses stand together?

    nurses are not effective at the bedside any longer. your power of effectiveness has been lost by neglecting your patients and yourselves as a profession. this has caused hospitals to become death traps, for those patients who should still be with us on earth. what a shame for nurses to have become violators of patient care and safety. can nurses stand together and change things? is there a place to start bringing change to the profession, and to your patients?

    if not, the court room will be waiting to hold nurses responsible for patient neglect.
    not quite understanding your point. are you blaming bedside nurses for everything and stating that nurses are generally substandard caregivers and whiners?
  8. by   Riseupandnurse
    I understand what she's saying. Nurses are to blame for the current state of affairs in health care, along with many other groups. Administration and management too often hide from the problems and pretend that if only the nurses would work harder and SMILE more, things would be fine. Too many doctors add to the stress when they have so much power to add to the solution. The American public seems to prefer fancy buildings, advertising campaigns and gourmet hospital food to adequate staffing and have taken up residence in the hospitals to supervise our geisha skills, rather than our healing efforts (which they don't understand but think they do). And nurses do not work together to change things for the good of our patients. Instead we biteback, complain, and constantly switch jobs seeking our own little port in the storm. I agree; it's only going to get worse.
  9. by   Alois Wolf
    Quote from jlsRN
    Not quite understanding your point. Are you blaming bedside nurses for everything and stating that nurses are generally substandard caregivers and whiners?


    Nah, What she is saying that Nurses need to stand up and fight for their right to be fairly treated professionals and nothing less. We are hurting are ability to take care of pt. bedside because we would rather fight amongst ourselves than actually step forward against policy.
  10. by   PJMK
    I live in Texas and because of the back biting and so on have opted to move from floor nursing to Clinical Research. In the CR field you are treated as a professional and the admin and docs respect what you do. + the money is much better and you have one on one contact with the same pt's over a period of time so you have a chance to make a difference in their care. Not like the hospital were the insurance providers push pt's out before they need to go home.

    Ya'll come to Texas
  11. by   SueBee RN-BSN
    when a nurse can't detect changes in patient status, and is out numbered by patients to the point he/she can't give the medications to the patient, nursing care has in fact failed.

    i don't work as nurse; i work with lawyers and start law school next fall. i'm not apart of any hospital admin. i'm not out to save the world, or nurses. i'm out to help patients who have been failed by our great health care "system". i don't want to see any patient harmed, but when they are i'm there for them. i guess one could say i work as a nurse from a very different perspective, the legal perspective.

    i want to see nurses come together in a very powerful way. my question to you as patient care providers is this- why are all staying at the bedside if you are ineffective, what is the point? nurses are not respected for their skill or as human beings in our hospitals, neither are the patients. by referring to "staying at the bedside" i don't mean going into admin, i mean find more satisfying work- go back to school- do something different. if you want to change the nursing profession come together and do so.
  12. by   FireStarterRN
    Quote from Alois Wolf
    Nah, What she is saying that Nurses need to stand up and fight for their right to be fairly treated professionals and nothing less. We are hurting are ability to take care of pt. bedside because we would rather fight amongst ourselves than actually step forward against policy.
    Maybe Sue can come back here and reword her post herself. Her wording lended itsself to misinterpretation.
  13. by   FireStarterRN
    Quote from suebee rn-bsn
    when a nurse can't detect changes in patient status, and is out numbered by patients to the point he/she can't give the medications to the patient, nursing care has in fact failed.

    i don't work as nurse; i work with lawyers and start law school next fall. i'm not apart of any hospital admin. i'm not out to save the world, or nurses. i'm out to help patients who have been failed by our great health care "system". i don't want to see any patient harmed, but when they are i'm there for them. i guess one could say i work as a nurse from a very different perspective, the legal perspective.

    i want to see nurses come together in a very powerful way. my question to you as patient care providers is this- why are all staying at the bedside if you are ineffective, what is the point? nurses are not respected for their skill or as human beings in our hospitals, neither are the patients. by referring to "staying at the bedside" i don't mean going into admin, i mean find more satisfying work- go back to school- do something different. if you want to change the nursing profession come together and do so.
    easier said that done, sue. most nurses have families to support and don't have time or money to start a healthcare revolution. if you want nurses to come together in a powerful way, maybe you can lead a movement?

    are you suggesting that nurses abandon the bedside? what would that accomplish? one of the problems with nursing today is too many nurses in offices who don't know what happens at the bedside.

    frankly, you sound like an idealistic and judgmental young person who hasn't lived life, not sure if that's true but that's how your post strikes me.
  14. by   ebear
    Sue, I work with lawyers too and am certified in legal nursing. I understand your point; however, we're back to the important question: WHO DO YOU SUGGEST TAKE CARE OF THE PATIENT AT THE BEDSIDE??? IMO, the reason our hands have been tied is because of bureaucracy who sees the all mighty dollar above everything else. The majority of nurses are not ineffective and powerless, we are frustrated beyond belief because we can no longer do what we studied so hard to learn to do. While "number crunchers" have destroyed almost every other industry in this country, they are now destroying the healthcare systems because there is MONEY INVOLVED. "Customer Service" is the mantra these days. With the advent of patients being called "clients", the atmosphere changed for the worse. DEDICATED NURSES STILL CARE ABOUT THE PATIENT'S WELFARE. That's why we're still around.
    ebear

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