A sign of the times

  1. Is it my imagination or have things gotten really bad out there for nurses. I was just made a DNR from hospital I worked at frequently with no complaints because I had a patient who repeatedly told me she was going to track me down and kill me. I was stuck with her for 6 hours listening to that. Her family even came in and told me she is a "scarey, violent" person.
    I wanted to file an incident report regarding her behavior and hospital security and house supervisor both said I was over reacting and they did not want to do it.
    When I worked there the next day head of security came to me and said that since I complained to so many people (security and house super) that he had to file "a damn report now"
    Next thing I know I am made a DNR according to my agency, but when agency asked hospital why, they are not forthcoming with any reason.
    Am also finding that administration at hospitals I work "travel" at is very hostile to the travel nurses. Usually staff is okay, it's the management that is hostile. Go figure.
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  3. by   oramar
    Sorry you are being treated like this. I feel outrage but not surprise. Just validates everything bad I have to say about management in general. There are places that do things correctly but one is more likely to hear a story like yours that the good stuff.
  4. by   Keepstanding
    What do you mean by DNR ??

  5. by   LACA
    What does DNR mean in this sense?
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Praiser
    What do you mean by DNR ??

    Yeah, that's my question too.

    Because you've been threatened, your company is forcing you to have a Do Not Resuscitate?

    Or . .does it mean something else?

  7. by   Spidey's mom
    I'm guessing here . . . . Do Not Return?

    If so, why in God's Green Earth would they choose to use those letters?

    Last edit by Spidey's mom on Mar 31, '10
  8. by   JulieCVICURN
    I sure hope it's not the DNR that I'm thinking it is, because it seems like that's an inappropriate (and illegal) action to make someone a do not resuscitate after someone else has threatened to kill them!
  9. by   ChocoholicRN
    I'm assuming the DNR here stands for Do Not Rehire. I was confused too at first.
  10. by   TennNurse
    It means "Do Not Return".
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    Well, if either of those are true "Do Not Return" or "Do Not Rehire" . . . whoever thought of using DNR as shorthand was not very smart.

  12. by   gonzo1
    Sorry friends
    It means Do Not Return.
    They have deemed me unworthy to pick up more per diem shifts there. Unfortunately it is a huge bunch of hospitals. Fortunately I am selling my house and moving to Dallas anyway. And for now there are still some places that like me.
    Word of caution to all: yesterday at my first day of a new contract the ER director was having a staff meeting and was talking about dropping press ganey scores and she actually said, and I quote, "do anything you have too, bend over and take it in the rear, so our scores will go up"
    I wonder if scores would go up if I stood in front and let upset patients throw rocks at me? I mean if it means better press ganey scores lets try it. Better to have rocks thrown at you by angry patients than by your own management.
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    Uh, no way would I go along with that.

    They can kiss my tush . . . .

    Sheesh . .. good luck gonzo!

  14. by   District46
    Sorry to hear this but it does seem typical. I have worked for an agency and now on the hospital bank of nurses. I work mainly in the A&E Departments. A drug error was made by six staff before it was noticed. We were following the wrong pathway for librium detox - no harm done but it has kicked off a huge investigation. As I was on the bank I have been told not to return, but the permanent staff who work there, who make same mistake are all still working and administering meds! The situation is so unfair. I have decided to leave nursing now and go back to teaching and assessing because I am so upset by this situation. I am fed up with nursing, and the way you have to watch your back every step of the way. I mean, it's not as if I have done anything really bad - I didn't steal or abuse anyone! But the investigation process makes you feel like a criminal. Also, I have seen so many mistakes made, that are covered up, but I just seem to be unlucky in that I make an error and get hung up for it. On the actual day I did report it and ask about incident forms, etc, but was told not to worry. The permanent staff nurse asked a doctor about it and was told no harm done, just carry on. It would have been fine, but the following staff made the same mistake so it has become huge!!

    I just think you are too vulnerable in agency or bank nursing positions. If you make an error it is so easy to just get rid of you but if you were one of the permanent staff I feel you would be supported and helped to make necessary changes to your practice.

    Hope you finally find something that you are happy in, and feel supported and safe in your job!