shrinkyrn ((((hugs)))) I feel ya! :kiss
Yesterday, I had a situation where a patient's family member reported me to the Nurse Manager for "getting snippy with" him.
I simply asked him to move the chair he was sitting in because I tripped on the leg of the chair to get to the patient I was caring for in the bed next to his family member's bed. His family member was not my patient.
I went to talk to my Nurse Manager who reminded me of PR issues arising if we did not keep patient's and their family members happy
That statement totally confused me because there were two patients in that room, not just one. The situation was not about me, but about the two patients in the room. My patient deserved to have space around her bed for her family members as well instead of being scrunched up in a tiny space just so FIVE or SIX
family members could all be comfy in chairs around their loved one's bed.
I made a big mistake returning to nursing. During the last two years of my (almost) six year sabbatical from nursing, everything that I read on allnurses.com from other nurses regarding how nurses are being treated like "handmaidens" and being totally disregarded because of "The Big PR Issues"
in hospitals around the country is true, true, true. I join those of you who complain about it being a major problem in hospitals today.
Speaking of evals......if these are the kind of things I have to look forward to hearing during my annual evals, perhaps it is time for me to say goodbye to nursing again for good. After working my buns off for over 12 plus hours three dayshifts a week doing as much good as I can possibly do for patients, then come to an eval session only to hear about the one to three reports of how some family member didn't like being asked to move his chair, and other things I hear you all mentioning here at allnurses.com, then I will leave nursing for good.
I LOVE BEING A NURSE! It is the hospitals that do NOT appreciate us as nurses by not believing a word we say in our own defense when we have done absolutely nothing out of line or unprofessional towards patients or their family members.
I'm so upset right now about this matter I do not know where else to turn but to you all.