After working at my facility for 2 years, for new years I said I would finally submit my ideas for improvment to my managment! I wrote down the main probelm and several suggestions for improvement they could use, and even mentioned that these were only some ideas to help, and others may come with discussion with the rest of the nursing staff!
I was so happy to turn that in...and five minutes after I turned them in my DON came up to me and said "Admin is going to call you to discuss your dissatisfaction and 'issues' with our company". WHAT?!?!?!?!? All I brought up was some ideas to make nurses end of shift report run smoother, and a proposal to define what duties need to be done by what nurse at end of shifts (there were too many resentments forming over tasks being handed to other shifts during change of shifts and I though clearer definitions may help!).
So great..I finally put two of my ideas on paper and got "you get to talk to the principal' BS! Oh please...I guess I found out why no one makes suggestions anymore. I kept it silent, asked if I could have my suggestions back so that if there was any doubt that I was only trying to help, I could re-submit it at a later time. Nope..they refused to give it back and said "it is a permenent part of your record now, and lets us know your grievences..which we will deal with at a later date." Holly cow caca..they were just suggestions and I didn't even sign or date the darned thing (my name isn't on it at all!!!!).
My other suggestions done verbally have met the same fate...nothing being done and management saying it was and because it is confidential info I can not know what was done...Yeah right, since they demand that the nurses oversee displinary actions...would be good to actually know what they are so we can enforce them huh?
Oh well...good news, the loan process for my home is begining, and so there is light at the end of the 'can't switch jobs right now' tunnel (I had to sign a paper saying I wouldn't change jobs). As soon as that is complete...look out want ads!!!!!!
Too bad I feel this is pretty common, and my suggestions may never see the light of day except for times they open my file to put a complaint in