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  1. I had a nursing supervisor tell me that nurses will never be happy with staffing.Period. She told me that studies have found that nurses will complain even if they have the staffing they think is safe. I've never heard of this and definitely disagree. Anyone ever heard of this study that was conducted?..................:uhoh21:
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  3. by   walk6miles
    Tell her to get back on her broom and take off! Of course nurses will never be happy totally - so what? Human beings carry the complaint gene - some have better control of it than others.
  4. by   buddiage
    Quote from cappuccino
    I had a nursing supervisor tell me that nurses will never be happy with staffing.Period. She told me that studies have found that nurses will complain even if they have the staffing they think is safe. I've never heard of this and definitely disagree. Anyone ever heard of this study that was conducted?..................:uhoh21:
    Who conducted this "study?"

    Where was it published?

    Oh, do tell....
  5. by   jill48
    Your supervisor is an idiot.
  6. by   sister--*
    Never heard of this study. Perhaps it would be worth suggesting that your Nursing Supervisor try it. Woooo, you'd have to be brave.

    I do know, though, that the times we are appropriately staffed (and we've had a few), we're tickled pink!!!
  7. by   CritterLover
    Quote from cappuccino
    i had a nursing supervisor tell me that nurses will never be happy with staffing.period. she told me that studies have found that nurses will complain even if they have the staffing they think is safe. i've never heard of this and definitely disagree. anyone ever heard of this study that was conducted?..................:uhoh21:

    no, i've never heard of that study, but it doesn't surprise me.

    [color=#483d8b]there is a difference between "safe" and "good" staffing. to me, "safe" is the bare minimum. even then, though, you struggle to get by if things go wrong.

    [color=#483d8b]good staffing allows you to get your work done, plus give your patients the little "extras" that they all deserve -- the therapeutic communication, the detailed teaching, the close monitoring that can catch problems before they become problems: the stuff that gets glossed over in the rush to get all of the meds out.

    [color=#483d8b]management will argue that if nurses have the "extra" time, they spend it goofing off, not giving the time back to the patients. for some nurses, i'm sure that is true. however, not having the time to do these things for our patients, and being so rushed, is what is driving so many nurses out of the profession. i think that the nurses that are leaving are the ones who want to do these things for their patients. it leaves those who don't care, those who haven't gotten sick of it all yet, and those who are too tired at the end of the day to search for a new job. (i may be missing a category here; i apoligize if you are still at the bedside and don't feel as though you fit in one of these groups.)

    [color=#483d8b]to those of you who haven't gotten sick of it all yet, i salute you and admire you, because i got sick of it all long before i thought i would.
  8. by   mercyteapot
    It sounds to me like your supervisor is trying to justify poor staffing with the excuse that ''oh well, they'll never be happy, anyway''.
  9. by   SK-222
    interesting how there are always studies that no one else ever heard of to participate in. On sticky pad, someone needs to draw a little broom and leave it on her desk :trout:
  10. by   Tweety
    Sounds like the supervisor needs to find another job.
  11. by   I_am_Julia
    Could be true in certain situations, however, I've seen a few posters here who are happy with their staff situations.


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    I had a nursing supervisor tell me that nurses will never be happy with staffing.Period. She told me that studies have found that nurses will complain even if they have the staffing they think is safe. I've never heard of this and definitely disagree. Anyone ever heard of this study that was conducted?..................:uhoh21:
  12. by   tryin4newlife
    I think that is not true. Sounds like a statistic or study that someone would make up to prove a point. If there was a study, who conducted it? Generally speaking, when I read a "study" I usually ask myself that question, and if anyone has anything to gain by certain outcomes of the study. Sounds like a study conducted by healthcare management - probably conducted on a REALLY bad day with a goup of very unhappy people. :smiley_ab
  13. by   cappuccino
    You know she never told me who conducted this study. I didn't ask because I was so busy taking care of patients...........
  14. by   mim-o
    I think this is one of the many reasons this individual has made her way to supervisor -she is full of mud. People like this is why the decent supervisors have a bad name. You need to remeind her a good supervisor is one willing to get in the middle of the action with her staff on a regular basis-just to make sure things are being done right of course. What a load of #*$* !!!!!

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