Lab coat nurses. - page 2

Do any of you work at a hospital that is full of older nurses that walk around in lab coats, look important, have their own offices, seem to have the time to make it to every meeting and social... Read More

  1. by   nursegoodguy
    aimeee I think we might have the same don haha... hmmm Oh wait I just remembered mine refuses to work the floor from michigan to nm is a long ways!
  2. by   thisnurse
    ok hey thanks... i think i know what im doing wrong. for one thing my lab coat has the wrong stains...poop pee puke and blood....supposed to be COFFEE. well i get some of that too along with whatever i have for dinner. ..but in the wrong amts. more coffee no fluids.
    my hair and my nails dont match either. my hair is always a mess from running up and down the halls and lifting and such. my nails are never painted cos i cant find the time and are short cos i dont want to jab ppl.
    i dont have any pins either. i lost mine.
    no heels
    no clipboard
    i need to say more things like....ill look into that....we are working on it...i am aware of the situation....we all have to pitch in right now

    thanks you guys...i dont know tho...i dont think i can do justice to my labcoat. im kinda too busy
  3. by   oramar
    I worked at a place that downsized big time. Eliminated all those jobs and forced the suits with license to go back to bedside. They were rude to family and staff cause they were so stressed and made horrible errors in nursing judgment. I came in one day to find a patient burning up with fever, also had change in mental status. Obviously septic but former nurses manager who was now a staff nurse thought the sweating and chills were due to low blood sugar. She gave her juice. I think the woman would have done much better if her sepsis had been identified sooner. Was really a struggle to save her once she started to crash. None of them lasted at bedside very long, they would just stand in the hall and scream and scream. I don't mind suits and lab coats as long as they admit they don't know jack.
  4. by   Fervous
    I work the evening shift, just when the "lab coats" are leaving. We're staffed two RN's for 19 pts, two of which are vents. I'm the senior RN with 3 yrs exp. My help has only been an RN for 9mos. All they say is "we tried" "just hang in there it will get better." It did, we both got an admission that night, no more help, but lots of overtime... Where was the adm? At home in bed... RN super was a psych RN for a couple of years, then went straight to administration...knows alot of nothing about floor nursing. - The RN manger will help out on daylight, very rarely see her on evenings, unless she's saying goodbye, and never see her on nights. Needless to say...spotless lab coats...
  5. by   oramar
    PS I should note that the nurse manager to staff nurse that I mentioned in early post was a good nurse manager, hers was one of the nicer floors to work on. It is just that when you get away from it for a while you just lose your touch. She actully was upset about the oversight, admited the mistake to me.
  6. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by P_RN
    Now a lot of us DID wear labcoats. The difference in us and them? Our coat tails were the ones flapping in the breeze. Theirs were the ones wrinkled from sitting.
    I love that! :roll
  7. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by thisnurse
    i need to say more things like....ill look into that....we are working on it...i am aware of the situation....we all have to pitch in right now
    You forgot....

    "You need to think outside the box..."
    "Let's review performance management issues..."
    "Due to budget constraints..."
    "Think of how you can manage your time more efficiently..."
    "I'll be glad to discuss with with you after my meeting..."

    And go to lots of meetings. Lots and lots of meetings. Meet to discuss meetings. Have a meeting to look at all the meetings. Meet to plan more meetings...
  8. by   Stargazer
    My favorite ICU NM was promoted from a staff position. After she'd been an NM about a week, she was in the nurses' station one day and we asked her how it was going. She confessed, "I can already feel my ass spreading from sitting in meetings all day long!" :chuckle
  9. by   JeannieM
    Ok, everybody, get the hand grenades ready, because here goes. I'm hurt and I'm angry. I don't wear a labcoat, but I suppose I could be called a "lab coat person". I didn't become what I am (a CNS, not a manager) because I wanted to leave the bedside. I went on because after 20-odd years at the beside and loving every minute of it, I felt like I was ready to grow and give back. I started out wearing scrubs, but I found out that if I needed to get between a doctor and a chewed-on nurse, or present a patient care issue to a committee, I seemed to carry more weight in business clothes. (Yes, there are plenty of committees, and I respect them a helluva lot more now that I know what they do). I agree that that isn't right, but it's how it worked out for me. If I'm going by in the hall (sans clipboard, thank you) and an IV pump is going off or a call light is on or someone needs help cleaning poo; well, my butt isn't sacred, and I can roll up the sleeves and put on the gloves with the best of them. I can also research evidence-based guidelines and policies for practice (something the staff nurses don't have time to do), go to bat to get nurses the safety equipment that they need (one of my worthless committees came out of back safety concerns voiced by staff nurses), and try to improve patient outcomes (another one of my useless performance initiatives involves lab errors). For my pathetic efforts, and my Masters, I probably get paid less than most of you do, especially if you work nights, specialty units or agency.
    And by the way, I'm working with managers who have gone to bat for their staff members against doctors, upper level managers, and even patients and their families. If they aren't out on the floor helping, it's probably because they are having it out with human resources over paying you overtime for the 2 hours that you spent working that code in the parking lot before you had even clocked in.
    Whew! I feel much better now...
  10. by   catlady
    I wish I could take credit for the saying, but someone on a board called them the "pearls and pumps" nurses. So true.

    I was not happy when a new dress code came out and nursing management was apparently required to wear lab coats. A little re-reading showed it was *only* if you were in streets--and I was always in scrubs, so I put that nasty lab coat away!

    I don't know where the obsession with lab coats began anyway. IIRC, in the hospital where I trained many moons ago, everyone was required to wear a lab coat when off the unit, supposedly as an infection control measure. Wouldn't want to bring nasties back to your working area.
  11. by   LasVegasRN
    LOL, Jeannie got fired up! You go girl. :kiss
  12. by   fedupnurse
    Oh, Jeannie M???? I hate to inform you, but since you DO advocate for the staff, You, my friend, are NOT a lab coat person, even if you wear one. Pumps and Pearls, Clipboard people, Clickity-clacks, lab coat people, whatever you would like to call them fit the following description:
    Haven't done your job since the pyramids were built but tell you how to do your job, pat you on the head and say "do the best you can " when they allow umpteen admissions on a inadequately staffed floor, or say if you are given lemons make lemonade, hide in their offices when the staff is drowning. Not only doesn't intervene but sides with those chewing out the nurse. Oh there are a million others but I think you get the point: I don't care what you wear, if you advocate for a staff nurse and for patients, you are NOT a clipboard person. YOU are an idol to staff nurses. We love people like you to be there to support us. Please, JeannieM, keep up the good work and keep advocating. I'd kill to have someone like you above me on the food chain!!!!!
  13. by   dianah
    To paraphrase something I read (somewhere, maybe here???): Rome didn't become mighty by holding meetings;
    they just killed all who opposed them.

    In our facility (and I'm NOT a supr or mgr) we're told the lab coats make us look "more professional." Maybe cuz the stains can be counted and distinguished one from another more readily . . .

    JennieM, I agree w/above posters: keep up what yer doin'!! -- D