LUCKY! to have a job

  1. During these hard financial times, I have heard management repeatedly tell staff 'you are lucky to have a job'. Now whilst we appreciate we are indeed fortunate to have employment being told this repeatedly to control a bad working environment is in my opinion bullying, in truth they are getting away with during this period of hardship among our community.

    What I find worrying is that this type of control which is being utilized during this time, will be difficult to overturn once things return to 'normality', because even the nurses who will speak their mind, stand up for what is right, support their less fortunate colleagues are now quiet and the silence is deafening.

    Nurses work hard, we demand respect from our management, fellow employees, other members of the multi-disciplinary team, pts and family members, yet we struggle to actually achieve this.

    Most nurses when questioned really just want respect and acknowledgement for a job well done and sometimes it seems we are swimming up stream to achieve any sort of recognition.

    Throughout the years we have been labelled as 'Angels', 'Handmaidens', 'Battleaxes" and 'Whores' (nurse education today vol 4, pages 121-127) I dont know which one you are but I cannot relate to any of these labels.

    I would see myself as provider of care, pill pusher, drug enabler, punching bag, furniture mover, phone sales person, scriber, pack horse, bed maker, family counciller, security guard, mind reader, housekeeper, but most of all Lucky to have a job!
    Last edit by Joe V on Jan 13, '15
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  3. by   VickyRN
    I can tell you what I am... I am an autonomous competent health care professional, a NURSE! And I save lives.

    And yes, this sad state of affairs you describe will continue ad nauseum until... we gain control of our profession! Others now control us and our professional practice environments.
  4. by   VTBabyNurse
    I have been a nurse a mere 3 years, but I am learning how true it is that we don't have control over our own professions or environments...for example...I work in the nursery at my hospital where an RN is required to be present at all times. We are not allowed to have any food or drink in our area because we might "confuse it with lab samples" or some bogus excuse like that. We are "stuck" in the nursery, in a high-paced environment and it is hard to leave our area to go get a sip of water. Working a 12 hour shift with little access to essential things like that can be tough on the body.

    Just this week they started actually writing people up if they are caught with a drink in the nursery. Are we in kindergarten??? Obviously the people who made this rule do not actually do our job and have no idea what the lived experience is like. Sometimes I feel like they are trying to take away our last few comforts we have as nurses.

    Also, it's a little demeaning when you are sent an email telling you not to clock in even one minute early or late. Come on! We are working our tails off, expected to provide a high degree of quality care and we get a slap on the wrist for not staying within our time boundaries.

    How many times have we heard, patients come to the hospital for nursing care..and yet we feel under-appreciated and are bossed around all the time.

    Just my opinion...I am sure I am not alone.
  5. by   rockwell108
    so very true . Our freedom of speech is being taking away from us each day. Nurses need to support each other
    stop the backstabbing... fight for safe patient care ratios .. We can do it
  6. by   lancal2
    I Feel your pain. It's as though all managers were given the same montra handbook letting us know how lucky we are to have jobs... then bully us into working longer hours... and in my case, without pay. And if management hear us grumbling, we are pulled into their office for a write up...and if we get 3 write ups, then we are let go. So now, everyone is walking on eggshells. And the funny thing is, we do telephonic case management, so If we all walked at once, the company would tank within a day. Now I can see why there is such a shortage.
  7. by   ksrose1
    I am so tired of being told "At least you have a job." I work weekends only meaning Friday, Saturday, and Sunday....anyway on Tuesday a fellow nurse (we are not sure who, this is the problem) left a flush in the breakroom. Management found out and and on Friday when I came in I found that all licensed personal had been written up. They said since they could not figure out who had done it and we have all been several times we would all be held responsible. Yeah, I'm happy to have a job.......
  8. by   vloho
    I was the fat that got trimmed
  9. by   harley94xl
    I love to turn this comment around and tell them they are lucky to have prudent compentant nurses, or you wouldn't have a hospital. I have also come to the conclusion that its all about numbers. I work in an ICU in a smaller community hospital. Its funny, because they keep preaching that since we are a small town community, we need to take care of our patients and treat our patients with respect a little more. This makes no sense at all. I take care of all my patients the same way. Just because you are the owner of a big business and give our hospital lots of money doesn't mean that I will treat you any different than somene else who is having the same medical problems. I thought it was funny the other day, I was charge. our one nursing supervisor gives patients a patient to nurse ratio of 1 to 1 to 4 to 1. The magic number was 6. We had 6 nurses that day. I looked at the supervisor and told her, I guess we can't take any admissions or transfers, because we would be over our nurse to patient ratio. She didn't say anything. Yes, I am one of those who tells you that I don't like what your doing under no particular circumstances. I just graduated with my BSN and am tired of the politics of upper managment. Anyways, are we lucky to have a job? I say no. I say, your lucky to have nurses who fight for great care and treatment of your patients!
  10. by   aereo2002
    I am on the same boat. The hospital I worked at until this week, has been using the same rethoric to control, even more, the saff, and not only that, they did cut a lot of the benefits, blaming it on the economy. Of course, all the benefits that the employees had, such as, USP differential (a $5/hr extra for working unscheduled shifts, so that, they could save by not using too much agency), 100% tuition reimbursement, and not allowing the per diem nurses to schedule in advance, besides that, they will not give merit raises, let alone, cost of living raises this year, then, all sacrifices are for the employees.
    My case is very common, I voiced my dissagreement with all this, and said it openly. It did cost me the position. They forced me to resign. The "nurse manager," if you can call such an arbitrary, autocratic person, a manager, suddenly gave me a final warnig for unnaceptable behavior, such as, complaining during shift change that the pt was a pain in the butt, or saying that I was going to have a bad night, or because someone heard me gossiping, or a CNA said I was not quick enough responding to a pt's request.
    In the end, I was forced to resign. Fortunately, I found job with an agency, making more money, but with less benefits, but I hope it will work better.
    The morals of the lesson is: learn to submit yourself to a communist style system, where voicing your thoughts, is punished. Then, you have not rights to disagree, Do not complain of being understaff and picking up more patient load, Do not say you are unhappy with not getting a raise, Do not say you disagree with not getting your extra pay when working OT, Do not complain for loosing the tuition help, .DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT.
    In the meantime, management did not cut their bonuses, the institution did not cut the expenses on remodeling and building a new pavillion, and the CEO got a 25% raise.
    I, also, can't wait for things to return to normal, and see what they will do when the struggle to hire nurses, which still is a problem even in this down economy becuase I still see it, and the competition to hire a nurse is all over again.
  11. by   Laney123
    Lucky to have a job? I am so sick of hearing this. Although jobs are not as plentiful as they were a mere 5 years ago, there are many jobs available for competent, compassionate and flexible nurses. When told by the vice president of nursing that we were "lucky to have our jobs", I replied, "as you are VERY lucky to have us". I am a clinical leader in the PACU at an moderate sized community hospital, and not only a patient advocate, but also a nursing advocate.
    We need to stand strong and united as nurses. We ARE the epitome of healthcare and we need to remember that. It is time we stand up for ourselves as a TEAM and demand the repect we show all other professions as well as our patients.
    I worked 17hours yesterday, due to being on call after my regular shift... how is that lucky? Im exhausted today. I think the patient is lucky that I can function after so many hours. What other profession does that?
    Last edit by Laney123 on May 14, '09 : Reason: addening a comment
  12. by   joanncm109
    I have been an RN for 30+ years working full time from the beginning. I made a move to another state. I had been with my previous employer for 20 years. After I got settled I applied for a job and got the position. However after only 7 months, I was terminated. My supervisor said "it wasn't a good fit" That is the only reason I was given for the termination. I had not been written up and was never given any indication my job was in jeopardy. I am still unemployed after 9 months. I cannot find a job. I have applied for about 30 positions.
    Most do not even reply. I have had only 5 interviews. At this point should I think it is the termination effecting me, even though the HR from that institution said I was fine for rehire? Or is it my age? (even though I have
    ALOT of experience) When a company calls a former employer, what is the former employer allowed to say
    regarding your employment? It is just so ironic that I worked for 30 years with no problems and then this.
    Any one else had this type problem?
  13. by   SuesquatchRN
    I'm in a non-clinical capacity and believe me, it spills over. It isn't limited to nursing these days.
  14. by   Laney123
    From what I understand,when a perspective employer contacts a former employer, only concrete objective questions can be asked. Questions about tardiness for work, number of sick days used, how long the person was at the job, their salary etc. They are not allowed to anwser questions of a subjective nature like, was she a problem at work? Did she get along with co-workers? Negative answers can be considered slander against the person trying to get a new job. :angryfire They may also ask "Would you rehire this person? That question kind of sums it all up.
    Good luck with the job search. Im sure something will be the right fit. What kind of nursing do you do?