When I first started nursing...I worked at a County Hospital where MOT was the normal. And dumb me...worked as many as 80 hrs or more in a week...and thought nothing of it. Until I got my paycheck and found I had been taxed at twice the rate!!! Then I decided I would do just 16hr OT...and still thought those who worked OT were go getters...and totally cool! Boy was I dumb! Then I started seeing nurses make stupid mistakes because of being too tired to think correctly or quickly when they needed to. I think working OT on a regular basis....drains you...in an already stressful occupation. NO ....I don't think using MOT is an appropriate fix to the nursing shortage. Some people can work extra hours ..and have no difficulty in doing so. Others can barely handle full time...and OT is not in their or their pts best interest!
The only way to fix the nursing shortage...is to provide safe staffing/pt ratios...and entice all those nurses who have been burnt out on MOT...and managements who don't care! Poor working conditions have created this shortage...by treating nurses as if they didn't matter....were a dime a dozen...and there were more where they came from. Well...I guess they were wrong weren't they. And now they want to claim...there is a shortage...and are starting to target a new generation ....to entice them into the profession. Well they had better fix the problems and the thinking of those in managment....who thought or think, ... there is a nurse out there on every corner....just waiting for them to tap them on the shoulder, and give them the privilege of being mistreated by their holinesses! Management would do better to be willing to treat nurses as professional s...instead of hand maidens, to do their bidding without question. To not try and threaten...or conjole them into being "team players "! We're tired of being the be all, and the end all for those who think they can just snap their fingers...and we jump! Those days are quickly coming to an end...and soon....unless much of how we're treated changes ...management will soon discover....that finding a warm body will be increasing more difficult...and finding a competent nurse will be come a rarity!
Just the other nite...I worked with a wonderful nurse who had never
worked in a hospital before ...and had no
experience on Telemetry at all! I also worked with a NA who had NO
formal training... at all
! In the past this would have never
happened on any hospital unit...let alone telemetry! I hesititant to even think about what I will find working tonite!