Quote from RunningWithScissors
I was replying to another thread on the paltry pay we receive for working the weird hours we do, and it occured to me that, as a professional who holds so much responsibilty, my pay "bonuses" are measured by mere pennies per hour.
We have SO MUCH legal and professional responsiblities sitting squarely on our shouldres, and our yearly merits are rewarded with compensation to the right of a decimal point. That is SO WRONG!!!
We take years to prepare and are required in many states to maintain current on our learing, but we are at the whim of the facility to send us packing in the middle of the day when census drops, only to be called back when it, predictably, picks up again a few hours later.
I think part of the reason we all feel so frustrated here is that we are charged with so much responsiblity, but have very little authority on how we practice, and are treated poorer than checkout clerks. Heck, do you see the grocery store sending their employees home in the middle of the day "Stay by the phone, we'll call you when more customers come in".
And, employers know our jobs are high risk for back and other injuries, but do not purchase the proper aids that would make lifting and transferring patients easier on us. Like we are held in contempt by the facilities that hire us. And then when nurses DO get injured, they are dropped like hot potatoes.
Ladies, if you are a nurse, you are smart enough to make it through law school, vet school, or anything else you want to do. If I wasn't so old and had so many people riding on my salary, I'd switch professions in a heartbeat.
We are ALL too smart to take this maltreatment, and we have NO POWER to do anything. Strike? Union you say? Hah!! Just look at what Petoskey Michigan did....the nurses there went on strike YEARS ago, and the hospital never caved. They just hired temps. Some nurses came limping back with their tails between their legs, some never got their jobs back.
Do your firefighters take this kind of abuse? Your police department? I think not. These "professions" consist of mostly males. Could this be why?? I think so. I thought when more men entered nursing things would change. They did not.
Whew.......have a good day!
I'm with you on this one. The responsibility is very overwhemling at times. Everything that doesn't happen the nurse gets the blame. It's like we are a policeman of the entire facilty. If the patient doesn't get his tray, the nurse gets the blame, not dietary. If there is no laundry on the floor, the nurse gets chewed out by family members; nevermind that we don't do the laundry and have no control over it. If something breaks and maintenance doesn't get to it, who gets blamed? Why, the nurse of course. We get blamed for everything that does not go right because we are the ones that the patients and their families see. I don't think that they sometimes realize that because we are so busy making sure they stay alive and are taken care of, we just don't have time to sit at the desk and stay on top of other department's jobs. But, if you don't, you get pulled aside and written up for not satisfying the "customer".
I understand where you are coming from. I don't feel that the $29,000 a year (that's before taxes) is a very good rate of pay when with one mistake, my license can go down the toilet. And since I'm human and am going to make mistakes no matter how hard I try not to, I'm just waiting for that day. It's quite sad. I wish I could leave all the stress at work, but I often have residual stress when I even think of going to work. My mental exhaustion has spread to my body and I am not physically tired and don't have the energy to do anything.
I have not been to work in 4 days and I feel that I may have an ulcer. I can't sleep at night and my appetite is not so great anymore. All this for $29,000? And I pray all the time to be able to cope with my job, but it's getting harder by the day. Because not only do I deal with irrate family members and the demands of the workplace, but I have to deal with immature, back-stabbing co-workers that seem to focus their time on who they can get in trouble. I often get upset because this is not what I looked forward to when I went into to nursing. Remember when we were going to save the world when we graduated from nursing school? Well, if the world would just let us do OUR job (not everyone else's) we could do that. I'm just waiting for when my heart stops working. Because surely, with it in constant distress, it's just a matter of time. Lord help us all who just want to endure in this profession.