Nurses' Week - Upended. - page 7
I have worked for a large hospital system for about nine years now. My initial Catholic hospital was acquired by a larger hospital system in the same area more or less because of a failure to thrive.... Read More
May 13Quote from meanmaryjeanI once worked in a facility many years ago that would cater a nice meal for all shift. Adminstration had to come in on nights and serve them too. It was nice.A personal, in-person 'thank you' from one's administrative team to each and every nurse DURING THEIR SHIFT (yes, administration would have to come in at night) would go a long, long way.
May 15I have given up waiting for my employer to celebrate me. I celebrated myself during nurses week and I celebrated my coworkers. I celebrate myself every day when I put myon. I'm so proud to be a nurse!! Now where's that person with Syphilis because my bicillins are ready to go...
May 16For me, and I am saying that this is just for me, my satisfaction as a Registered Nurse comes from knowing I gave the best quality care to patients throughout my shift. it is an internal satisfaction and I have never left a shift where a patients or another nurse have said, "Thank you for your help" at least once throughout the shift. Those words are just secondary to the internal satisfaction, as is any material form of "thanks."
I remember my first nursing job my manager asked if I got my "gift." i said "What gift?" She said for Nurses week - and then I replied, "This is nurses week?" We had a good laugh over that. It was a nice sized tote bag. There were individual bags with our names on them. I never thought of it as some type of recognition or "thanks" - because I really do not expect anything.
I do take issue with the CEs though. The best way to hanlde that is ask for time off without using PTO to take those CEs in lieu of shift work. If you are in a large MAGNET hospital, surely they have a float pool. It is very difficult to think of a manager, especially in a MAGNET hospital, who would deny an RN the opportunity for CEs. Whenever I had classes or CEs to go through, that was always figured into my 36 hour work week, because managers don't want to pay you overtime for "clocking in" for CEs .
Sometimes we base things off of assumptions ("I cannot attend these CEs because I work night shift") rather than discussing it with the unit manager. I am the type of person that, if enough CEs were offered to meet my contact hours requirement for RN license renewal, I would ask to not work that week so I can fulfill these requirements.
May 17Apparently our system has "hospital week" from May 7--18 and they provide box lunches (sandwiches, chips, cookie) but my location hasn't had it yet.
May 19I hate to be a real whiner, but I was disappointed with our nurses week, as well. It was lumped in with "hospital week" and the activities and goodies (there was a sandwich day and root beer float day, if I recall) were strictly 11am-1pm --day shift only. Night shift wasn't even given the sad leftovers like usual. No gifts, no administration telling us thank you, just a few posters up in the break room inviting us to "hospital week."
I know it's not a make it or break it deal, but a "thank you, we appreciate all your hard work," really goes a long way.
May 21No gift from my hospital either. One of the events they had was a luau themed lunch. The CEO sent out an email inviting all staff to wear Hawaiian shirts, unless, of course, they wear the mandatory antimicrobial uniform --- aka everyone the lunch was for! I just thought the email showed how out of touch management can be. Like, first of all, did you really think we were going to be like, "I can wear a Hawaiian shirt to work?! I thought this day would never come! Thank you, Mr. CEO!!!" Second of all, if you expect people to wear their uniform, this Hawaiian shirt "privilege" is really only for employees that don't wear a uniform, which, in my hospital, is mostly management and office workers, who, while much appreciated, aren't being celebrated during Nurses' Week.
May 22It's statements like that which leave bad tastes in others mouths. It's no wonder they are phasing out gift buying for nurses. Anyone entitled enough to expect an in person thank you in the middle of the night is quite frankly ridiculous. You mean to tell me that you expect your administrators to make a flow chart and disrupt their personal lives just for you to have the satisfaction of knowing that they were inconvenienced? There are hundreds of Nurses with various schedules! Fellow nurses we really have to get it together and realize that wishing inconvenience upon others, just to feel better about ourselves is hampering our profession. Comments like that make us look bad. Next time you have a bright idea please keep it to yourself.
Jun 6It is discouraging to work your tail off providing great nursing care only to be brushed aside like too many toys in a toy box.
Coming from Nursing and Administration I see both sides. But I always acknowledge nurses by giving them a float day paid. This is why I do this: You are worth it. We are worth it.
It is hard to acknowledge in todays environment because as usual I will most surely offend someone not meaning to offend. Dammed if I do and Dammed if I don't. One year I could not do the day off due to budgets so I got each nurse a 20.00 it was all I had in the budget and not enough. 50 percent complained about the gift (I also paid out of my own pocket about 100.00).
I think that it is the Thank you, it could be just a rose, a book marker with a saying nurses turn over each cover! It is the little things that count. An outward expression of how much you are valued.
What I read here on this forum is the typical standard if you do not like it get another job, you are being targeted get another job, too much patient load I will look for another job...the list goes on and on and when you do move, really the end result is, same crap just different faces.
I think nurses need to join forces together, no matter what specialty you have, and really begin to make waves much like those teachers did to get a raise only we need to not only get a raise but better patient loads and CPT codes for reimbursement for nursing services. Until we do this together we will always have a comment that can be positive or negative. We will continue to be viewed as a necessary tool, a sunk cost- but necessary.