Ugh. Planetree. It sounds so wonderful in THEORY, but when the rubber hits the road, FORGET IT. As someone else said, we are nurses, NOT resort hostesses!!! And as another said, the additional burden on the staff can be enormous - often providing them with the "last straw"!!! These remarks are right on, in my opinion.
If when implementing Planetree, they also hired many extra nurses to cut the nurse to pt ratio in half, then maybe Planetree would work. But I simply could not assess pts, pass meds, monitor IV drips/cardiac rhythms/lab values, change dressings, deal with emergencies, and, oh in addition to all this sing, entertain, massage, and cook gourmet meals for my patients!! What am I, Wonder Woman?!?!? Some things, like deluxe hospital lobbies with waterfalls, grand piano and comfy couches may sound so nice, BUT, BUT....it makes the families forget they are in a HOSPITAL, and they instead think they are in a resort hotel. And their expectations go sky high, whether consciously or subconsciously.
Ya know, I left the hospital setting over 4 years ago for several reasons - one being the pts and families were excessively and increasingly demanding. I ran from the bedside screaming. Excessive burnout after about 14 yrs as a hospital nurse. And now that I think of it, PLANETREE was implemented a couple years before I left. I never really put two and two together, but as another post said, I believe that this created the LAST STRAW for me.
Quote; "According to our nurse manager, If a patient has to use there call bell -we have failed them." GOOD GRIEF!!!!!!!!!!!! Yep, hearing things like this confirms for me that I did the right thing leaving the hospital setting over 4 years ago. I will never go back.