PR pep rallies

  1. I'm going to a mandatory meeting this am at the hospital where I work ER. It's the 2nd day of the 2 sessions, so I've got a 'heads up' on what to expect...the usual "get happy, do the PR thing, your concerns are important to us(yeah),etc"
    Am I just cynical or has anyone else noticed that no matter how 'into it' or invested I become in the newest 'pep rally' that nothing really changes and that the work and the crap just get steadily worse? My 'concern' most recently was understaffing at night, I was serious and thought it an appropriate topic to bring up w/ my manager, and I truly believed the "my door is open" stuff. Was told that it's not going to change, get over it. period. end of discussion. But, I'm supposed to put on a happy face and find new and creative ways to make our pt's feel 'welcome'?? do they even hear what they're saying? I know they dont hear what I"M saying, but if they only listened to themselves they could tell how unrealistic they are being. Thanks for letting me get this off my chest. I love nursing, I love my patients. I do what I do in service to mankind. really. I can handle not being paid what I'm worth, not being shown any appreciation (well, I do thrive on the little old ladies who do say thanks for making me feel better), and I can even 'make do' with little equipment and supplies, but this understaffing is endagering 'MY People", MY patients! I know things are as bad or worse other places, but that doesn't help me figure out what to do. ANy thoughts????
    thanks for listening.
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    Since I don't own pom poms and nobody wants to see me in a short, flippy skirt - no way am I a cheerleader!!!
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    yuck all i can say. sounds like they are trying to bandaid some more serious underlying issues with this and usually these are not permanent fixes. try not to gag too much when you go.
  5. by   sunnybrook83
    Been there, done that. The facility I used to work with spent literally thousands having "customer relations specialists" to come in and tell us to do the things we were doing. I figure the cost would have paid at least 1 FT nurse a year, but it's more important to have someone come in and tell you how to be happy!
    Part of the reason I went to agency nursing....
  6. by   ERNurse752
    Yaaaaaaaaaay, spirit sprinkles!!!!!!!!!

    :hatparty: :spin:
  7. by   BBnurse34
    Last year, at the same time California nurses Union was making a bid (surprise surprise) we all had to attend a two day seminar.The seminars ran over months to get everyone in. It was held at an elite country club that served us gormet meals.
    The topic was working together and avoiding third parties.
    I was angry that so much money was spent in such a wasteful manner (and so obviously union busting). We would have preferred that the money was spent solving the nurse to pt ratio.
    Unfortunately, some people bought into it
  8. by   sjoe
    LVNurse. Sounds to me as though you hit the nail on the head. These people are more interested in appearances ("always be sincere (and smile), whether you mean it or not.") than they are about fixing anything. People like this rarely change, IMHO. They belong in sales, not in administration.
  9. by   RyanRN
    Well SOMEBODY is getting points for "innovative thinking" today!!!!!!!

    We should be very glad, keeps the ecomony moving right along!! Has absolutely ZERO to do with nursing and the current issues, but hey, they get to go home and do the happy dance!!!