Something Smells (And It's Not the Roses) - page 3

In my job as a postpartum nurse, I take care of moms and newborns. This is a happy place to work. The rooms are filled with proud parents, beautiful infants, and picture-snapping relatives. Cute... Read More

  1. by   Chiggysmom
    Quote from ebear
    OH! Would I love to send a copy of this to corporate! THANK YOU, rn/writer.

    [FONT=Fixedsys]Alas, they wouldn't care. If they cared at all, we wouldn't even be having this conversation right now.
  2. by   rn/writer
    Quote from Leda1st
    LOVE it! Sounds so very much like a certain hospital in my town - I'd almost put money down that you are writing about that particular hospital. It's probably the "purdy-est", most well-decorated hospital in town, but imho it also provides some of the crappiest MEDICAL care (although you will get plenty of warm blankets and a GIFT if you are upset about something). I fear the hospital where I work is thinking of heading in the same direction - and I hope I am wrong. Thank you for an article that was RIGHT ON!
    This is, unfortunately, many hospitals all over the country. We're now in the business of giving people what they (think they) want, rather than what they need. The powers that be confuse flash with substance and choose image over ability again and again. If it looks good, it must be good.

    In years past, they could only get so far before ticking off so many nurses that they had to back away from some of the more ridiculous fads and gimmicks lest they have no one show up to care for the patients. Now, with new grads piling up like cordwood, they can afford to alienate some of the best and brightest seasoned nurses because they have fresh meat to substitute. And hey, the noobs are cheaper, too.

    I encourage any of you who have a role in shared governance to keep the faith and try to persuade anyone with half a brain that all of the business (read money) that the smoke and mirrors bring in can be wiped out with one big lawsuit, and the odds of that happening increase exponentially with higher ratios of inexperienced staff and the constant barrage of distracting marketing ploys.
    Last edit by rn/writer on Nov 19, '11
  3. by   needshaldol
    We had a meeting where every, every staff member had to attend at 4 hrs of pay. So much $ going into this meeting. First hour was about how wonderful we are as nurses and how it is the most rewarding job in the entire world. We got a lecture on "take 5" which is sit down for 5 min and talk to your patient. Well, if they give up some of the unnecessary tasks, that could be possible but they continue to add and add more ridiculous work. Now here is a good one.......have a young non-compliant diabetic, who continues to lose body parts, and he is allowed to go out and smoke if he has a CNA with him. HA HA. Do you think anyone has time for this? The best part:::: we are a NON-SMOKING campus. Maybe the doc needs to put him in his/her car and drive him to a smoking area.
  4. by   ebear
    We don't even have "Obamacare" yet. Can you even imagine the regulations and BS that are coming with the Feds controlling healthcare?
  5. by   Guttercat
    Hot damn that was well-written!
  6. by   txredheadnurse
    Quote from billyboblewis
    Its called marketing and it is based on the American system of competiton. Unfortunately it is the only information some people have to base their healthcare decisions on.
    The truly sad part is that the marketing could still be as effective, maybe even more effective, if it was based on the items that truly make a hospital excellent. Such things as letting the public know that your hospital has the best staffing to patient ratios of both nurses and aides, that the hospital has lowest amount of hospital acquired infections, that the emergency department has an attached urgent care unit that facilitates rapid emergent care in the actual ED and lessens wait time for non life threatening complaints because it isn't all jumbled into one spot.

    These things might not sound as nice as flat screen TVs in every room, cookies and toast delivered to bedside on request and little cookie cutter looking staff running around in their color coordinated scrubs or pristine white uniforms fluffing your pillows but I believe most of the public does want to know what really matters whenever one is hospitalized. They do want to be educated about the realities because most folks absolutely do not know enough of the facts to make informed choices.
  7. by   dscrn
    Quote from tntrn
    And our place just decided nurse would start wearing white......I guess our scores are lower than they are telling us. Of course, the bargaining unit, and I participate on the bargaining committee, said "no way, no how." The nurses did a little vote and Navy was the chosen color. Okay, but even after we pointed out to them that patients still don't know who the nurses are, it's a done deal, I think.

    And we are hearing rumors that our hospital is for sale. Well, that wouldn't be the end of the world. I can think of a couple of groups around that have happy employees. Also hearing the rumor that our OB unit is not long for this world. My retirement plans are perfectly timed, I think. But I worry and fret over my co-workers who still need and want to work....some are young and have decades ahead of them.

    Our nurse manager of less than 18 months just resigned her position effective 12-31 and will take a med-surg staff position.....we are wondering if that is another indication that big changes are afoot.
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THE PC quote!!
  8. by   kbrn2002
    Thank you for writing so well what so many of us feel. We are not nurses, we are not even people.... " Welcome to {insert name of your work place here}, our friendly nursebots will be happy to help you!" All of our valuable input is discarded, none of the decision making is based on our daily reality and the policy makers don't care as long as the bottom line is met. The changes in health care in general and in nursing specifically have definitely declined. Unfortunately I don't see it getting better anytime soon.
  9. by   fiveoffive
    I agree 100%. Very discouraging. Thank you for such a well written article.
  10. by   tokebi
    I am so glad this got bumped up. Otherwise, I would've missed such a wonderful article. The parallel with scentless roses is so apt! I feel like all this corporate transformation that blots out respect for their workers and their individuality but turns them into mindless robots has changed many industries for the worse. I can't believe it's happening in healthcare too.

    Thank you (belatedly) for the well-written article, rn/writer!