You Just Don't Care!!! - page 2
and now that i have your attention........ could we please declare a ban on this phrase? at least among nurses. we all know the situation. you run your glutes off all 12 hours of your shift. ... Read More
Oct 24, '07Joined: Mar '06; Posts: 116; Likes: 64Boy aint that the truth!!! The rest of the non nursing world just cant comprehend. Definately send it in to nursing journal and local newspaper.
Oct 24, '07Occupation: RN Specialty: ER ; Joined: Aug '06; Posts: 515; Likes: 352This just about broke my heart when I read it - because it's SO TRUE! Many times I do see registry and agency nurses getting the ****** end of the stick, but it is also happening to staff nurses too.
I think our society has evolved into such a ME, ME, ME, ME FIRST culture. In their effort to get to the front of the line, those that need the least help are willing to knock to the ground and step on the backs of those whom need the most help.
And in our chosen field, our administrators and nurse leaders are promoting just that concept. Are we rewarded for giving quality care? No. Is management estatic that patient satisfaction scores are up because I gave the extra fluffy pillow (well, really the only pillow on the unit) to the ambulatory, annoying whiner instead of the old guy with an arthritic neck? Yes, yes, yes! Because we all know it's the WHINER that's going to fill out that survey form.
Back to the point. Caroladybelle, I have no answer for you. Many times the only satisfaction that you're going to get is knowing that you've done the right thing.Last edit by jojotoo on Oct 24, '07
Oct 24, '07Joined: Dec '06; Posts: 245; Likes: 91Thanks for such a well written post.
And I not only think you should submit that essay to nursing journals and the local paper, I think you should submit it to the "My Turn" column of Newsweek.
Hope your next day on the job is better.
Oct 24, '07Occupation: Assessment Nurse Specialty: 39 year(s) of experience in Case Management, Home Health, UM ; Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 2,611; Likes: 940Wow. What a read.
If only the Networks would can their tabloid trash and read this out loud on the air....then maybe the plight of nursing would get the attention that it deserves.
Oct 24, '07Joined: Aug '07; Posts: 80; Likes: 36I would definitely send this to the paper, journals, newsweek, whatever because it is extremely well written and shows how a lot of nurses feel. The public has no clue and maybe this would help them to see that we do work hard. Keep you head up and keep doing a good job.
Oct 24, '07Specialty: 28 year(s) of experience in Med/surg,Tele,PACU,ER,ICU,LTAC,HH,Neuro ; Joined: Sep '07; Posts: 463; Likes: 177I love Satire.
I love Dave Berry.:bowingpur
Does he still write for the Miami Herald?
He would LOVE your post.
What I lOVE most about your well written VENT is that it has what nursing is all about .....COMPASSION.....:1luvu:Last edit by leslymill on Oct 24, '07
Oct 24, '07Joined: Oct '02; Posts: 60,582; Likes: 17,339Were you following me around??? You just told my story.
Oct 24, '07Specialty: Trauma ICU,ER,ACLS/BLS instructor ; Joined: Jul '07; Posts: 395; Likes: 293For some reason, and I do not really know why,agency nurses are not liked normally by floor nurses. They think because of the higher pay ,these people should work harder or take the worst pts on the unit. Anyone has the choice to be an agency nurse,anyone. They might make more money per hour but they float first,can be moved multiple times in a shift, they do not get the same benifits u do,most do not get OT for some holidays or weekend differential.
If u r so jealous of what they get,then become one, walk in their shoes for a shift. If not ,why can't we all be friends?
Great post! You spoke for many!
Oct 24, '07Occupation: R.N. Joined: May '07; Posts: 3,228; Likes: 3,680Quote from bethinSadly, they wouldn't. Because the ones who act like asses and feel so "entitled" never recognize themselves.I think this should be submitted to a nursing journal and posted to your local paper's editorial column. Maybe then the public will read it and start to get it.
Oct 24, '07Joined: Jun '06; Posts: 7,195; Likes: 7,917ahhhhhhh, your patient's wife certainly "got" it......more than one facet of "it"......she knew you worked your butt off, and she knew that you had been "stuck" with a mess......and picked a very "sweet" way of saying a particularly poignant thank you......i think Newsweek would be a good idea......anon. of course....
Oct 24, '07Occupation: R.N. Joined: May '07; Posts: 3,228; Likes: 3,680Quote from cmo421I really don't get paid more. I can't tell you how many regular staff nurses are shocked to learn that as a traveler, I don't get paid vacations, holidays, sick time, differentials, etc. And that if I don't work, not only do I not get paid but I have to pay my agency a day's rate for my apartment and utilities (if the time isn't somehow made up during the contract). On my last assignment, that came to about $100 for each day missed. (I don't recall the rate for this one; however, it is higher due to the area I'm in)For some reason, and I do not really know why,agency nurses are not liked normally by floor nurses. They think because of the higher pay ,these people should work harder or take the worst pts on the unit. Anyone has the choice to be an agency nurse,anyone. They might make more money per hour but they float first,can be moved multiple times in a shift, they do not get the same benifits u do,most do not get OT for some holidays or weekend differential.
We have no leverage beyond what we can negotiate in our contract with each facility... if we find ourselves in a position that is miserable, too bad. Quitting means paying the agency for breach of contract. This happened to a traveler I worked with on my second assignment... she'd quit a prior assignment over what she deemed unsafe practice (and I had to agree with her from her description), but her agency did not feel it was so, and she was forced to pay back the remainder of her contract.
Yes, I choose to travel. I'm aware of the risks. One thing I learned early on is to purchase disability insurance to cover me if I do get sick (found out the hard way when I had emergent surgery and had to be out of work for 6 weeks)
But I love the job. So far, it's been worth it.
Oct 24, '07Joined: Sep '07; Posts: 520; Likes: 144I'm not a nurse yet but I hope someday to join the ranks. Thank you for such a well-written piece that shows what it can be like to be a nurse. In spite of everything, I believe that it's a calling, and a good nurse can't help but care even when it's hard or seems thankless. I hope everything gets better for you! Thanks again!
Oct 24, '07Occupation: RN Case Manager Specialty: 4 year(s) of experience in PCU, Home Health ; Joined: Sep '06; Posts: 254; Likes: 178If you find yourself at my hospital- well you wouldnt probably be on my floor because I am tele- but we would make sure you got a break and we would be nice. I am sorry you had a crazy day- but I am glad that you are a nurse. And I think that Harrveyy and his family are probably very unhappy people so they reap their reward for their ways. I am going to call a drug company and see if someone can come up with a Godiva drip.:flowersfo