Blowing the whistle on your facility - page 2
For a few months now the quality of care has been drastically declining at the facility that I work at due to the administration trying to cut back on spending. The staffing ratio was never good... Read More
Jan 25, '09Honestly that place has lawsuits and loss of your valuable licensure written all over it. I understand that you have a family to feed but it is best that you find another job for the next upcoming months to preserve your health and your safety.I, however, applaud you respectfully for voicing the daily happenings of many LTC facilities where the quality of care is menial.
Jan 26, '09Based on my experience, I would either have a frank and nonjudgemental talk with the DON, Perhaps outside of the facility and based on how that goes, I would either decide to look for a better place or help the DON improve care or just take valium myself before each shift. - It all depends on the DON. If she is not into improving things - forget it . You might be surprised by what you hear from her. Please talk gently to her, you dont know what her side of things are. DONT tell her that you are thinking of going to the union or reporting problems to the state!!
Jan 26, '09Wow Bx_RN2be, that is absolutely atrocious! How can anyone reasonably be expected to get all that done?
The problem is, administration types often get bonuses for saving money. Many organizations do this. That's why these corporate executives get all these bonuses when they're downsizing. Hospitals have similar incentives. I assume LTC also follows this practice.
Jan 27, '09Get another job, start applying immediately, but we have to stand up for those that cannot stand up for themselves. Blow the whistle-really loud!
(No comments re loss of income please. I have blown more than one whistle, and still raised 3 children as a single parent- mortgage, car payments, college...)
An old joke: "we have established what you are, now we are just haggling over price." (Don't be part of that joke-too many people are)
Please don't have a price- BLOW the whistle.
Teach your children what being a nurse and a human is about.
I would rather work shoveling dirt from a cesspool than sit quietly and watch sick or elderly be mistreated.
You only have one life- don't compromise.
Good luck with whatever road you take- but the one less traveled makes all the difference!!
Jan 30, '09Sounds like an average day in my facility. No wonder so many LPN's are getting their RN and moving out of LTC/sub-acute. I have no faith in the state inspections anymore.
Jan 30, '09I actually did that years ago, I was ADON, I found that my name had been added to the schedule,, to have RN coverage. I was very upset w/DON & administrator, when SBOH came to do their survey. I waited until no one was really looking, opened the door to the conference room, where they were looking over records, and I spilled it all the the board. My administrator tried to come in and interrupt, by saying I was disgruntled. They refused to let her in, and let me speak my piece. I then quit right after I told everything I knew. I left there and got hired
somewhere else the same day. It never affected my career. But I truely felt, and still do, the safety of the residents is most important. You could call them anonymously. You could also go get another job, and then call. I think things improved for probably 6months maybe a year, but went right back to what it was.
Jan 31, '09They tried that as well by my facility and I said NO, do not put my name as part of every unit since I am not listed on the schedule. So they didn't and its a good thing as they checked the schedules for the last 6 months to see that the names listed were matching the names given. I was lucky they listened to me... or I'd have had to quit as well.
Feb 1, '09I'm glad I never worked in a facility where there was such a huge 'us vs. them' situation...them being the dreaded management. I've had staff threaten to call the DPH for all sorts of things. One evening the RN had 21 patients. She told me she was going to call the DPH because she knew the regs and 21 was too many. I tried to explain to her the regs. She wouldn't listen so I handed her the DPH hotline number. I've worked in places where the staff tells anyone who'll listen that they have no supplies. Why then when I open the Med room door, which they all had a key to and which was 2 feet away from where they were standing, there were boxes of the necessary equipment. The first person to talk to should be your supervisor...not the DPH. If that doesn't work, speak to your supervisor's supervisor. The DPH should be your last resort, not your first.