I've had enough.
We had our nurses meeting Friday and our DON stated that we are no longer allowed to work ANY overtime. Like anyone really wants to. And she made the statement to me that she didn't understand how anyone that worked nights would ever need to work OT. That did it.
We have up to 40 beds and at nite I get 1 cna. The greater proportion of these residents are total care - I've found it hard to believe that they expect 1 cna to do it all. Plus at nite, I get to do all the bookwork type stuff.
They just recently pulled my wonderful nite aide to days, and gave me a new aide - she will probably work out, but she's new, and still trying to get her routine down.
Now, I've been told I'm the only nurse who will stop during med pass to take a resident to the BR. I'm sorry, I thought this was part of patient care. I'm to practice better 'time management'. Well, with only 1 cna, and if she's on the other side of the building, I'm supposed to tell them NO?
I'm never late with my medpass, and have the cart stocked and waiting for the day shift when they walk in the door. But if things have been running crazy during the nite, I save any piddling charting for then.
During this meeting I told the DON that she needed to come spend some time on our shift if she thinks we have it so easy.
But it doesn't matter - I applied at another home that I've been waiting for an opening to come up. They're bigger, and I really was impressed with their DON, and have talked to a couple of the nurses there and they like it.
Oct 21, '06
Hey, thanks, Kelly. If it doesn't work, I think I'm going to be done with LTC. I've had a hankering to work for Blockbuster Video!!
It's going to be interesting - after I quit this is going to leave them with only 1 RN - and she is actively looking. The other part-time RN quit the other day.
They advertised for a long time before I took the part-time nite job, then supposedly hired me for my years of experience - then pay no attention when I try to tell them anything - for instance the recent trach patient I posted on.
When I interviewed, I asked why previous nurses had quit, and was told that every one of them was a bad nurse. I'm sure that the next person will be told that about me.
Last edit by banditrn on Oct 21, '06