Thanks for the replies thus far!
Either people are logging on before going into the ol' salt mines, or they just got off and are heading to bed (like me).
Those "thank you dear, you're wonderful" moments ARE what I love about nursing!
Really warms my heart inside.
To think that I could see the same pt.s over and over and REALLY help them in the long road of recovery or living with illness, that is what seems to attract me to HH right now.
Sure, every week or so I get one of those moments in my current hospital job, but interspersed between those 'highs' are tons of staff-infighting, pettiness, having to sign of on yet another made up competency (that the hospital invented, not anything 'real' like JCAHO or the State requires, although there is that of course as well).
To make matters worse, the hospital has fired/displaced ALL night IV nurses, and ALL night orderly/escort staff; meaning I have to try and fail a stick x2, then the charge RN has two attempts, then we are supposed to call anesthesia, who of course are delighted to be called at 0'dark30 to slip in a butterfly on a renal pt.
And we RN's have to do all the transport to and from OR/ER, which happens alot on our unit at nights, even though the suits think we just dim the lights and babysit while reading novels and surfing the web! :angryfire
Mgmt says this is all about cost-cutting.
Fine, they have a bottom line, that's real life.
However, in the same pay period all these staffing changes took place, the hospital outfitted EVERY unit with an $8000 refrigerator that has a little thermometer and radio in it, and if it goes too warm it dials up some nerve-center in California, and a light beeps on some guys screen, he pushes a button and adjusts the temp remotely.
Of course, all the fairly new fridges we had were checked every morning by an NA, who would document the current temp and adjust it with two fingers if necessary.
So, the hospital claims it's bleeding money and it trying to stop the leak, but instead is hemmorhaging more money than you can shake your stethoscope at.
See why I'm burnt?
Whether I go to HH or something else, the winds they seem a changin'.