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House sup down time

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by Gampopa Gampopa (Member)

Gampopa has 10 years experience and specializes in Adult M/S.

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What do other house sups do with their down time when you have it at work? It has been really slow at my hospital and I am bored to tears. For that matter what do you do other than problem solve and staffing when it is busy? I think I'm in the wrong position and need to move onto something else.

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I never heard of a house super not having enough to do.  Can you do some online training in order to set yourself up for another job?  I wish I had your problem.

If it were me I would be very happy to help floor nurses when I have finished my work.  Even restocking, cleaning things that don't get cleaned often, like pill crushers.  Making sure staff have enough of what they need to do their jobs.  IDK.

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K+MgSO4 has 12 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Surgical, quality,management.

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I used to have to divert the desk phone to my mobile phone to go to the bathroom!  What is downtime??

 

I suppose it depends on the hospital, type, ED, elective day surgery fails as well as the 30 million other things I used to have to deal with including authorisation of out of hours maintenance issues....first port of call the AHHM for a blocked toilet!

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SummerGarden has 10 years experience as a ADN, BSN, RN and specializes in ED and Acute Care.

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I waited to respond to this because when I worked as a per diem House Supervisor, I have never experienced downtime.  I wanted to see if others had your concerns before responding, but that may not be the case.  I have worked in big and small facilities and I have worked in urban and rural facilities, I do not know of House Supervisors who complained of downtime.  My guess is that you are experiencing a lull in admissions?  Or maybe your hospital is staffed with people that actually know how to get things done without calling you? 🙂    OP, if this really bothers you, work at another hospital and downtime may be less likely.  Or talk to your manager and ask him/her if there are clinical initiatives for the floors that you can assist in supporting or clinical environmental rounds you can incorporate into your daily tasks. 

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Orca has 24 years experience as a ADN, ASN, RN and specializes in Corrections, psychiatry, rehab, LTC.

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Our house sups had a lot of stuff to do. Apart from staffing issues, which you have already mentioned, there is dealing with families, conflicts between staff, belligerent patients, maintenance issues, various emergencies, etc. I have never heard one of them complain about being bored.

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