Originally posted by carcha
our mandatory overtime is our conscience. its very difficult to refuse your nurse manager when she asks because if u do the case is cancelled and u feel bad for your patient
Carcha, never, never, NEVER fall for this classic management guilt trip!!!! Learn to say NO--just NO; no excuses or reasons why you can't stay; just NO. Staffing is a MANAGEMENT dilemma--one for which they are paid big bucks to handle. They know at 9 in the morning if they are going to have a case, or cases, run over after the day shift is scheduled to go home--they need to plan accordingly.
How do they plan accordingly? In California, they call registry--that is, an agency that supplies temp nurses to come fill in the gaps, whether for vacation, emergencies, sick calls, etc. The can also hire more per diem (on-call) nurses, or they can PAY people to take call after their scheduled shift, and pay them WELL--or, hey, here's a thought!!! Instead of just walking out and leaving you there--how about if THEY (management) stays over for a change, and actually circulates or scrubs
a case! Might give them a good idea of what it's like to be "in the trenches!"
Let this be your mantra: "Staffing is not my problem."