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ICUnurse990 BSN, RN

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ICUnurse990 has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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    Socially distanced celebrations?

    Hello all, I am an ICU nurse manager, and I’m hoping to get some ideas on how to celebrate my staff in a way that is safe and physically distanced. My hospital postponed our Nurses Week celebration for July because things were still pretty crazy in May. Normally, we have a different little celebration every week day. It’s usually food-centric, because we don’t have the budget to buy gifts for our whole department and buying food is (relatively) cheap. With COVID-19, I’m hesitant to a) bring in food for everyone to share, and b) encourage folks to congregate in the break room to eat. However, with a large staff (over 150) and a very limited budget (it’s usually enough to buy pizza one day and then the leadership team personally finds the rest), I am running low on ideas! Any suggestions?? What do your facilities do for Nurses Week, and/or did anything change this year due to the pandemic?
  2. It doesn’t seem like the best idea. But are they any less socially distanced while hanging out than all of you are while at work? During a typical shift in my unit, there’s 18-20 nurses and 4 techs working, and there’s no way to stay six feet from other people at all times. These people (and you) are already together for 36ish hours a week anyway. At the end of the day, you have to focus on what you can control and let go of what you can’t. And admin is correct- Unless your coworkers are breaking laws, they (and you) can’t control what employees do on their own time.
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    Non-compliance with Social Distancing

    I know what you mean. My grandpa couldn’t stand just sitting around at home. Even with severe COPD, he managed to get to church and talk with his friends, drive to Starbucks for coffee, or go to the to local park to sit at a picnic table and read a book. If he were still alive, he would be at a very high risk of dying from COVID-19, assuming the shelter-in-place order didn’t kill him first. I miss him like crazy, and yet somehow I’m glad he’s not around for this.
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    Coronavirus and Pay

    I wonder about this too. I’m a clinical nurse manager in an ICU. My staff will, at minimum, get overtime for any extra hours they work. No discussion of hazard pay/crisis pay yet, but my hospital system already has incentive pay that’s used if we’re really short staffed. As a manager, I fully expect be at the hospital well over 40 hours a week, probably taking patient assignments if this goes the way I think it will. But since I’m salaried, it will all be part of my “normal job duties” for which I’m paid a set amount. Not that it’s all about the money, but...

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