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  1. cubby777

    Difficult conversations in the ICU

    I think nurses should have more time to do what they have to do without having a constant stream of visitors who want immediate answers to their medical questions and reassurances of what will happen to their loved ones. While doctors stick their heads in the room for a minute and they're gone, the nurse is left to address all concerns and needs of the family members and visitors, all while expecting to never look rushed or stressed despite the fact that she/he may have 2 more patients with urgent needs as well. It's become that we are not just taking care of the patients but the families as well. It doesn't do the families a great service to languish at the bedside for hours and days on end because they feel they're needed there..yet hospital policies dictate that families can come and go as they please and if they want to camp out in a recliner at bedside, so be it. It doesn't matter that the nurse may have to climb over sleeping visitors to get to the monitor or iv poles. It's become ridiculous.
  2. As one who has been working in ICU for almost 3 decades, I find that the most obvious one was that after being on my most recent job of almost 9 years, the hospital staffed the unit with all very young and new nurses. I saw other nurses my age leaving and then I did also. I found that at another hospital where I began working prn, that many nurses there in ICU were close to my age. I don't know if hospitals staff with younger nurses on purpose to drive the more experienced ones away or it's a money thing. Also, there's a feeling of lack of appreciation from the hospital management for their older nurses. A unit should be a mix of ages and talents.
  3. cubby777

    It's a Stressed Out Job

    Unions aren't really helpful either. My experience has been that although I was paying more than $700 a year to belong to a nursing union, when I needed their help they were absolutely useless. When I wanted to cancel my membership, I had to send a certified copy of my request to them! I think the attraction is in the psychological aspect that you think that you have someone there who will come to your side if you need their help, but not true! Meanwhile, you are forking out the $$......
  4. cubby777

    It's a Stressed Out Job

    " I point the blame all to current administrators, lawmakers, government that enable this kind of terrible misuse of resources and enabling defensive medicine; generally speaking, American healthcare behavior is nowhere found on the face of this earth at this scale, and numbers completely prove this (i.e just see how much we spend)". - posted by Rearviewmirror I totally agree with the mismanaged way that patients are admitted with bogus admitting diagnoses - either they don't adequately describe what's happening with them or they are way overblown. Plus, we have SO many alcoholics and drug addicts who are just wanting to come in and get their drugs...not sounding judgmental, it's the truth...you can tell because as soon as they get their "fix", they will be so much nicer and talkative...the amount of dosage of narcotics and benzos that they get would knock a horse down, and they're sitting there talking to you! I always like to say, "but for the grace of God, there we go too", because we never know the circumstances that are leading up to a person who is hooked on drugs and alcohol...plus, the follow up care is probably absent or abysmally lacking since these people generally don't have a whole lot of money and in order to get the real help that they need, it takes some money to pay for the rehab...we really do need a better system, not just a revolving door.
  5. cubby777

    We Don't Need Your Kind Here

    Very well said. Only a nurse sees the reality of the insanity of HCAHPS scores.
  6. cubby777

    We Don't Need Your Kind Here

    Excellent writing. Very true, very on target. You hit the nail on the head as to the state of nursing today.
  7. One nice thing about reading these threads is to see that you're not alone. When I had something similar happen to me for suggesting an improvement (I thought in a nice way) during a staff meeting, I was written up for it. I couldn't understand why they would do such a thing but now I see many others have had similar experiences. It just shows you that we're not the ones at fault for speaking up. That's what management wants you to think so you won't speak up anymore. Obviously, it's a management tactic used to keep everyone in line the way they want us to be, as was already pointed out by others in this thread.
  8. This is why America is having problems. Greed, corruption, and dishonesty fill the ranks of corporate America, including nursing corporate America. Sadly, it will be our downfall unless Americans (especially those in corporate offices) wake up and see that we need to return to the morals and high standards that made America great. It can all begin with more open, honest communication without playing these little "gotcha" games where a staff nurse is blindsided by some nursing manager who, instead of listening and taking into consideration whatever opinions that nurse may have, penalizes a nurse for just exercising his/her right to free speech. The 10 Commandments weren't prefaced by , "If you feel like it, do these...."
  9. cubby777

    The RN Jobs Squeeze

    I am sorry to hear you that have to deal with so much. I agree - there should be some kind of help for those who gave their whole lives helping others. I really hope that things turn around for you and that you are able to get some medical attention. Of all people, you are most deserving. Despite the greed and rampant self-centeredness in this world, you have much worth. God allowed His only Son to die on a cross, to pay for our sins, so that one day we can be with Him in Heaven, where there is no more pain or suffering. You have infinite worth to Him, since He gave His life for you. Despite the problems that you may face here, it is good to know that you don't have to face them alone. Take care.
  10. cubby777

    The RN Jobs Squeeze

    If you had read previous posts in this thread, you would have realized that those using the term "caucasian" did not mean it in a racist way. You have to understand that many people in America still remember an America that didn't force "diversity" down everyone's throat. America has always been a mixed bag of colors and the only ones who can say they are native Americans are the native Americans, and you never hear them complaining about anything. Maybe they should. Many of us writing on this thread are evidently older Americans (20-40 years of nursing experience) and we remember a very different America, one that people who came here did so with a reverence and awe for America, not this disregard for the American culture and its history that prevails today.
  11. cubby777

    The RN Jobs Squeeze

    Also, have you noticed that most of the patients are caucasian and older, therefore come from an era where they didn't have to know a foreign language to be able to communicate with a nurse or doctor. Then notice how many nurses and doctors are from somewhere else. Also, notice how many doctors names are impossible to spell and very difficult to pronounce. What happened to Williams, Jones, Smith? Where are all the American born doctors whose native language is English? Why are they such a minority? Is it because foreign doctors get more advantages to go to medical school and practice in America than those from here? I don't get it.
  12. cubby777

    The RN Jobs Squeeze

    Unfortunately, this is where nursing is at. You can be very talented and skilled and have many years of experience. Someone can have it out for you for no reason at all, they are jealous of you because you appear more competent than them (doctor or nurse) and all they have to do is report you to someone and you can be out the door for no reason at all. Your patients may think you're the greatest thing since sliced bread and you may be very good at your job but when the axe starts to fall, none of this matters. They (the nursing administration) aren't one bit interested in your side of the story. Sad, isn't it?
  13. cubby777

    The RN Jobs Squeeze

    To karenchad - very well said! It's kind of eerie reading this post and hearing all these nurses with 20-40 years experience (I have 23) talking about how hard it is to get a job. I'm in the same boat - out there looking for a job after finishing a travel assignment. Now there's not much travel assignments available, so I decided to stay home. But there's not much at home either! Well, at least we've got company in this mess!
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