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  1. gotcha. i do understand that scripting is difficult for most of us to accept. i always ask "is there anything else i can do for you", but the "i have the time" part does sound a little weird. i do have some scripts that i use, such as "how can i help you", "i'm going to give you some privacy" etc, but if it doesn't sound natural and genuine, we end up sounding a little stupid. it seemed like some were saying that they don't approve of hourly rounding because patients need to rest, they don't have time, etc. it just worries me that some nurses think it's ok not to check on patients hourly.
  2. Hourly rounding is not really a new concept- it was considered standard practice when I entered nursing in the late 70's. If a patient is sick enough to be in the hospital, someone should be checking on him/her hourly. And, it is just good patient care to see if they are comfortable, need to go to the bathroom or use the bedpan, or see if they need help to reposition every hour or so. So I don't see why nurses are fighting this idea- if we are sitting around instead of checking our patients, we are not making sure their needs are met and that they are safe. Just my opinion.
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    The problem with discipline is, the person standing by the cup, or angio, or whatever else may not be the one who left it there. It's hard for me to tell exactly who is responsible for the mess. I too feel like "mom"- always picking up after everyone, often having to nag them about documentation, customer service, etc...and these are professionals! sigh....
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    How Would You Handle Pt Anger r/t Wait?

    Proactively notifying manager of busy shift/multiple codes, any attempts to diffuse angry patients or just heads up in case problems later reported very helpful for Mgr to have facts at hand in dealing with issue next shift /day. Speaking as a manager, this is extemely helpful- then I can visit the patient and try to do some damage control before they go home. Every patient thinks their needs are the most important...sigh
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    Empathic part of nursing

    American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition empathy [(em-puh-thee)] Identifying oneself completely with an object or person, sometimes even to the point of responding physically, as when, watching a baseball player swing at a pitch, one feels one's own muscles flex. So you showed great empathy for your patient- you could almost feel the same feelings she had- good job! Empathy helps us advocate for our patients, as opposed to sympathy, which is merely feeling sorry for them.
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    Magnet hospitals

    at our hospital, they visited every nursing unit and the magnet surveyors (not management) selected which staff they had breakfast/lunch with. they were given a list of names of all staff working those days and the surveyors went down the list and picked names. the surveyors also met with union leadership (with no hospital management present), and held an advertised meeting away from the hospital for "disgruntled employeees"- again, no management present. they asked staff about their managers, about their opinions of the quality of care, about staffing, whether they felt supported by management.....pretty much everything.
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    The MATRIX

    Probably referring to a matrix system of staffing. You take your hours per pt day (theoretically based on average acuity), and use that to determine how many staff members you need for each census point, or number of pts. There's a formula for that, can't remember it off the top of my head. A chart is usually made up that tells you "for 20 pts, you need ___ staff, for 21 pts, you need ___ staff", and so on. It's not a new system but I suspect more hospitals are using it....helps keep you within budget by not "overstaffing", and keeps your productivity reasonable by not "understaffing". But it doesn't take into account situations like having more high acuity pts than usual, or high turnover of pts ( you know, those shifts where you discharge a bazillion pts and get a bazillion more in....). So a manager has to decide whether to go above the matrix in those situations, and take the heat if he/she does.
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    Getting staff to "own" the unit

    On behalf of all of us managers on this board....THANK YOU ! We really do just as much work as the staff do, it's just different work. We're all part of the team, we just have different roles.
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    Adequate Staffing

    33 bed med surg unit: typical staffing when full is 5 RN, 2 LPN (days and nights), with 4 NA on days, 2 NA on eves and 1-2 NA on nights. Sometimes go with 3 RNs and 3 LPNs if there aren't 5 RNs available. LPNs do assessments, PO meds etc. RN only can do admissions, IVs and orders.
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    Getting staff to "own" the unit

    All of the above statements make sense. I think you have greatly misunderstood me. I definitely do listen to my staff. Many great ideas and solutions to problems have arisen out of those hallway and coffee break conversations. I don't discount the tremendous value of getting out there and talking to and mostly listening to my staff- they are great idea generators. I spend enormous amounts of my day talking with them and getting feedback about various things. I also completely understand those who just want to do their thing and go home- I've been there, especially when my kids were little. And I have lately come to the realization that most staff just don't care for meetings- OK, I can live with that. It's just that I guess I see so many opportunities to get involved in projects and committees that are really trying to do worthwhile things, it's hard for me to understand not wanting to be involved- but that's me. I'm the same way at church, my kid's clubs etc. I just got the feeling that you think all managers are is a bunch of pencil and paper-pushers, and that you felt that the reason we want staff to sit on committees is to get them to do our work. I wanted you to know that we're not all like that, some of us really support and believe in our staff and are not trying to push our work off on them- we just want their input. You're right, committees aren't the only way to get that. I know I care very much about my staff and their working conditions and do whatever I can to help and support them. I also believe that you don't have to be in management to be a leader, and to generate great ideas. One more thing...I don't disrespect them or feel that they aren't there for me. It's not about me, it's about nurses at all levels working together to improve and sustain quality care and to have a voice in our organizations. OK, just one more thing- I appreciate your positive comments about management in the post you quoted. It's nice when staff recognize the good managers and don't lump us all together. Now I'll shut up. : )
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    Getting staff to "own" the unit

    I can't speak for any others, but for me it's not a matter of asking them to do my job. It's simply that I really do believe that when the team works together on a project or problem, the outcome is usually better than if one person (me) decides everything. Staff complain when they don't have a say in decision-making, but then don't want to be part of it. So they send conflicting messages to management. You seem to be really angry about management in general- please believe that we aren't all slackers, or uncaring, or whatever it is that you think. Some of us (many that I know of) really care about our units and what happens with our staff. I feel bad that your experiences have made you feel this way.
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    Nurse dates doctor openly at work.

    1. Many couples have met at work- not unusual, not necessarily unprofessional. 2. If he's married, then he's a pig and she should dump him, but unless I'm a close friend who can talk to her about it, it's really none of my business. 3. The patients may ask how long they've been married simply because when they make rounds, they are so comfortable with each other- no big deal unless they're making out in the patient rooms or something. I had a patient ask if an orderly and I were married...there was nothing going on between us, but we'd worked together so long and had a good friendship so we probably acted like an old married couple sometimes. 4. As long as she is taking good care of her patients and is getting her work done, then who she's dating is again none of my business. 5. I am way too busy at work to pay much attention to who is dating who- I hate "office gossip" and won't participate. 6. We all say we should leave our personal lives out of the workplace, but we don't really do that. We talk with each other about our kids, our husbands, our family life, and many other personal things. I'd need more information to form an opinion- is she a good nurse, is it interfering with her work, are they showing public displays of affection, is patient care being compromised, etc. Just my thoughts.
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    Creating an empty bed or discharging a patient

    Anyway....I'm not sure about ER, but in my case (orthopedics), we would basically consider a patient ready to discharge if they were ambulatory with minimal assistance, vital signs stable, bloodwork acceptable (specifically H&H), had adequate assistance and equipment arranged for at home, voiding OK, bowel movements OK, postop nausea & vomiting resolved, etc. Or a patient who needed rehab or extended care who had arrangements made and met the above criteria as much as possible for them. So for these patients, we would call the doc and request a discharge order, letting him or her know that there were patients in the ER needing beds. It's a tough question to answer, because it also depends on the patient's pre-hospital level of functioning, support systems at home, availability of rehab or extended care beds, patient's level of independence, and other factors. What were the choices of answers?
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    When you graduate from a 4-year nursing program, you receive a BSN. Then after you pass your NCLEX (state board exam) you receive your RN license. If you graduate from a 2-year nursing program, you receive an ADN, then take your NCLEX to receive your RN license. Third option is to attend a diploma program, then take the NCLEX. Either way, you receive your degree or diploma first, and you can call yourself an RN after you pass the NCLEX exam.
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    How can a Director cut back on incidental overtime?

    #2 reason: offgoing nurse is afraid if she leaves anything unfinished, ongoing nurse will be angry with her. (e.g. patient arrives 20 min before end of shift, offgoing RN feels she has to stay to "finish" the admission).
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    Creating an empty bed or discharging a patient

    Geez...sorry. :imbar I just wanted to point out that our role is to encourage physicians to discharge patients when we think they're ready rather to just decide to discharge....guess I misunderstood.