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  1. normarae

    Does Your Unit Director Do This?

    This is exactly what I was referring to in another msg regarding teachers vs nursing retirement. I think the notebook with dates time and situations is an excellent idea for all nurses because management does not really give a rats a$$ about acuity - pt care etc. the administrators of these usually corporate owned facilities have only one goal in mind - PROFIT - and they will continue to frustrate and get rid of caring nurses like this one in their effort to achieve it - all the while promoting their facility as the best there is in the area! I used to think that a union for nurses was the answer but now I am not so sure about that. Lakeland Fl got a "food workers union" and they are still scr@$ing their nurses right and left. I think the answer is in PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE via television - of the REAL circumstances in these facilities. We need legal help to do that - the corporations have it and nurses need it. We also need to stick together when we have a manager such as the one above there should be no a$$ kissing from a "goodie two shoes nurse" who hopes it will save her a$$ and doesn't give a S.... about her colleagues. Believe me there is one in every bunch. When are nurses going to GET IT - it is not about pt care etc. it is PROFIT and if the manager tries to work with this nurse to resolve this problem - she will not have her job long. The manager took the position for one or more of the following reasons - prestige, money, probably very little more, less pt contact, and may even think the administration "likes"her. Her highest priority is keeping her position/job - not pt care and nursing overload. Until enough nurses get this reality this scenario will continue.
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    She doesn't have a clue!

    I have been thinking we should write to Pres Bush and try to get him educated on the OTHER largest unappreciated profession in the USA ...nursing. Like one msg stated...we couldn't feed a large dog on our retirement income. Why is it that nurses can work in the ?profession for 25 years and because of some nincompoop insecure manager utilizes dirty pool to get rid of the nurse by making it so miserable she/he moves on to another nursing job and loses any benefits at that facility..and there is NO recourse??? There is something wrong with this picture. In Fl there is the major stations broadcasting the "shortage of nurses" while there are many nurses trying to cope with the above type managers and many nurses would rather dig ditches than return to nursing, but because of their inability to make any kind of wage in that field they take it and take it until they finally die or go back to school and get a different career. I think that the government should start looking at the lack of qualified nurses in the field is not because of the money but the way they are treated by the idiot managers these corporation bought hospitals are hiring to axe the most experienced nurses to save money and hiring the new "naive" nurses looking for a job. I have tried to contact the TV channel many times to enlighten them but they have not replied. I guess the only way to let the public know the REAL reason for a nursing shortage is to write a book. I am making notes for that purpose and any input would be appreciated. Thanks
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    IPN program

    Has anyone in other states (than Florida) encountered nurses in the IPN (Impaired professional Nurse) program ?
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    Why do Nurse's wear there degree on there name badges?

    I am glad to see that several nurses pointed out the difference. I have in OR for 20 years and most managers in the last 8 years have refused (hospital policy?) to let the badge indicate the level of education the nurse has, let alone the certifications. I agree with the nurse who says the badge should reflect the years of experience of that nurse especially if you still look like 30 when you are 40. Most OR managers in Florida barely have their AS degree and certainly can't entertain the thought of one of their staff having a higher degree or experience in the field. I was actually fired because the manager felt "uncomfortable" working with me because of my education and experience. Actually I think it was a farce because they were about to sued big time re: a case where I circulated and reported the inappropriate actions of a "surgical tech" with regard to placing instrumentation in the L=S of a patient who later became a paraplegic at age 42 - and the neurosurgeon (who was inexperienced) let him do it. I still anticipate the supoena requesting my presence on that one.
  5. normarae

    Why do Nurse's wear there degree on there name badges?

    I am glad to see that several nurses pointed out the difference. I have in OR for 20 years and most managers in the last 8 years have refused (hospital policy?) to let the badge indicate the level of education the nurse has, let alone the certifications. I agree with the nurse who says the badge should reflect the years of experience of that nurse especially if you still look like 30 when you are 40. Most OR managers in Florida barely have their AS degree and certainly can't entertain the thought of one of their staff having a higher degree or experience in the field. I was actually fired because the manager felt "uncomfortable" working with me because of my education and experience. Actually I think it was a farce because they were about to sued big time re: a case where I circulated and reported the inappropriate actions of a "surgical tech" with regard to placing instrumentation in the L=S of a patient who later became a paraplegic at age 42 - and the neurosurgeon (who was inexperienced) let him do it. I still anticipate the supoena requesting my presence on that one.
  6. Do managers in any of your clinics tell you their is only ONE way to tape an IV site? that you can only decannulate the arterial or venous in certain order? do they tell you that pcts can draw heparin? that a sign of your performance is putting "x" number of pts on as fast as a pct? (even though you are assessing and pushing hep on every one the pct puts "on") just wondering if I want to stay in this mode of "nursing"
  7. normarae

    So long Nursing

    I am 59 and work in the fine No rights for employees state of Florida. I was fired from a hospital OR because the manager felt "uncomfortable" working with me - ( had more credentials and experience than her) I went to agency med surg Tele - they wanted me to come on board as an employee of the hospital. One of the back stabbing night RNS refused to help with admissions (six from 5-7pm when she arrivedm and trumped complaint to house supv and new floor manager so I left there 3 days after I started. Unfortunately I do have to work until I am 65 and have no financial help available. I have been battling the "we don't want older nurses so we will hire you and make you so miserable you will leave" situation for approx 10 years. As we all know nurses work for years with nothing to look forward to but social security - because along the way we have had to move on to another facility to protect our sanity and not get fired because we see the problem with patient care. I wish you the best of luck, real nurse ------------------
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    Recruitment and retention

    buffy you need to go to another country -the hospitals here have not even found out how to hire a fair/efficient manager which is the reason we don't have retention in the U.S. ------------------
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    nursing shortage???????

    I am from Florida and the hospitals have been playing the job open game with no job available for the past 5 years just to give HR interview practice. If they DO hire you they try their best to get rid of you before your benefits/bonus is given. with no employee laws ie right to work state we RNS are at the mercy of unscrupulous administrators and their yes man (also nurses) managers. I got out and went to a major dialysis company only to find out they are worse than hospitals. They hire crazy managers who have no management experience with their major focus on harrassing the help until they leave. This company recently employed a major company to do a survey on "recruitment and retention issues" things are so bad with this company. Right now I have been assaulted by the "charge" nurse at the end of the day when asking about a pts condition and the manager is blaming ME for this problem and is indiscreetly telling the rest of the staff she is going to "get rid of me". If anyone out there is working in a state where the RN employee has some rights, please advise. Thanks and Happy New Year!
  10. normarae

    Fabulous Idea!!!!

    Well well Bunky - are you sure we aren't related? I agree that we have to get our cause public and what a great idea to march. to the other nurse re telling pts how it is -it is my belief that when a patient/family member complains about "the usual lack of service" and we know why, we should give them the name of the administrator, his address and as them to identify what they expected and couldn't get because of the staffing policy of the hospital. If course the last time I referred a surgeon to the OR manager because he was chewing me out because of the non oriented inexperienced tech that he was given, I was fired. In Fl they can fire you for anything. Now I'm doing staffing for agency after all the long years I have worked to advance my career. It sucks so I'm ready to march. and with the best union backer we can get would help also maybe save that part till after the public display of march. we wouldn't want to give them the wrong idea of our motives. ------------------
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    burnout in the OR

    i have been a perioperative nurse for 18 years cnor, onc, rnfa, with open heart experience, major ortho and vascular first assistant/circ/scrub experience and love what i do. started out as an ER nurse and went to the OR. Moved back to small town florida and was happy doing gen surgery/endo when a new manager came with her sargeant traveler charge nurse and next thing i know I am terminated because the new mgr did not like my being there - she felt threatened by my experience. I am in a Right to work state which means no laws for the employees. Of course I refuted her claims, but hosp admin stood behind her and kept the rn whom the techs had refused to be on call with, and the one who complained all the time about the work and pretended illness if asked to work. Now Im not burned out on OR nursing, but I am sure burned out on managers who are insecure and unable to manage people and the business. I probably would have had a heart attack or stroke like the other two employees had in this hospital from the daily inuendos and harrassment by this manager. SHE is still there and I am having to leave my home to drive 100 mi round trip or go live elsewhere 13 weeks to get the respect and the job I deserve. it is too late for a career change that I can afford to live on and i am very disappointed that this can happen in the USA. Oh, I forgot to mention the major hospital who brings green card aliens over to work for less than us americans -that is just part of the story. ------------------
  12. normarae

    UNSAFE healthcare

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  13. normarae

    what are your thoughts r/t unions?

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    what are your thoughts r/t unions?

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  15. Unfortunately the many docs are not informed about the Advance directives and the hospital personnel including many RNS/LPNs do not quite understand the need for this document. Then once in a while you will get a doc who gives the patient the pain medication for his needs and we can care for their palliative needs while letting them go in peace. But I have found it to be rare. Hospice is the best organization but I'm not up to date regarding the insurance and medicare payment of these facilities. They should be helped because as the other nurse said - to be able to die at home with experienced help is the best way to go. It takes a lot of time to educate the public and family regarding these issues and as busy as nurses are these days you don't have the time for these conversations in hospital setting. ------------------
  16. normarae

    Nursing shortage? Read this and respond please

    It continues to amaze me that hospitals and nurses are thinking there is a NURSING shortage, at least here in Florida. Lakeland Ledger had a front page article today apparently with info from local hospital and the nurses there still don't get it. They may be short of staff but it was probably because they backstabbed some poor nurse who was trying very hard to do the job and the result was termination for that nurse, or the continued harassment from that same staff until she/he gave up and left benefits etc. And they wonder where everyone is going. Hospital nurses complain about agency nurses - but if they had not run off all the dedicated RNS/LPNs by their petty ways, they wouldn't need temporary staff. The bottom line is the so called nursing shortage is secondary to being treated like ##&& by many managers and fellow nurses because of their personality and the most of the efficient intelligent nurses that could afford it - left for agency higher pay jobs and protection against the political hassel that is SOOOOOO prevalent in all hospital settings. I think that is secondary to the uninformed inexperienced in people management nurses whoget a foot up due WHO THEY KNOW ......The following are some of the "management techniques" I have observed in hospitals from those power hungry managers. 1. We really need new people and new ideas, but please act dumb so you won't tick off our staff here otherwise they will not like you. 2. Your evaluation is based on our team members vote if they like you or not after three months. 3. You want to help with the preference cards? thanks but we are giving that job to the traveler (without much experience). 4. Go ahead and ignore the fact you have worked 20 hours straight - if you complain we will write you up and I'll cause the manager to have it in for you. 5. It's ok to do a laser procedure even though we don't have a policy and procedure and the rep didn't bring safety glasses for all. (yag laser I might add)6. The doctor doesn't like you because you won't allow the pct to inject a joint under his supervision. if the doctor doesn't like you keeping the hospital policy, we will have to let you go. Has anyone else heard these stories or better? ------------------