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JayHanig

JayHanig

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  1. If it makes you feel any better, I've been retired for almost ten years and I still have the occasional nightmare where I'm 9 hours into a 12 hour shift and realize I haven't made a single med run all day yet. If I ever stroke out in my sleep, it will be because of these repetitive nightmares where no matter how I try, I am unable to make even that first med run. After I wake, I find myself in a foul mood for a while, then realize it was just a bad dream, and I don't have to make med runs any more. Thank God.
  2. I had my administration tell me never to reveal to a patient what my workload was (consciousness of guilt). I got called into the office for doing precisely that. I told them I wasn't the one who brought the subject up: the patient had and then he asked me directly how many patients did I have that day. So I told him. My manager reminded me we weren't supposed to talk about that with patients or family members. I told her that "he asked me a direct question. What was I supposed to do? Ignore the question? Or lie to them? Pick one!" I heard no more about it. If they had told me to never answer the question again, I would have told the patient: "my manager told me to never answer those questions." Why should I be the defender of the policy? I didn't make it nor was I the reason why there even was such a policy. They knew they were screwing the patients. They just didn't want to admit it.
  3. I love these assignments with five patients on a day shift on a med-surg unit. I generally was assigned seven, of which one or two would be discharged only to be replaced sometime mid to late afternoon. Charting was required, using non-intuitive software and then manually (just in case). Since the charting left a trail that missed tasks didn't, you can guess which got priority. I spent 18 years at the hospital bedside before I made my escape. I retired at the tender age of 56, never to work another shift. I left with good evaluations too, not having been written up in over five years. What wasn't good when I left was the taste in my mouth. There's no way I would recommend nursing as a career to anybody I liked. That was beaten out of me by a steady diet of overwork.
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    Nurses Liability Insurance: Yes or No

    Well, situations vary. As a hospital RN, I have been involved in two lawsuits. I was named in one of them as a co-defendant. Neither of them amounted to anything but the experience was essentially the same both times: while I'm sure the hospital would have loved to throw me under the bus, they couldn't. Their attorneys could not defend themselves without also defending me. And both times I came away clean. No black marks on my record; none of my cash expended. Did I have professional liability insurance? Not a dime's worth of it. It made me a very unattractive target even for a nuisance suit as you can't get blood out of a rock. My attitude would be very different today as I have a home that's paid for that I wouldn't want to lose. But at the time, I rented my apartment, my car was 6 years old, and there was nothing I had that they wanted. So I guess the test I would apply to answering the question would be: do you have anything worth taking? If you do, spend the money. If you don't....
  5. There was a time when we would regularly get little gestures of thanks from patients and/or their families but that has become the exception rather than the rule. I remember when our bulletin board would be covered with Christmas cards from former patients; now were it not for the cards sent by sister units, there'd be nothing on the bulletin boards but hospital news. I'm not looking to have my ass kissed but the small gestures make a huge difference to those having to do this mostly thankless job day in and day out. Why the slippage? Perhaps it's because the management is demanding we do more with fewer staffers. We no longer have the time to do what we used to so regularly do when I was fresh out of school. As we do less for the patient, they do less for us. It's become more of just a straight business relationship, in the same way you don't tip the cashiers at McDonald's. Your letter isn't the first I've read expressing thoughts like yours. It's just that it's been a really long time since I last read such words. I used to be proud to be a registered nurse; now I'm just glad I've retired. My total sympathy to those I left behind.
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