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Found the title "Not in my job description" ironic. I've posted a few comments/threads about things we are being asked to do that they don't show us doing on the TV shows (trash, stocking items in the stock room, being primary care for 8 pt's on a regular basis). lol

This article doesn't hit the issue I have a problem with, I just like the theme. I'm an "eye for an eye" kinda guy so, violence is not an issue for me. I don't give the impression that I allow free swings on my person, and no one attacks. Might not be that simple for everyone, but it works for me.

What do you run into that's "Not in my job description."?

Me: Its the ratios combined with this mask of being concerned with pt. satisfaction that kills me. If you give your nurses eight patients with no assistants.......................ummmm, PG scores drop no matter how good I am. Its just the facts. But, every week, I sit in a staff meeting listening to all the ways we, the nurses, are failing at customer service. Then they cut hours more, as if that is going to help.

Before this morning's meeting commenced, I joked with a few co-workers. Was joking about how I can sum up this meeting and every other we've had in four words: "You all **** suck". If they'd just say that and be done with it, they'd save about 45min. of time for each of the 10 nurses who attend each meeting. Thats 450 minutes or roughly 7 1/2 hours. Thats a whole nursing shift being paid for to tell us we are no good and don't cut it with customer satisfaction (yet, the nurses routinely score in the 91st percentile, its the hospital as a whole that is low).

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JB2007 has 5 years experience and works as a STICU.

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What I love is at the end of the meetings that all they can do is tell the nursing staff how much they suck they paste a false smile on their faces and tell us how much they value each and everyone of us. It is enough to make me want to vomit.

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DCtraumarn has 9 years experience and works as a Nursing Director- Critical Care.

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I am truly sorry that you work in an environment that is so toxic. I am an Administrator in a moderate size teaching hospital and I do everything I can to support and empower my staff. There are times when our staffing isn't ideal and we have to make it work - but I am right there along side the nurses - taking report, transferring a patient, find strechers for the ED, getting rooms cleaned, holding elevators, taking the discharged patient down to their car, etc....

Not all of us are bad.....

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eriksoln has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Travel RN.

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I am truly sorry that you work in an environment that is so toxic. I am an Administrator in a moderate size teaching hospital and I do everything I can to support and empower my staff. There are times when our staffing isn't ideal and we have to make it work - but I am right there along side the nurses - taking report, transferring a patient, find strechers for the ED, getting rooms cleaned, holding elevators, taking the discharged patient down to their car, etc....

Not all of us are bad.....

I wanna come work with you. I actually did a travel nurse assignment in Balt. and liked it. Hey...........if I lived in the D.C. area, I could go to National's games instead of Pirates games.

Yeah, I'd have to say, being the scape goat for admin. who knowingly make decisions that make anything more than the most generic of pt. care possible..........is getting old.

Not that, in this job market, anyone is listening. lol

I know this though, I decided not too long ago to go back to school to learn a trade or get another associates in a field I can continue to work in when I am older. I'll hold onto my ADN, keep working in nursing until its not longer good for me, and then poof........like so many other nurses.........I'll be gone and admin. will be wondering "Why are all our nurses leaving? How come we have entire units staffed with nurses who don't even have a year experience?".

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DCtraumarn has 9 years experience and works as a Nursing Director- Critical Care.

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Lol!

B'more rocks for many reasons.

I am not going to ask anyone to do soemthing that I would do myself. I am all about problem solving and helping other figure out what we can do now - in the moment - with what we have.

I think there will be future and continuing opportunities for CT techs, MRI techs, Sonogram techs, Radiology techs. I think Nursing will turn around again - it is cyclic as you know, but the current state of the economy is concerning for many.

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TDCHIM works as a Full-time student in Healthcare Information Manage.

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I wanna come work with you. I actually did a travel nurse assignment in Balt. and liked it. Hey...........if I lived in the D.C. area, I could go to National's games instead of Pirates games.

Yeah, I'd have to say, being the scape goat for admin. who knowingly make decisions that make anything more than the most generic of pt. care possible..........is getting old.

Not that, in this job market, anyone is listening. lol

I know this though, I decided not too long ago to go back to school to learn a trade or get another associates in a field I can continue to work in when I am older. I'll hold onto my ADN, keep working in nursing until its not longer good for me, and then poof........like so many other nurses.........I'll be gone and admin. will be wondering "Why are all our nurses leaving? How come we have entire units staffed with nurses who don't even have a year experience?".

Come on over to HIM! We'll be glad to have you and the nursing experience would be a big plus. :)

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eriksoln has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Travel RN.

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Come on over to HIM! We'll be glad to have you and the nursing experience would be a big plus. :)

HIM? I'm lost. And, I am sure, when you tell me, I will feel like a fool.

As long as I don't have to do nights I'll join you.

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DCtraumarn has 9 years experience and works as a Nursing Director- Critical Care.

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HIM is Health Information Management - systems for housing and protecting patient medical information....all the new tools we have at our disposal....online charting, point of care testing, computerized provider order entry, etc.........and the list goes on!

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TDCHIM works as a Full-time student in Healthcare Information Manage.

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HIM? I'm lost. And, I am sure, when you tell me, I will feel like a fool.

As long as I don't have to do nights I'll join you.

Health Information Management. As a nurse, with some schooling in HIM, you'd be a great Clinical Documentation Specialist. Not a lot of nights to the best of my knowledge! :)

Here's the AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) website if you want some information: http://www.ahima.org/

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eriksoln has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Travel RN.

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Health Information Management. As a nurse, with some schooling in HIM, you'd be a great Clinical Documentation Specialist. Not a lot of nights to the best of my knowledge! :)

Here's the AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) website if you want some information: http://www.ahima.org/

And I almost asked you if it was North or South of PITT....................told you I'd be an idiot about it.

Are they really hiring for that? I was planning on going into Nursing Informatics. Might be a paycut but would be worth it if I like it more.

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eriksoln has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Travel RN.

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Eeeeeeek. :eek::bugeyes:

Did a job search, lots of big words came up, have no idea what the position is. lol

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Me: Its the ratios combined with this mask of being concerned with pt. satisfaction that kills me. If you give your nurses eight patients with no assistants.......................ummmm, PG scores drop no matter how good I am. Its just the facts. But, every week, I sit in a staff meeting listening to all the ways we, the nurses, are failing at customer service. Then they cut hours more, as if that is going to help.

Before this morning's meeting commenced, I joked with a few co-workers. Was joking about how I can sum up this meeting and every other we've had in four words: "You all **** suck". If they'd just say that and be done with it, they'd save about 45min. of time for each of the 10 nurses who attend each meeting. Thats 450 minutes or roughly 7 1/2 hours. Thats a whole nursing shift being paid for to tell us we are no good and don't cut it with customer satisfaction (yet, the nurses routinely score in the 91st percentile, its the hospital as a whole that is low).

So very True, and Sad. I totally agree with the ratio comment, some ratios are just insane, and then them playing lip service to "quality care" also kills me, it literally makes me cringe. Also, I have sat in on meetings pretty much exactly as you describe. I usually have to clasp my hands the chair, in an effort not to stand up and raise my hand and say "Are we all just $#% ups, I mean does anyone sitting here do Anything right??"

And then I restrain myself and say to myself, in this poor economy you need a job...Too many managers/admin. like to dish out all negative. I guess they missed the course where it recommends 2 positive comments for every negative one.

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