Our CEO is a nightmare . My er staff has been cut in half and he threatened to fire me when I submitted a new staffing proposal.
Did you read that?
That comes from a Nurse Manager. She was threatened with termination for suggesting that the ER be staffed safely. Can you imagine your spouse, your child, or your friend being threatened for trying to keep you safe in the hospital? No?
It happens all the time.
That Nurse Manager wasn’t even allowed to have a plan. She was not allowed to THINK. She was threatened with termination for planning for your safe care, coming up with a solution, and submitting a proposal.
You also have to understand that this is actually her job. To plan for these things. As a matter of fact, this should be her very highest priority. Nurses are not the most trusted profession in the country for no reason. Our very highest priority is the safety and wellness of our patients.
However, the CEO has a different priority. His bonus
Yeah, I said it. You know I am going to say these things.
I was originally going to post a bunch of situations here. I am only going to post one more:
A New York nurse was fired from a LTC facility for saying that her facility was understaffed on social media. This facility is a Medicare five star facility. It was understaffed every single day. There was no way to give medications on time. There was no way to care for all of the patients in the way they deserved. Instead of being busy posting an ad for more staff, or arranging agency coverage, they were more interested in creeping her Facebook page.
Because they want the public to trust them. And they do not care what the reality of their staffing situation is. They are willing to lie to you, and Medicare. However, they are not willing to pay for the staff and good care your grandmother, mother, or elderly relatives need.
If you are the friend or relative of a nurse, you should keep it in mind that some legislation will be coming up in the next year or so that we are going to ask you to support. Keep an eye out. We are trying to make you safe in the hospital, because those in charge are not going to do that. The bottom line is their bottom line. Not your safety, not your comfort, and not if you are humiliated because you soiled yourself when your nurse with 9 patients couldn’t get there quickly enough to help you to the toilet.
Please keep your eyes open. Nurses are so terrified to rock the boat at work, that we will need you badly to support legislation to help them….and you.