Friday, October 19, 2007

dropping like flies

I blogged awhile back about how things where changing at my job due to a new director of our department. Since then one can feel the change of atmosphere in the office. Nurses are talking about how they feel like they are just doing mindless tasks and they don't have time to actually educate the patients but are doing paperwork instead. I'm biting my tongue and trying not to spread my distaste for the change as well. It's taking a toll on the number of nurses we have. In 2 weeks 4 nurses have quit. My boss called me today at home to ask if I can come in (WARNING: who ever is thinking about entering the healthcare system this is a normal thing to get calls if you can come in on your day off) It has happened a few times since I've worked at this current job which is a whole bunch less then when I worked in the hospital...Anyway she said they are short several nurses today because of sickness and plus one nurse who called in sick said " you know what forget it, I quit"...ooch,

I guess it's normal for people to revolt, quit, or complain when change happens. I don't think quiting will change anything and if I'm going to quit (which I'm NOT planning on doing this moment) I think it should be because I feel it personally and not because it's a popular thing to do.

I really feel for my supervisor who has to hand down the messages from the director about all the changes. I tell myself that she really has a harder job then me who just calls patients about seemingly mindless tasks. People really are like herd animals sometimes. My husband and I agreed that
even with the changes this job is waayyyy better then my previous jobs I've had before. So it's scary for me to say, but I'm sticking it out.

8 comments:

TPluckyT said...

Believe me, I feel your pain . . . it sure sounds like you're handling his in a very mature way . . . nice!

Jeni said...

It's always a matter of perspective. If you've experienced something worse, then it's going to be easier to tolerate the things that aren't as bad. It know that's not terribly insightful, but I can relate.

Erica said...

I find that very insightful Jeni. Your absolutely right. The hospital environment was the most draining so anything compared to that seems bearable

Erica said...

Thanks,Tim

noel said...

ah yes, the per diem shift at the hospital. i used to laugh at how often i would get called(almost everyday that i was off) to come in. so great to be able to say no.
you are handling the drama well. it's never that easy when so many shifts are changing but stick out eventually the dust will settle and then...it will happen all over again.

Murdoc said...

I think you should demand better pay, better benefits, & a new uniform. Beyond that, I think Andy would enjoy an xbox 360.

Erica said...

Noel-the hospital use to call me just as much to come in on my days off. It alarmed my husband when I worked four 12 hour days in a row and they call me on my next day off to see if I would come in. Surprisingly, most nurses do say yes even if they have worked a 60 hour week, reason- $$$$...how much is going to be enough?

Ben-I know Andy would love an xbox 360...I'll put that as my reason when I put in a request for a pay raise to my boss

Destro Jones said...

I approve of this proposal.