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Sunday, July 27, 2014

another nail in the coffin

I almost ran screaming from the building a couple of days ago at work. THEY were down the hall. The people with the clipboards. I won't say who they are.  I do not want to put their dreaded name on my
blog...
Lets just say the name of their company rhymes with my friend Tess Haney....yes its THEM, the people I have heard about on other blogs.  THE people that are hated throughout the land

They are the people whose job it is to gather the SURVEYs, make the SCORES, make our lives a living hell. I can't believe my hospital hired THEM.  The thing is the hospital keeps harping on saving money, but they are no doubt spending hundreds of thousands on this company.  ??????

I can just see what is going to happen with this.  People are going to be individually singled out with this. They are going to be "re-educated".  Doctors are going to be even more kiss ass than they are now for fear of getting a bad score.

This is just another nail in the coffin. I just can't stomach this stuff.  I mean seriously, the whole patient satisfaction thing is going to be a nightmare. The thing is, people who work in medicine really do the best they can. Our job becomes more and more difficult.  The patients are needier and more difficult to deal with. Now all of this is going to be hanging over our heads.  Its just too much.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

bursting your bubble about nursing


Dear John/Jane Q. Public:

I am about to burst your bubble about nursing. You know the profession that is most admired, comes up number one in those polls? Those angels of mercy, Mother Teresa types? The ones that soothe your fevered brow?

Guess what? Nursing is a job. Thats all it is. The difference between your job and my job is that there are sick people at my job. My job is no different than your job. I punch the clock in and out. I do whats necessary to the best of my ability.

Here's the thing: I did not have a "calling" to this job. Mostly I went for this job because of its flexibility, security and variety. I didn't have a deep yearning to help people. Thats just a nice side part.

I do this job to help support my family. If I won the lottery, would I keep doing the job? Hell no. I would be out of there in a heartbeat. I'll let you in on a secret, Mr./Mrs. Public, this is just a job to me. I didn't set out to help humanity. I am not Florence Nightengale. A lot of the time, the job sucks.

I can just hear some people saying: You obviously never should have become a nurse. Blah blah blah. People have this distorted image of nursing as these people who have a need to sacrifice themselves for others. We are these angels of mercy put on earth to serve humanity. Makes me laugh. We do the job, cash the check, go home to the family and try to forget about the job. So don't put your ridiculous expectations on us and then be disappointed that we are just people doing a job.

Sincerely,

madness the nurse

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Which ER supplies the softest, most cuddliest and toasty warm blankie?


I'm thinking about starting a new local ER website. As a service to humanity.

On this site would be listings of every ER in the city and the waiting times on their websites. Listed in order of least waiting time to most. Length of typical visit.

In the interest of serving the community, there would be a list of whether the ER has:

1) box or bag lunches and their contents and rotation
2) types of (cold, icy) juice and selection of crackers
3) whether they supply warm, cuddly, toasty blankets.
4) footie availability and color selection
5) whether they have TV (with HDTV cable or DVD availibility)
6) probability of getting a cab voucher or bus token
7) probability of you scoring a script for percocet
8) probability of you taking an ambulance in for a sore throat and getting back to a room versus being put in the lobby
9) comfort of chairs in lobby and presence of TV, fish tank, vending machines (quality of snacks, selection of sodas), play area
10) whether your car can be valet parked on arrival

There would be a comment section in which you could name names about which docs at which ERs were Dr Feelgoods.

Oh the fun that could be had! The comments section could be entertaining in and of itself.

Hey...its a competitive world out there and patient satisfaction is the goal of every single solitary person in the ER, including of course, yours truly, thus the web site...