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Re: gainful employment/burnout

Plus Judy is pretty lucky that her hospital does pay time and a half for
OT. Many hospitals have staff nurses exempted from the Fair Labor
Standards Act that governs overtime pay and working conditions so that
they can work them 12-16 hours or more without paying extra. And believe
me, folks, this is only the tip of the iceberg...it is way, way worse
when you get down to how many nurses all over the country work
appallingly long hours with no breaks (sure, you all think it is a joke
when we make cracks about how long we can go without using a bathroom!)
and severely overloaded in the number of patients each nurse cares
for...no surprise to any nurse that there is a severe shortage of
actively employed nurses in this country that is only getting worse by
the month! I am a unionized nurse and have never regretted the decision
to abandon my profession's idealized vision of ourselves as
"professionals" and work under a collective bargaining agreement like
the blue collar laborers that we are treated like in many, many health
care facilities. OK...sorry--I'll get off that sore point now! :-)

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Tue 08/10, Judy L Browning < judybrowning@lewiston.com > wrote:
From: Judy L Browning [mailto: judybrowning@lewiston.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 08:35:29 -0700
Subject: Re: [CHAT] gainful employment/burnout

Pam is the one who isn't getting the pay or bennies.<br>Actually, I'm
paid well, and time and a half for overtime. I just don't like<br>having
to wait until the next shift arrives to do my documentation.
What<br>frosts me is the assumption that one patient is the same as
another. Doesn't<br>take into account the big crippled lady that takes
15 minutes to transfer<br>from the bed to a chair. Do that 4 or 5 times
in 8 hours plus the few<br>minutes it takes to shuffle furniture to do
it safely and you feel like<br>you're never out of that room. That's a
task I could happily delegate to an<br>assistant some of the time. Did I
mention she was demented and couldn't<br>remember which foot to move if
not told. Exhausting, physically and<br>emotionally, and that was 1 of 5
folks I was responsible for. Should be able<br>to spend more time with
the least stable person, doing frequent assessments.<br>Ended up dashing
in &amp; out of other rooms, just making sure everyone's<br>breathing
&amp; talking while I check vital signs.<br>Understand, I love my
profession, usually find a lot of satisfaction in my<br>job, just very
frustrated with this particular situation. It's not about the<br>money
for me, although I do like to spend it!<br><br>----- Original Message
-----<br>From: &quot;Marge Talt&quot; &lt;mtalt@hort.net&gt;<br>To:
&lt;gardenchat@hort.net&gt;<br>Sent: Monday, August 09, 2004 8:51
PM<br>Subject: Re: [CHAT] gainful employment/burnout<br><br><br>&gt;
Pretty brutal, Judy. Don't blame you for being upset about it.
If,<br>&gt; like Cathy, you sign up with the military for 24x7 or, if,
like me,<br>&gt; you're self-employed, you can expect to have to work
ungodly hours<br>&gt; for no bennies.<br>&gt;<br>&gt; However, if you
sign up for a certain time period for a certain rate<br>&gt; of pay -
that's what you should have to provide; being asked to do<br>&gt; more
for less just ain't kosher. It's like my clients wanting more<br>&gt;
work than was contracted for, for the same fee. They try, but I
have<br>&gt; gotten a lo

t less cooperative about it in my old age:-)<br>&gt;<br>&gt; If you are
hourly, I do not believe they can legally require you to<br>&gt; work
for no overtime. If you are salaried, I think they can, legally<br>&gt;
do this - but it really would depend on your actual agreement.
If<br>&gt; they have a human resources department, you might try a bit
of<br>&gt; complaining:-) I wonder what OSHA would think of them not
giving you<br>&gt; lunch breaks? Are you union? If so, there's a venue
for some<br>&gt; complaining.<br>&gt;<br>&gt; I wouldn't think an extra
day's pay for 3 days is worth it,<br>&gt; myself...of course, again, it
depends on just how badly you need the<br>&gt; job.<br>&gt;<br>&gt; Vent
away - that's what friends are for:-)<br>&gt;<br>&gt; Marge Talt, zone 7
Maryland<br>&gt; mtalt@hort.net<br>&gt; Editor: Gardening in
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----------<br>&gt; &gt; From: Judy L Browning
&lt;judybrowning@lewiston.com&gt;<br>&gt; &gt; Well folks, in the last 3
days, my so called 8 hour shifts have<br>&gt; stretched to<br>&gt; &gt;
9-11 hours with no time for a lunch break. 5 hours overtime, or<br>&gt;
about an<br>&gt; &gt; extra day's pay for the 3 days. Not sure it's
worth it. They staff<br>&gt; by<br>&gt; &gt; algorithm at this hospital
rather than by acuity. I fail to<br>&gt; understand how<br>&gt; &gt;
paying 2 or 3 nurses overtime is cheaper than paying an extra<br>&gt;
assisitant. I<br>&gt; &gt; can afford to work only 6 days every 2 weeks,
and can't afford to<br>&gt; work more,<br>&gt; &gt; emotionally or
physically. A lot of nurses choose to

ake other,<br>&gt; less<br>&gt; &gt; lucrative work because of the
killer stress involved.<br>&gt; &gt; Getting off my soap box, thanks for
letting me vent.<br>&gt;<br>&gt;
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