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Re: gainful employment/burnout

Pam is the one who isn't getting the pay or bennies.
Actually, I'm paid well, and time and a half for overtime. I just don't like
having to wait until the next shift arrives to do my documentation. What
frosts me is the assumption that one patient is the same as another. Doesn't
take into account the big crippled lady that takes 15 minutes to transfer
from the bed to a chair. Do that 4 or 5 times in 8 hours plus the few
minutes it takes to shuffle furniture to do it safely and you feel like
you're never out of that room. That's a task I could happily delegate to an
assistant some of the time. Did I mention she was demented and couldn't
remember which foot to move if not told. Exhausting, physically and
emotionally, and that was 1 of 5 folks I was responsible for. Should be able
to spend more time with the least stable person, doing frequent assessments.
Ended up dashing in & out of other rooms, just making sure everyone's
breathing & talking while I check vital signs.
Understand, I love my profession, usually find a lot of satisfaction in my
job, just very frustrated with this particular situation. It's not about the
money for me, although I do like to spend it!

----- Original Message -----
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, August 09, 2004 8:51 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] gainful employment/burnout

> Pretty brutal, Judy.  Don't blame you for being upset about it.  If,
> like Cathy, you sign up with the military for 24x7 or, if, like me,
> you're self-employed, you can expect to have to work ungodly hours
> for no bennies.
> However, if you sign up for a certain time period for a certain rate
> of pay - that's what you should have to provide; being asked to do
> more for less just ain't kosher.  It's like my clients wanting more
> work than was contracted for, for the same fee.  They try, but I have
> gotten a lot less cooperative about it in my old age:-)
> If you are hourly, I do not believe they can legally require you to
> work for no overtime.  If you are salaried, I think they can, legally
> do this - but it really would depend on your actual agreement.  If
> they have a human resources department, you might try a bit of
> complaining:-)  I wonder what OSHA would think of them not giving you
> lunch breaks?    Are you union?  If so, there's a venue for some
> complaining.
> I wouldn't think an extra day's pay for 3 days is worth it,
> myself...of course, again, it depends on just how badly you need the
> job.
> Vent away - that's what friends are for:-)
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > From: Judy L Browning <judybrowning@lewiston.com>
> > Well folks, in the last 3 days, my so called 8 hour shifts have
> stretched to
> > 9-11 hours with no time for a lunch break. 5 hours overtime, or
> about an
> > extra day's pay for the 3 days.  Not sure it's worth it. They staff
> by
> > algorithm at this hospital rather than by acuity. I fail to
> understand how
> > paying 2 or 3 nurses overtime is cheaper than paying an extra
> assisitant. I
> > can afford to work only 6 days every 2 weeks, and can't afford to
> work more,
> > emotionally or physically. A lot of nurses choose to take other,
> less
> > lucrative work because of the killer stress involved.
> > Getting off my soap box, thanks for letting me vent.
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