Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We need our own goddamned poster.

Recently, the unit I work in won an award. It was one of those not-Press-Ganey awards; the kind of award that has to do with things that are nursing quality indicators. You know, the "you haven't had a central-line infection in two years; here's a cookie" kind, but bigger.

Much bigger.

And it was nurse-driven, nurse-implemented, and exacting. And national. So, kind of a big deal.

During the hootenanny surrounding the award, we were shown a slide of everybody (so said the CEO of the hospital) who'd had a hand in making Such A Great Thing possible.

There, front and center, was the CEO. Next to him was the director of nursing operations, a man who's been actively obstructionist and slashed staffing and resources, and who has visited our unit maaaaybe three times in as many years. Next to him was a woman I didn't recognize but who, I was told, was instrumental in something statistical.

Arranged behind those people were dozens--maybe as many as a hundred?--people, all in varying degrees of business attire.

No scrubs.

Not one nurse.

Not. One.

Especially not one from the unit, the unit I work on with some of the best nurses I've ever worked with, that won the award.

So, I'm thinking we need our own. Goddamned. Poster.

Yeah.

16 comments:

bobbie said...

{beating head against brick wall}

bobbie said...

PS ~ huge congratulations!!

Silliyak said...

Make one, post a redacted copy of it AND the memo telling you to take it down...

messymimi said...

Right now i'm so angry on your behalf i could spit nails. This stuff makes me sick.

Stefanie said...

You need an f---in' banner! I made one for our unit and others in our hospital for Nures' Week. Interested? I'll send you an email of it if you'd like.

Dr. Alice said...

That's disgusting. It really is. I vote for leaving a flaming sack of dog poop on the threshold of his office. Or possibly on his desk.

007twinkles said...

Congratulations on your award!
Behind every well noted clinical director is an army of awesome nurses. :D

Dr. Alice said...

Actually, you should print out this blog post and shove it under the doors of the director of nursing operations and the CEO. Then run.

clairesmum said...

Awww, crap! that's what their poster is! Apparently they don't know that a hospital without nurses is inoperable! got a union? time for one, maybe? i know there are pros and cons of a union, but sometimes you gotta have a way to show management that NURSES are essential!
and thank you and your coworkers for all the hard work you do!

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Jo, I'll help pay for Stefanie (above commenter) to build you a Dyno-Mite Banner telling the world who really keeps the keel down and the spars up every farking day and night. Nurses are my HEROES and have been my whole life.

Huge Congrats, Hugs Galores and a virtual new scrub set for everyone in their own choice of style and supplier !~!

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Jo, I linked back to this post from my blog. What they showed was representation in its most inaccurate !~! Nurses are the gasoline, oil, fluids, brakes, engine.... you make it all work. Without nurses we'd have disasters all around.

Namaste, my honored role model.

PhysioProffe said...

Congrats! And damn, that is fucken fucked uppe!! You totally should make your own giant banner and hang it in the unit: "OUR NURSES KICKE ASSE!!!!!"

Carissa Pistilli said...

You should congratulate the CEO and give him a pat on the back for the really nice slide presentation that his secretary put together.

Congratulations to you! It is incredibly difficult to get all the nurses on a unit to band together and make a difference and then to prove that you did it. Kudos to your unit. The scrub wearing heros who make things happen.

gela said...

A big huge congratulations from a fellow nurse. As for the morons who took the credit . . no comment.

Cr0w$c@llingcount said...

W. T. to the mofo F.

Anonymous said...

Nursing bigshots come up with the dumbest awards, posters and "certifications." What the hell is a Nursing Magnet Hospital? I milked chest tubes, suctioned bronchial junk, cleaned wounds and disimpacted. Never once came across a magnet!