September, 2007 Archive

September 1, 2007, 11:12 am

Actions Speak; Your Silence is Deafening


Forget what the calendar says. Summer is over.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte has returned to your local Starbucks.

If you could “taste” a holiday, this is is Halloween and Thanksgiving put together.

It will hold me until the Gingerbread Latte is up on the board.

That is liquid Christmas…


It’s early Saturday am and here I sit at the corner table.

I only had to give the evil eye to the previous occupant for about five minutes before they moved.

Don’t bogart that electrical outlet, my friend. There’s blogging to be done!


See this diagram?

It’s the seating chart for the Notre Dame stadium.

Today is the opening game against Georgia Tech. My husband’s rear end is sitting somewhere in the blue section. I’m still trying to figure out how he got to Indiana and I’m stuck at home watching it on TV.

That is wrong on so many levels.


Once a year hospital administrations around the country pay homage to their nurses during “National Nurses Week”. We nurses are wonderful! They couldn’t do it without us! They appreciate the wonderful care the patients receive. But…they seem to have a wee bit of trouble in figuring out exactly how to demonstrate their deep feelings for their “angels of mercy”.

I’d like to help them out with a few ideas.

Dear Administration,

Next May, instead of the free meal or the “We ‘Heart’ Nurses” keychain/mug/water bottle/tote bag/T-shirt, maybe you could show your deep seated appreciation for the nursing profession in a different fashion. Call it the gift that keeps on giving:

  • Stop micro-managing the staffing of the floors. Sending a nurse home mid-shift because the census drops one patient below the minimum is ridiculous. Patients are in the hospital for “nursing” care. Staffing over minimum requirements allows nurses to spend more time with their patients. It is about the patients isn’t it?
  • Pay us commensurate with our experience and responsibility. When it comes time to re-negotiate the contract, stop trying to “take-away” everything you think you can get away with.
  • You know those big, glossy community newsletters you send out? How about focusing on the nursing expertise your facility offers? I’m not talking about how many awards your nurse executive has won, either.
  • Tell the community about the bedside nurses, the front-line of nursing professionals. The ones your “clients” will encounter during their stays in your ultra-modern facility with the multi-million dollar new hospital in the works.
  • Oh, and forget the “tender -loving- care-angel” angle – it may come as a shock, but Florence wasn’t like that and neither are we. We are experienced professionals with an extensive knowledge base. Don’t treat us like we are pillow-fluffers or virtuous bastions of self-sacrifice.
  • By the way, that beautiful doctor’s lounge with the leather couches and the Starbucks coffee available day or night? Is there any reason why the nursing staff that you appreciate so much can’t have the same luxury?
  • When you put together your television ads, the nurses all talk about “care” and the doctors talk about knowledge and research. I don’t want to cause a cardiac arrest or anything, but nurses are also participating in research and they, too, stay on the cutting edge of new knowledge. The “script” of your ads should reflect that.

There. That should give you some ideas on how to show your gratitude to the nurses in 2008.

We have enough knick-knacks with the hospital logo.

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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