Any RN worth his or her salt will tell you that their lives and jobs would be utter hell without their PCA's, Techs, CNA's (type depending on the kind of unit you find yourself on). What they also know, that sadly most administrative bodies do not
know is that the hospital's status and reputation is largely
dependent on us and the work we do.
Deescalation, patient falls, pressure ulcers, use of restraints on confused patients...all of those things and more on a hospital's record can be the difference between a person choosing to be cared for there and demanding to be transferred, it can determine whether or not your hospital makes Magnet status, it can directly affect how much revenue the hospital is able to make. And that's all part of my
Reducing and preventing those black marks on a hospital's reputation are my responsibility, and that is piled on top of my full 13 hour shift worth of daily patient care responsibilities. Today I was splattered with obvious CDIFF, I further injured my already injured shoulder moving a patient, I cried with 2 patient family members, and bitter-sweetly said goodbye to two patients I've really loved (one of whom I've worked with for nine months).
And at the end of this shift I learned that the much awaited, much coveted "incentive pay", is being given only to certain positions. Most importantly, not ours. The anger and sadness felt by my coworkers brought out secrets, and we revealed to each other our pitiful pay rates. While, for the work we do, all of our pay rates are abysmal, I did learn that the inexperienced woman with no college education that I just recently trained was hired at almost $2/hr more than I make right now.
This is what happens when #healthcare
is not valued as important and vital. It's what happens when #nursing
is thought to be RN's taking orders from doctors when really it's a TEAM of RN's and PCA's working with doctors to provide the best possible patient care. And tomorrow I'll go work my ass off again, and I won't even look upset. Because patient care comes first.