September 16, 2013 at 3:07 PM #9303
Jason Hautala RNMember
Do you like the extra hour or two of pay or does it just ruin your entire day?
What do other places do for staff meetings. It is too busy to attend during the shift, yet people aren’t willing to cover such a short hole in the schedule, so everyone ends up having to come in on their day off for one of the staff meetings each moth.
Do they really have to be monthly? How often do you have them? Is there anything that can’t be covered by email?September 18, 2013 at 8:45 PM #9389
Ours are once a month, mandatory, and held mon-wed-fri first of day shift so everyone may have a chance to attend. We are not penalized for missing one here and there but I feel if more nurses don’t start attending this may change to be more punitive I go before heading home after three nights of working, some come to the meeting in between patient calls if they are day shift. I think that it is impossible to get us all together for a real meeting. Some don’t bother to attend at all, I do because I like our staff meetings. They are set up in open forum style and we can talk about things we need to and listen to what they have to say as well. The more exhausted I am tho the less I take in or participate.September 21, 2013 at 7:21 AM #9449
Get this… When they put up notices around work for our meetings they say attendance is “strongly encouraged”. That’s their way of getting out of having to pay us. Pretty crappy huh? You better believe if we don’t go we get the evil eye from the DON. Nevermind how they make snyde comments like “oh, well, you would have known if you had come to the meeting”. We have rotating schedules so I have every other Wednesday off, wouldn’t you know that literally every single staff nurse meeting has been on my Wednesday off. I am forced to use one of my very few days off, that I much prefer to spend with my son, driving a half hour to and from, to not get paid, to listen to people throw each other under the bus and about how we’re calling/faxing our medical director too much or too little this month. Can you say frustrating? The worst part is after almost an hour travel, on my own time and dime, I can usually only stay about 20 minutes out of the hour or so meeting because I’ll have to rush back, in traffic, to pick up my son from school. GRRRRRRSeptember 21, 2013 at 7:36 AM #9450
Our staff meetings are every 6 weeks. The agenda was fairly full but now with daily huddles, we should have less on the agendas in the months to come. We have to attend at least 70% of the staff meetings and have a get out of one meeting free card if we meet all of our education requirements from the previous year so we can miss one more without “penalty.”
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