Oddly enough, I posted the other day that I am thinking of changing to a different hospital and that same afternoon, I got two emails. The first was from my job, spelling out that all employees need to be aware that, should we decide to wear a shirt under our scrub top, it has to be white. We also have to wear white socks that cover our ankles. If we choose to wear a sweater or coat, it must be the same color as our assigned scrub color. This seems odd to me, since they can’t find shift coverage and are back to offering shift bonuses most days and are still understaffed.

We are a 50 bed ED, and we had 123 patients the other day. All of the rooms were filled, plus we had 50 patients on beds in the hallway and another 23 patients being treated in the waiting room. But our administration is worried about what color tshirt I wear under my scrubs.

The second email that I got was from a competing hospital chain. They are inviting a bunch of nurses to a free meal where cocktails will be served and we get the opportunity to meet the leadership team and learn about the advantages of coming to work for them.

Dude. Looks like I at least get a free meal out of the deal. I told my wife that I am not working that day, so I think I am going to go and at least hear the pitch.

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Chiquitastan · January 6, 2023 at 9:29 am

A niece nurse moved on to another one after being forced to take the experimental gene therapy and upgrading training and education.
They should send you these messages via Tik Tok or in some elementary school cartoons like the MIL does. (s/)

Anonymous · January 6, 2023 at 11:04 am

Ask the new hospital chain if you’ll get CEUs for being taught what color underwear to wear, and when they last installed patches on their Windows.

Elrod · January 6, 2023 at 11:09 am

Well….even if it doesn’t pan out directly it will probably be a good networking opportunity; you’ll get to meet other people in the same job at a bunch of other hospitals and many of them will have info to share. And, FREE FOOD is always good.

Good luck.

June J · January 6, 2023 at 12:25 pm

Sounds like your current “hospital” has too much admin and not enough medical.
Hopefully the other place cares more about medical care than uniform requirements.

Mike_C · January 6, 2023 at 3:21 pm

I like the temporal juxtaposition of your post here with Arthur Sido’s on “Bullshit ‘Jobs’” just the other day.

I don’t suppose you two planned it out, but it’s as perfect as if you did.

Aesop · January 6, 2023 at 3:31 pm

The correct answer is to make a collage of both the work memo from your job, and the dinner invitation from the competing facility, and anonymously post them in every public restroom in the hospital to which you have access (inside the thinking stalls is best), along with break rooms and such. For good measure, send one to manglement via snail mail. Ideally, a couple of days after the competition’s dinner has already happened. If you have a sense of humor, send a couple of copies to local TV and newspaper editors. Sooner or later, someone hard up for a story will take the bait.

If your hospital manglement doesn’t get the point in about 5 seconds after that, they deserve the bloody @$$-f**king they’re about to get.

Not for nothing, but someone somewhere may have once paid for the creation of bumper stickers that said “Nurses at XXX hospital make too much money”, and then put them on all the upper management’s personal cars one day in the company parking lot on their own day off. You can guess how viral that went, how that went over with hospital staff, and how long it took to undo the fallout from about $23 worth of comeuppance.

If you really want to sweat manglement and watch them fill their own shorts, leave some blank union organization cards from nursing/medical staff locals on timeclocks, esp. the clocks near the admin offices. One or two will wind up on the CEO’s desk, and they’ll birth kittens in 0.2 seconds after that. It’s like dropping a dead rat and a jar of cockroaches on the buffet at a Vegas mega-resort.

And far cheaper than leaving a horse’s head in the CEO’s bedsheets.

Just saying.

Anonymous · January 6, 2023 at 3:35 pm

Wear this in the day you quit…

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