No Names, No Pack Drill.

Maybe I shouldn’t be posting this. I don’t want to get my eldest into hot water. But she can’t go public. So I am. I’ve run it by her and she says if I feel like going for it ‘there’s nothing I can do to stop you’.

My gorgeous eldest 24 year old daughter spent New Year’s Eve working night shift in a  hospital. She’s a nurse. And a bloody excellent one.

I haven’t seen her over the last couple of days but I’ve spoken to her on the phone.

Her back is in agony and she has a trapped nerve in her arm. Why? Well, in their wisdom, the powers-that-be at the hospital decided to let her ward operate two nurses down on Hogmanay and told them, ‘you’ll manage’.

Now, if I were a relative of patients on the ward, I would not be happy to think that the ward was trying to function while being understaffed. Makes sense that something will go to the wall, if this is the case.

As the mother of a nurse, the mother of my daughter, the very idea that management thought it was fine to leave them in this ridiculous position leaves me livid. How dare they? She has her whole life and career ahead of her. She has yet to have children. She does not need to go through life with back troubles. Management has a duty of care to both patients and staff and they have clearly abrogated any sense of responsibility by making no attempt to ensure adequate staff coverage. Not even seeking bank staff to supplement.

The mighty or not so mighty pound has spoken again.

Thankfully, my daughter is no one’s sap.

Money or neglect? Umm, let’s weigh that one up. Or is there really any need to?

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48 thoughts on “No Names, No Pack Drill.”

  1. A relative of mine works for the NHS and has done for years… I could tell you some stories but don’t want to run the risk of getting her into trouble…

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    1. Same here, Suzie. It’s an outrage that no one can speak up for them. And, as usual, they carry the can if something goes wrong due to a management decision.
      It’s like teaching. Public service jobs where no one is allowed to say anything. Even when things are evidently wrong.

      Loving your new pic, btw. You look fab. 🙂 x

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      1. The way my relative gets spoken to and treated by management is disgraceful. I’d love to be able to make it public exactly how much these people get paid and yet are completely incompetent…

        Haha! Thanks – I took it last year and I’m giving it a try… I’d had a few by this pont so I look a bit bog eyed!!

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      2. Well, I’d like to see them try with my number one daughter. But you’re right about incompetence. I’ve told her to go for her Masters and then run the bloody place. And she could. Could run the country this one. 🙂

        You look great. No bog eyes from where I’m looking. 🙂 x

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      3. Well, if she does, I won’t be able to say anything anyway. But, as I said, she is on one’s sap. A mind of her own and a really strong sense of justice. I might let you know on the quiet though. 🙂 x

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  2. Speaking as a retired trauma nurse I know this battle all to well. Push Push Push until you’re on the floor with either exhaustion or lack of nutrients.

    And why is it that all the good women are in Scotland? I can’t seem to find any here in the US

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    1. Lol. 🙂 I could direct you to a good few US women who are amazing. Yo’re obviously following the wrong blogs.

      As far as health care or any public service goes, ‘they’ will do nothing unless they are forced. Parent power or patient power probably has more clout than the employees. Sad that this is the way it functions. 😉 x

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  3. ‘Round here, if a nurse doesn’t come in for his/her shift, the one that’s already there is compelled to prolong his/her already 8 hour shift another 8 hours so that the hospital doesn’t run understaffed. It is completely crazy!

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    1. The expectations are hugely unreasonable. Humanly impossible to give more than is possible to give either in energy or alertness. And this only happens in the way that it does in the public sector – as far as I know- without additional renumeration. Not that that matters because for most of them it is not the principal reason for being there. I am outraged that my daughter’s well-being is being so compromised. Not for the first time, mark you. But possibly for the last. I am right beside her in her anger, pain and frustration. If we want a health service to be proud of then we bloody well better start supporting the front line workers. Or they will have none. At least, none of any worth or backbone. And that doesn’t even begin to address the patients and family who must wonder sometimes what exactly is going on. I’d sooner she left and pursue something else than be treated this way. But it’s what she wants to do. For the time being.x

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      1. Yes, the expectations are indeed highly unreasonable! As far as I know, it does only happen in the public sector. It’s completely crazy, it isn’t fair to the nurses (who, let’s face it, do the job because they love the job, not because they love the work conditions) and to the patients.

        Things need to change and your post is a good way to get the ridiculousness out there.

        Just a thought, have you ever thought of starting a petition on Change.org about this?

        Take care.

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    1. Pete, I read this and am moved and enraged all at the same time. What you describe sounds typical without saying too much from me. It is people like yourself at the receiving end that can make the difference by how voluble you are in what you see and experience. Bless you for your insights.x

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      1. Your welcome I have a formal complaint going through the system and I am not afraid to stand up and point a finger, we pay for or this service. Do you know that machines are rented out to oil companies, museums and archaeologists so they can scan what they find while patients have to wait on ever increasing waiting lists!!! I could go on and on, but I am suppose to be relaxing to get rid of the mounting pain I am in.
        God bless all nurses 🙂

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      2. Good for you, Pete. Nothing changes without fighting for it. And they just don’t listen otherwise. Not that that gives any guarantees. But at least they have to listen and respond which they don’t do with their own staff.
        I had no idea machines were rented outed. If that is the case it’s a bloody scandal. we pay for this stuff.
        Don’t fret yourself. try and relax. I don’t mean to cause you angst. It just gets up my nose that so much is inherently wrong with so many things.
        Take care. x

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      3. I am ok 🙂 just hate injustice……… I should have been a super hero…… Just call me Arthritis Man lol….. 🙂 I right wrongs, fight injustice but it will take me a while to get off the couch so I hope no one needs rescued because they are fecked otherwise he he he night night 🙂

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  4. What an outrage! And yes it happened because of the almighty pound/dollar. I’m so sorry and pray that the Lord restore her health and wholeness. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

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    1. I sincerely hope it is a temporary thing, otherwise there will be repercussions on many levels, I can assure you. It is a disgrace when finance comes before safety and well-being. Thank you, Natalie.x

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  5. Over here in Oz we are the same, not sure where Vanilla resides. Nurses 99% of them are amazing, brilliant and dedicated. How many loafers are there in our Public Service that don’t save lives, don’t help with critically injured, in fact don’t lift a feckin finger and get paid a gazillion. Makes me angry. Nurses here strike quite often and like our Paramedics in the Ambulance Service …these people deserve a decent pay and conditions for what they do. ok off soap box now. I wish your baby well. xx

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    1. Vanilla is in the Philipines. The problem is obviously all over. Money before safety and consideration. The way of the world for so many things now. Maybe it’s always been that way? She’s still in pain and due back on shift tomorrow. But we’ll see. Thanks Jen.x

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  6. Sadly, this trend is becoming more common in virtually every area of life – services, government, education. Things change only when something goes wrong. Good for you for supporting your daughter. Bless her for doing her job with patience, kindness and love.

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    1. She’s a great girl and dedicated. As so many in the public service are. That’s where advantage of them is taken. Change is needed and it is unfortunate that it’s only when something goes wrong that notice is taken. And then the buck passing begins. 😉 x

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  7. This makes my fucking blood boil sis! And I know my God-daughter will not take this lightly – and neither will you or I! xx

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  8. Hospitals couldn’t manage without nurses. My grandmother was a nurse in Michigan, and she spoke for unions so that nurses could band together and not be abused by management. I do hope your daughter can be protected. She does an essential job, and a hard one, one requiring tremendous physical strength. On of my friend’s mother’s a nurse, and when she was working for a hospital, she hurt her shoulder trying to manage a large patient, and it needed surgeries, a change of jobs. It was never right after that. I hope your daughter is well again soon.

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    1. I started training as a nurse years ago, did about six months and it was the most physically exhausting job I’ve ever done. I was only 21 but I was floored after every shift. There’s a lot of lifting and moving. They need all the staff they can get. And all the protection that unions can muster. Not that that should be necessary but there you have it. 😉 x

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      1. People have this attitude that if you don’t do it in a suit at a desk, it’s not valuable. So not true. Nurses save people all the time. What could be more valuable?

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  9. Sounds much like our local hospital here in the USA. Always taking advantage of nursing staff … and housekeeping staff too. My sister-in-law worked *every* Christmas, Christmas eve, New Year’s, New Year’s eve, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving ….. you get the picture. 😦

    Hope she’s recuperated soon — and completely.

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    1. I hope so too. It’s obviously endemic worldwide in public services. Unless there’s someone out there can tell us differently and that in their part of the world public ‘servant’ doesn’t mean slave. Give up your rights and do as your told. 😉 x

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      1. Sadly, corporations here in the USA have the same mindset. We have something called “right to work” laws … and in a nutshell, the laws mean “we (corporations) have the rights and you (drudge) work”. 😦

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      2. Bastards! I want to be a boss. I’d be a good one. But I’d probably get sacked by the CEO or something. Second thoughts, I don’t want to be. But a few human rights would be a good place to start and maybe work their way up to workers’ rights. If they can manage that. Probably need to have a conference on that one and a 1,000,000 page assessment where the results are pretty much what they want them to be. As I said, bastards. 😉 x

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      3. Darned if you do, darned if you don’t.
        You should have heard me during the recent elections …. oh. my. And speaking of human rights … in the USA we’ve been having huge debates over medical insurance … I think that being able to afford to go to the doctor should be a human right … but … well, I won’t get onto the soap box right now. o.O

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      4. I’ve been following that, all the more so because one particular USA friend/blogger is awaiting results that determine whether she will get the treatment she needs or not. I can’t think of anything worse than having to depend on insurance for health care. It should be a right. We’ve always been rightly proud of our National Health Service here. I don’t want to see it going down the drain. x

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  10. Its the evil big man of the health industry. My husband is a director of rehab in a nursing home and he gets worked into the ground while working his staff into the ground. they are constantly trying to squeeze a turnip expecting their employees to be robots. He is currently looking for another job because it has seriously gotten out of control. He works all the time and it is just not worth it. It is not only the big man of the whatever company running it because they are being guided by the government. Or rather that is the larger issue in the USA, health insurance is a total cluster.

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    1. Oh, I know Kerry, there’s always someone ‘above’ putting pressure on to the next one in line until it filters down as far as it can go. It’s bad enough that people are worked into the ground to keep their jobs but the very idea that health and safety is compromised to save money is not on. Legislation was put in place after being fought for by generations of workers and unions to safeguard the workforce at many levels. And now it seems as if it can be ignored in the name of counting beans. The shift of emphasis is so wrong, I feel. We watch our loved ones under pressure to perform against trying odds. I work against restrictions all the time. And as well as suffering ourselves those we’re trying to help suffer. It just does not seem like any advancement in civilized process to find that what was hard fought for now holds little sway. Especially when those who make the demands at the highest level rarely, if at all, have to live with the consequences of their decisions.
      I hope your husband does manage to find other work and I hope my daughter gives due consideration to her future too. It is such a pity that certain sectors of society’s workforce are so poorly thought of that their well-being can be compromised at will.

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