My personal productivity has really taken a downturn of late. I have not been able to do as much studying of the stock market, and haven't really done that much "entertainment" reading (I'm STILL working on Tami Hoag's Kill the Messenger, which is excellent and I should have finished reading it by now).
I think the hardest times for nurses are the months of February and March. I always tend to be really dissatisfied with things during this time, until the summer comes and our census and acuity goes down. The holiday season got us tired, and then the flu season usually hits in January and February (this year, well into March) and then it's just a slow crawl until the Arizona crucible-like heat slows everything down. If things go as usual, we'll be periodically shutting different units down due to low census, which while it brings about a lot of floating between units (never fun), it also reduces our staffing shortages, and folks that need to take time off can get it.
Conflict with the physicians continues. Over the past couple of weeks, the latest thing was that the main hospitalist group was claiming we were "making up" the daily weights of our patients (we weigh every patient on nights). I just got so god damn sick and tired of hearing about it, and having to interrogate the nurses and CNAs about the problem, that one night, I just decided to be present at every patient weight (51 in all). I would weigh myself before each weight to verify the accuracy of the scale. If a patient balked at their weight, I would tell them what my weight should be, and then I would get on the scale and let the patient read my weight (exactly as I predicted it would be), which made them realize the scales were precise from one use to another. If any patient grumbled about being awakened for a weight, I identified myself as the charge nurse for the unit and told them the weight would have to be done (and then I filled out a Press Ganey complaint form to pass along to administration to back up nursing's claim that daily weights in the dead of night pisses people off). I then turned the list of weights and a personal statement staking my professional reputation on the precision of the weights and turned it into my boss, with a demand that the allegations of falsifying the weights stop.
And they did. I've gotten administration's assurance the issue is now dropped.
But the whole process really ramped up my feelings of anger and aggression, which really just isn't suitable for my role as charge nurse.
So the next day, I was driving into our new parking deck, and saw that they had blocked all of the spaces on the first floor with red cones, and come to find out the spaces are being reserved for physicians (it's a seven-level deck, most of which is empty). They painted each space with white lettering on the black asphalt: Physician Parking Only. And I don't know why but it has royally pissed me off. I've just lost so much respect for our physicians that the idea of giving up spaces for them just galls me.
So I've gone to our local Home Depot...
and bought myself a couple of cans of black spray paint...