Work is too stressful. One guy is still out sick or something, and the fucking management refuses to replace him while he's gone, so we're constantly working short-staffed. I doubt they even bother to notice that our morale is way down, that our attitudes are crappy, that we're easily angered, and ready to blow a gasket. Do they notice... maybe, do they even care, highly doubtful.
I think it's just about time to write a letter to the editor of the paper.
Patients are not getting the care they need (the problem is hospital-wide, not just my department). Many corners are being cut. Patients are getting upset. And we, as care-givers, are constantly being asked to do more!
Yes, a couple of letters to the editor... the first to try to educate some people. 1) People in E.R. are not seen on a first-come first-served basis, but rather according to the severity of their illness. 2) The E.R. is not an instant cure. It will take the same amount of time for your body to get rid of a cold whether you come to the E.R. or not. 3) Remember to bring a book, or something interesting to do that will keep your attention for several hours, as the wait (both in the waiting room, and in the examination room) can last a while. 4) Realize that newer physicians have been trained in school to use modern technology (radiology, laboratory, EKG, etc) more liberally than the ones who have been practicing longer than they stayed in school. 5) Know that a physician is human, and may not know what your ailment is after the first 15 minutes of your examination. There are still diseases out there that don't even have names yet. And there is the possibility that a doctor may err on your diagnosis--like I said, s/he is human.
Then, the second letter would blast our hospital's lack of care to its care-workers, allowing us to work under-staffed, keeping us the lowest paid in the county (and would you believe, it's still the best place to work!!!). Allowing the stresses to infiltrate our being. Not giving a rat's ass because they are making lots of money!
I'd probably get fired for that one, wouldn't I? I wonder if I could write a letter to the dead-honcho, stating I was a patient who noticed all these things going on with the personnel, and just rip them apart for their cruelty, and then leave the letter anonamous.
Shit, I don't know what to do... I need to rant some more, obviously. I just have to rant to the right person that can actually do something about the fucking problem. Yeah, sure... like they'd ever talk to a low-life x-ray tech who has only been doing this job for 10 years and can easily be replaced.
(no, not you the reader... the hospital I work at)
Lots of love to you all,