Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Being Called into the Boss’ Office

I walk into my assigned area, take report and miss having my signature drink (which I still have not managed to replace just yet) and start providing excellent care (ie – making sure all is well and my peeps are breathing) when my boss asks me to come into her office. After visiting the loo to make sure I don’t wet my scrub pants in her office, I resign myself to my fate and prepare to accept whatever happens. I sat down shivering and realized that two of the charge nurses were in her office as well. Then I was really happy that I peed before. My boss’ steely gaze settled on the chocolate stain on my scrub pant and then she told me, “congrats Maha, you have the best attendance record of this year” and then she shooed me away to a violently vomiting patient. I was bewildered and then saddened because I didn’t get a gold star and a raise. What an odd day.

14 comments:

cfoxes33 said...

LOL. Well good for you, I think.

StorytellERdoc said...

My congrats to you as well, I think, Maha! Wait, wait, wait...maybe they can make you a birthday hat like we got in elementary school on our special day. Of course, now, your's would have to be a tiara.

You cracked me up with this one...

Old MD Girl said...

Nice job! Maybe think of it as a virtual gold star.

NP Odyssey said...

Isn't that the way it goes? You do something good and a quick pat on the back and on your way. However, if you have an infraction or make a mistake the hospitals first response is to cover their butts, then it is paperwork and re-training for the RN.

RehabNurse said...

Nice, and not very subtle.

Now you can't top my boss for being "casual"...s/he gave me my paperwork for achieving certification in my area while I stood in the hallway working on something else.

Any other place I've been to, it would have been a big deal...not with him. "Congratulations", fling the paper at me with a smile and off.

I was happy with the raise, though.

Hopefully, the goofs you work for will do the same and give you one.

As they say, 90% of life is showing up.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

That seems odd to scare the shit out of you for nothing but a nod of the head. They could at least have treated you to a signature drink. Or new set of scrubs. Or trip to Tahiti.

tottergirl said...

Sheesh, after the scare the least they could have added was a stern "Now, don't do it again!"

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ERP said...

Well, the same thing happened to me once - I was told a patient donated 1000$ to the hospital because of the "excellent care" I gave him. Of couse I never saw any of that....

nurse XY said...

It's clear I have much to learn.

I would never have thought to preemptively empty my bladder. I'd have been sitting in a large warm puddle.

Laney said...

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AcuteCare4Life said...

I know just how you felt! It feels like you've been called to the principal's office for BAD behavior! I too empty my bladder prior to THE VISIT. At 54, every chance to void is best to be taken. Do you think if you had been BAD the visit would have been as brief?

torontoemerg said...

Charge nurses (apeaking as one) are mostly harmless... the time to start worrying is when you see the union rep in the office!

Anonymous said...

You should "get" something for that. A small gift card, something. I know I know, we shouldn't be rewarded for doing the right thing, but we are human and small goodies motivate the inner, childish competitive streak. Surely $25 a month could be found somewhere. Maybe from the coffee fund, or whatever, and then have folks pay for their own coffee. There is always a way.