Thursday, June 12, 2008

Public Service Announcement: Whiny Co-workers Edition

Dear Co-workers:

In case you didn't know, this brand-new, big, shiny hospital that we just moved into is not equipped with an auto-clean function.

If you don't clean up after yourself, return items where they belong, and restock your rooms, the magical Cleaning/Stocking Fairy will not show up do it.

Like Fibromyalgia, she does not exist.

If you don't take care of your brand-new, big, shiny hospital, it will soon look just like the other one. Old, dingy, and broken-down. Remember when all of your equipment either didn't work or was held together with duct tape? Including the ELEVATOR!?!? Remember this copier? (Yes, that is indeed a ream of paper holding it up.)

And stop freakin' whining about "how hard you have to work now because everything is so big and so far away."

You have brand new equipment that WORKS in every room. You have a place for most of your supplies and all of your linens in every room. There is a fully stocked med room, supply room, and nutrition room within 30 feet of every room. There is a door, and a curtain, in every room.

If you'd stop bitching for 5 minutes and look around, you'd realize that you are in ER heaven.

Healthcare, and especially the ER, sucks most of the time, and it's getting worse. It definitely doesn't get any better than this. If you can't handle it at its best, get the hell out now.

I'm tired of your whining.


MonkeySister said...

You go girl! You ARE going to print this out and put copies throughout the ER, right? :)

Phillip said...

Well, you know what they say, some people would complain if you hung them with a new rope.

"It's too scratchy, the old ropes are softer, wah wah wah."

Sometimes you have to wonder if these people have ever actually had anything bad ever happen to them. I fell off a 40 foot cliff last July. When I woke up in the hospital, I couldn't stop smiling and being happy, despite the pain... why? Because I was ALIVE, dammit, and after that everything else was a little problem.

For some reason I was very popular there, because I was always happy and thanking people (nurses, doctors, visitors, anyone) for any little thing they did for me. I did my best not to complain. Amazing how that makes a difference. I think it makes a difference in how well and fast you recover, too.

CountyRat said...

Phillip, you are my hero!

John McElveen said...

Hey Girk,

Just wanted to say HI. I haven't been around much due to new position (Missionary) at work, and on-line school. Hope all is well.


Northwoods Baby said...

Jesus, I don't even work there and I'm tired of their bitching! I suppose if they had a brand new, shiny kitchen at home, they'd find things to kvetch about too. How sad.

Sarah said...

I'm totally jealous of your shiny new hospital.

Nurse K said...

Now, if you go to computer charting, everyone over age 45 or so will whine 24/7 about having to type and click things and oh-it's-so-confusing and why can't we go back to the old way?

Rogue Medic said...

Nurse K,

That hurts. I prefer computerized charting. Mine is much easier than your charting, but a lot of it is in having a good template (or the ability to get into the template and make it user friendly).

911DOC said...

whining ceasing in september. will continue apace till then.

MonkeyGirl said...

Nurse K-
We went to computerized charting 3 months ago. They're still whining about it. I'm a little more forgiving about that, though, because they're right, the program they ("they" being the administrators that will never, ever use it) chose does suck.

Perhaps you could stop rubbing it in our faces that you're getting out of this shithole that we call Emergency Medicine. Some of us don't deal well with jealousy. Does wherever you're going have an opening for a mouthy nurse? I'll relocate if it's within reason.....

Anonymous said...

In the Navy there is a saying, "A Bitching Sailor is a Happy Sailor."

911DOC said...

i'm going to haiti. there's lots of sick people there and i could live like a king. also, it would be much easier to practice without JCAHO, HIPAA, EMTALA, and clipboard people. just me and you and our families. i fully expect, as well, that in haiti, even with grinding third world poverty and kids with kwashiokor that the people coming to see me for my services might at least give me a chicken or something for my services. then i could start a chicken ranch.

Rogue Medic said...

A chicken ranch?

We don't have to worry about you going all classy on us all of a sudden.

Spook, RN said...

You have :
1. Working equipment
2. In every freaking room??!!

Holy shit!

Condoleeza said...

Did your shit job make you stupid, or do you have a shit job because you're so stupid?

Rogue Medic said...

Condoleeza said...

"Did your shit job make you stupid, or do you have a shit job because you're so stupid?"

Ouch! From such a fine example of achievement, intelligence, and charm. That criticism is just right on target. I'm sure MonkeyGirl will do the right thing and go commit seppuku.

You have done your good deed for the day. I am in awe.

Where can I obtain more of these pearls of wisdom, that you dangle so alluringly before our swinish eyes?

Dedicated_Dad said...


They hand them out for free at the Fibromyalgia clinic...


Rogue Medic said...


I missed my appointment this morning. I thought I would go by the ED later and they would take care of me. :-)