I worked at Detroit Medical Center part-time
I worked 27 years as an RN, but decided to retire early. In my career, I have met some beautiful people...staff and patients. I never would have had the blessing of meeting these people and caring for their needs if I was not an RN. As a patient, I received excellent care from the physicians and the staff. There are many dedicated, hardworking staff at the DMC.
Since TENET took over, I see a decline in the quality of care because of the staffing cuts. There is a disrespect in the way staff are treated by TENET. I have seen management who have dedicated many years of their lives to the DMC be walked out by security because they were no longer needed. There is a lack of honour and respect for those people who gave years of sweat and blood to make the DMC what it is today. It hurts me to see this. Another problem is the cuts in staffing. I realize that there are financial concerns and I don't know what their budget is. Health care is costly to pay staff and for the supplies needed to run a hospital. Cutting costs is a reality, but at the same time, patients deserve excellent care. It is difficult to make hourly rounds when I have 6 couplets on postpartum. This is 12 patients to care for and chart on. I can't do it anymore. I feel like I am running in circles just to barely get the job done. To me it is not just a job. It is a vocation which involves interaction and care of patients....not running from room to room spending very minimal time with each person. If there is an emergency with a patient then it is awful because no other patients can receive excellent care if you are tied up. The cuts in clerks make it impossible to be with the patients, chart, and answer phones and call lights. The desk is chaotic. Also, when an employee is off on medical leave, we have limited income, yet we receive this bill to pay for the medical care and if it is not paid we are cut off of medical care when we need a physician most. I see people undergoing chemotherapy and all sorts of health problems coming back to work early, while they are still not well, so they don't lose their medical care. It is awful that staff who dedicate their life to the hospital are treated this way. I don't want to be an RN anymore because I find it too stressful the way health care is changing to cut costs at the expense of the patients and the staff. I don't like the way my fellow coworker's in management were treated after years of service. They are not just numbers, they are people who dedicated their lives to make the hospital what it is today. I am leaving and retiring early to enjoy the rest of my life. I had a great career and I wish everyone the best in their career. It is all about just enjoying the people we interact with, despite the changes and cuts.
Advice to Management
Please have more compassion for patients and staff when decisions are made. Treat people with respect. Stop bringing patients who lost babies to the postpartum unit because it hurts them and they deserve compassion. I know it is hard because financial budgets are a reality. I respect that and sincerely care. I felt blessed to have some great managers throughout the years. I think it is all about the people. If staff satisfaction is down then patient satisfaction and care will be effected. We must always try to keep staff morale up by focusing on the good as well as the bad stuff. Team work is the key to staffing cuts, because working together to keep patient satisfaction up and give excellent care is the only way!!!!
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Detroit Medical Center.
I received a call from one of the managers asking could I come in for a interview? She gave me the job description over the phone and scheduled a interview from there. 2 managers were in the room