How are nurses being treated by administrators in Public and Private Hospital Healthcare Systems?
Having the experience in both direct patient care for many years and in administration for many years, I think the least administration can do is actually put on scrubs and help at the patient care level. I know some will say, my skills are gone but if that is the case, there are multiple other ways you can help. Stop hiding in the office and actually help. Walk the walk and stop talking.
I think this is a difficult thing to answer- as I think frontline staff would have a very different response to you than someone working as a nurse administrator (me) - that being said everyone in healthcare at every level is struggling with the staffing shortages, high patient volume and financial challenges that we are experiencing- its the environment that is making it rough at all levels and anyone would say they are feeling pressure to do more with less and not feeling heard about the challenges. Places that recognize this is the new normal, we won't have enough people in the nursing/support staff workforce and are open to new ways of delivering care will be able to emerge successfully to meet the needs of their patients and recruit/retain staff going forward- it won't get easier and we are not going back
Are you talking compensation? If you are talking how you are actually treated, it depends on the hospital. It's the leadership culture, that isn't dependent on public vs private. Even union vs non-union.
I now work in a Free Standing Emergency room I have been working in this setting for the last 10 years. When we first opened years ago they said this would not last but here we are the differences are here I feel more involved with the business model and more invested. This organization seems more personable to me the physicians and staff know each other well their families and they genuinely care about each other we have many yearly outings to decompress sponsored by the facility and work well. In the many hospital settings I worked in throughout my tenure since 1998 as an LVN and 2002 as a RN I felt like a number, impersonal and unnoticed. In the hospital it was like jump through more hoops you are now responsible for more duties and more paperwork, in this private sector I feel I can get back to patient care on a one to one basis and really enjoy coming into work everyday a big part of that is being recognized instead of chastised by administration.