lake cumberland regional hospital
polarized

Somerset, KY

#21 Mar 24, 2012
The final emphasis for the staff is to help the patient, at the orders of the doctor. The issue that holds back on the care you think is better then what you are receiving is the administration. Budgets have to be met, politics have to be played by those that are administrators, the HR Director makes personel decisions and not the directors, people are kept or let go based on if that person is liked more then if that person does their job well......payments received are based on a scoring system regarding satisfaction....that is the driving force. Employees who do not meet standards imposed by outside forces are not employeed long. There are very few issues directed toward employee satisfication because administration does not get that a happy employee is a better employee. To many jealous petty little people in supervisor positions to have a happy work place. I heard a suspervisor say he is changing things because he can and if I didn't like it I could quit...and I did....no concern for the little guys there.

“It is what it is, folks!!”

Since: Feb 10

Location hidden

#22 Mar 24, 2012
Nurses are NOT your personal waiters/waitresses. I've worked in many hospitals. I've had years of watching family members take advantage of the staff while they are there visiting...

*More than once, I've seen patients family members try to run a poor nurse half to death, wanting coffee, sodas, etc. Feeding time came and guess where this type of person will go? They'll leave the room while the NURSE helps feed their family member. If you have any love at all for that person, then why aren't YOU also making sure that they eat their meal? It's not that a nurse doesn't WANT to feed your loved one, but YOU should also be of some help. Just as well, don't sit there and ask the nurse mid-meal, if she will bring you a soda, water, or FOOD. One word for you: RUDE! Actually two: Lazy AND rude!

*Many family members won't even offer their loved ones a bed pan when they need it. If you're there, put it under them. When they're finished, help them cleanse, put the bedpan aside and ring for a nurse in case their intake/output is being monitored. I'm sure that your loved one would MUCH rather have your help in such delicate matters..

*If your loved one would like a warm cloth to wipe their face with, run some warm water and offer it to them along with a dry towel. You don't need to ring the nurse for a washcloth unless there are none to be found. Lotion their feet, arms, or legs if they need it. There is NOTHING against hospital policy that states you cannot help them apply deodorant, brush their teeth, or comb their hair while you're there.

*If they'd like a glass of water, don't ring the nurse to come in a give it to them. As long as they aren't on restricted liquids, give them some water! You can also get off of your lazy butt and go ask for a refill of their water pitcher at the nurses station if you see it's running low.

*Don't expect the hospital to feed you for free just because your family member is in one of the beds. You can eat down in the cafeteria. Aside from the fact that I've seen relatives actually eating the patients food themselves....

I've seen some very rude and 'needy' people come in to visit relatives. These are the type that aren't a welcomed sight by ANY nursing staff. Trust me. It doesn't take long to peg the truly "needy" in these situations. These are also the type of people who would complain that a nurse is not "doing enough". Nurses are NOT there to cater to YOUR needs. Their number one goal is to help your loved one and make THEM as comfortable as possible. Not YOU...

Keep in mind that she or he has other patients as well. So while you're there visiting, be proactive with your loved ones care. Don't sit idly by and complain because "not enough" is being done simply because YOU aren't being waited on hand a foot.
Farreal

Whitley City, KY

#23 Mar 24, 2012
Well folks I nor my family asked for a thing I went got my own drinks and food. The nurses flat out didn't do there job after my wife had surgery. This was our personal experience. There are good and bad nurses guess my wife's health didn't mean as much as the patient they put in the room with her.
A RN

London, KY

#24 Mar 24, 2012
_-_Nope_-_ wrote:
Nurses are NOT your personal waiters/waitresses. I've worked in many hospitals. I've had years of watching family members take advantage of the staff while they are there visiting...
*More than once, I've seen patients family members try to run a poor nurse half to death, wanting coffee, sodas, etc. Feeding time came and guess where this type of person will go? They'll leave the room while the NURSE helps feed their family member. If you have any love at all for that person, then why aren't YOU also making sure that they eat their meal? It's not that a nurse doesn't WANT to feed your loved one, but YOU should also be of some help. Just as well, don't sit there and ask the nurse mid-meal, if she will bring you a soda, water, or FOOD. One word for you: RUDE! Actually two: Lazy AND rude!
*Many family members won't even offer their loved ones a bed pan when they need it. If you're there, put it under them. When they're finished, help them cleanse, put the bedpan aside and ring for a nurse in case their intake/output is being monitored. I'm sure that your loved one would MUCH rather have your help in such delicate matters..
*If your loved one would like a warm cloth to wipe their face with, run some warm water and offer it to them along with a dry towel. You don't need to ring the nurse for a washcloth unless there are none to be found. Lotion their feet, arms, or legs if they need it. There is NOTHING against hospital policy that states you cannot help them apply deodorant, brush their teeth, or comb their hair while you're there.
*If they'd like a glass of water, don't ring the nurse to come in a give it to them. As long as they aren't on restricted liquids, give them some water! You can also get off of your lazy butt and go ask for a refill of their water pitcher at the nurses station if you see it's running low.
*Don't expect the hospital to feed you for free just because your family member is in one of the beds. You can eat down in the cafeteria. Aside from the fact that I've seen relatives actually eating the patients food themselves....
I've seen some very rude and 'needy' people come in to visit relatives. These are the type that aren't a welcomed sight by ANY nursing staff. Trust me. It doesn't take long to peg the truly "needy" in these situations. These are also the type of people who would complain that a nurse is not "doing enough". Nurses are NOT there to cater to YOUR needs. Their number one goal is to help your loved one and make THEM as comfortable as possible. Not YOU...
Keep in mind that she or he has other patients as well. So while you're there visiting, be proactive with your loved ones care. Don't sit idly by and complain because "not enough" is being done simply because YOU aren't being waited on hand a foot.
OMG!!! Nicely put!!!
reverb

Brownsville, TN

#25 Mar 24, 2012
yeah if your sick dont go to lake cumberland hospital cause they will let you die.
freaky

Somerset, KY

#26 Mar 25, 2012
Matter of the bosses not giving a crap about nothing but themselves and if they don't have to come in and work when someone calls in. They would be better off if they made the work place good enough to not have anyone not want to come to work. To much drama, to much backstabbers, to much butt kissing by supervisors. You don't know if you will lose your job one day to the next because someone tells something, instead of looking into the issue, they just go ahead a fire people. Bosses dont understand that people who want to work in a hospital are there to help people. But sometimes the drama is to much to live with because of the lieing backstabber buttkissers. I quit last year because of all the crap and favoritism that goes on. The worse places are in the basment in the kitchen and houskeeping....a lot of 35 year old teenagers work there...crying and whining all the time. I tried to transfer out of the department worked in, but the person who interviewed me said I wasn't qualified, and the person who got the job was fresh out of high school......lol...but she was pretty and slim and I am old and a little overweight.....
Nurse With Heart

Liberty, KY

#27 Mar 25, 2012
I have worked at LCRH for several years. You have your good and bad nurses and aides. Myself, I have come to learn with years of experience that you have to not only treat and care for your patients but also the family. Yes, the patients can be very sick but at the same time, you must realize that the family is under a lot of stress and pressure also. You can make your job a lot easier, instead of waiting for them to ask for that coke, cup of coffee or ice. Why don't you take a minute and offer to get it for them. You know, they are trying to hold down a job, take care of families and stay with momma or daddy to keep them from getting up and falling. Give them a break. Big deal, you are a nurse, that doesn't mean you get out of getting that coke, ice, coffee, or even that bedpan. It just means you get paid a little more. So suck it up, have a heart and do your dang job with a smile on your face.
What about it

London, KY

#28 Mar 25, 2012
I don't and will not go to LCRH because I can't afford to. I have great insurance, and it covers us well at UK or Good Sam, but my bill from LCRH gets home before I do. And usually get billed from three or four different entities. Ain't no way I'm going to LCRH.

Level 3

Since: Jun 11

Location hidden

#29 Mar 25, 2012
A RN wrote:
<quoted text>
OMG!!! Nicely put!!!
This is just what the problem is, lack of professionalism. You are not a professional as one might expect, but a back country wanabe that didnt get the big city job because of a lack there of, well you guessed it being PROFESSIONAL...
A RN

London, KY

#30 Mar 25, 2012
No one knows how good of a nurse I am but me, my manger, fellow co-workers and patient. I don't have to prove anything to you guys who want to just bring anyone down. Like I said in my first comment, you hear this kind of stuff at any health care facility....
Say

United States

#33 Mar 26, 2012
LCRH sucks and so does the majority of the people that work there...BUT, I will say that some people think when a family member goes into the hospital, that it's actually vacation time. They get to stay in a free room, at the expense of their family member, they get waited on and they leave their trash and food bags EVERYWHERE. Hell, if it weren't for the family member getting sick, they would NEVER have a fancy vacation. Just sayin.
ME ME ME

Falls Of Rough, KY

#34 Mar 26, 2012
what would you do if you went in for pancreatitis
and they gave you so much IV fluids and etc that
they knocked your heart out of rhythm and then wanted to transfer you to another hospital?
Tell Me

Stanford, KY

#35 Mar 28, 2012
Localgirl23 wrote:
Yes don't you dare ask for more ice and a coke!!!You would be better off walking to McDonald's .The nurses their are gross don't even wear gloves half the time & if they do they cut the tip off of the finger.What good is that?If u asked them to put gloves on they give you a go to hell look and a new nurse comes in.Hehe
maybe you should go to McDonald... If your actually sick you might be a little more concerned about the status of your health. Try getting a nursing degree and figure out what we really do instead of griping because the nurse was two busy with the other patients who can't breathe or having chest pains to get you a coke (with ice). Get over yourself.
Tell Me

Stanford, KY

#36 Mar 28, 2012
Localgirl23 wrote:
I broke my leg and after surgery went I got in a room a cna brought me ice.One nurse brought me my pain medicine one time.I had to ASK for everything.I even had to ask how in the world do I unhook everthing to go to the bathroom.(I wasn't even supposed to be up and around yet)I got an infection and I had an IV.I was supposed to have around the clock for 48 hours.Nobody ever came in to change the IV so when the DR.came in and wondered why my IV wasn't going.I said I have no clue.Sooooo that meant for a longer hospital stay.( room was dirty also)
oh so you were in ICU. You have call lights for a reason. Use it. There are other patients then yourself.
Tell Me

Stanford, KY

#37 Mar 28, 2012
Localgirl23 wrote:
To A RN isn't that what your job is? To help(wait) on sick people because they are not capable of doing it themselves?A nurse does alot more than just give medicine to patients.
yeah they do a lot more than give medicines and a lot more than being your personal lady in waiting. Once again get over yourself.
Tell Me

Stanford, KY

#38 Mar 28, 2012
just watch wrote:
<quoted text>because two thirds of them are sleeping with the doctors and do not care about the job
that is what you see on tv on in the factory you work at. This is not true.
Retired

Haysi, VA

#39 Mar 29, 2012
It's not lack of skill of the individuals (for the most part) or lack of up to date equipment. IT's understaffing. If a nurse has to see 8 patients and one of them is coding, the other 7 will get no care. It's not any better in Lexington. IT's a national shortage and will only get worse.
just me

United States

#40 Mar 29, 2012
Retired wrote:
It's not lack of skill of the individuals (for the most part) or lack of up to date equipment. IT's understaffing. If a nurse has to see 8 patients and one of them is coding, the other 7 will get no care. It's not any better in Lexington. IT's a national shortage and will only get worse.
is it really a shortage or hospital not hiring enough staff so they can reap more $$$$?
linda

Russell Springs, KY

#41 Mar 30, 2012
Spent four days there last summer. Had blood clots in my lungs. Couldn't have been treated any better anywhere. Definitely saved my life!
insiderknowledge

Krypton, KY

#42 Apr 2, 2012
The care a person receives at the hospital by the nurses are germaine to two issues. The first issue is the doctors. Nursing relies on the instructions of the doctors. Any care must be ordered by a doctor that goes beyond normal nursing care. The second issue is reimbursement methods the hospital receives from insurance companies, and the governments involved, both state and federal. If reimbursment is not what is expected, a for profit hospital will therefore cut costs, and in every business, labor is the largest expense. If the issue is money, staff will suffer first. Basic business principle.
One issue at LCRH that effects the attitude of the staff is the atmosphere that is contributed by administration. Based on observation, the admin staff at the hospital has less concern for the patients and more concern for keeping their positions of prestige. Instead of making decisions based on patient care, decisions are made based on keeping their jobs and not putting themselves in jeopardy of being asked to leave. The CEO tries his best, and the new COO tries his best, but when you reach the level of director.....it is all about keeping their jobs. Most directors have no clue how to be in a leadership position, in my humble opinion. Have seen it first when when I was an employee there. Unfortunatly, expressing this opinion to the wrong person is the reason I am not still an employee at the hospital.

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