Nursing Voices

Monday, March 12, 2007

Don’t Mess with Karma

In Buddhist teaching, the law of karma says only this: `for every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first.' The Karma Gods are very angry, and they are kicking butt at our hospital. The hospital administrator, Mr. Grinch, is telling the staff that the hospital is having financial difficulties related to the hospital’s expansion, yet, his office is now decked about in opulent office furniture. I found this out from a housekeeper who couldn’t believe her eyes one morning when she went into Mr. Grinch’s office to empty his trash. She reported the sudden appearance of butter-soft leather furniture and a large flat-screen plasma television in Mr. Grinch’s lair. She also said that his new private office came with other amenities, including a private bathroom that came complete with granite counter tops and a seven-foot window that allows Mr. Grinch to peer at staff and visitors coming and going from the hospital as he sits on the crapper. It’s good to be King!

A couple of weeks ago, the Karma Gods took revenge on Mr. Grinch. They obviously have a wicked sense of humor. Somehow a drainage pipe somewhere in the hospital’s plumbing system backed up and spewed raw sewage that ended up in front of Mr. Grinch’s office door. According to one of my friends who witnessed the eruption, it stank to high heaven, and Grinch ran out of his office like his pants were on fire. Of course he left it to the underlings to clean up the mess.

I wonder what the Karma Gods are planning next. Stay tuned.


Blogger girlvet said...

Get ready for some layoffs. All these hospitals across the country are building additions such as heart hospitals in anticipation of all of us baby boomers clogged up veins. Heart stuff is where the money is. Our hospital did the same. They lost millions last year. The anticipated increase never happened. And guess who is now paying the price? You go it the workers. Tey're crying too about budget problems that they created. They think pretty room will make a difference. They still don't get that the staff is what keeps the people coming back.

3:15 PM  
Blogger poody said...

sometimes shit happpens!

4:00 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

ahhh - ouch - but, ahhh the karma

8:30 PM  
Blogger Bohemian Road Nurse... said...

Code Brown! Code Brown!

9:49 PM  
Blogger Digi Rebel said...

Our CEO Grinch cried the same message..We haven't gotten our bonus for several years in a row now, always a new excuse...the new er, the new heart center, cuts in medicare, and the reasons go on. But low and behold down in out patient waiting room we've got brand new big screen plasma tv's all along the walls. You think those new tv's are going to keep the patients coming back???

10:43 PM  
Blogger alphabet soup said...

Mother Jones
I am an avid reader of your posts. This just has to be poetic justice in it's purest form. I have taken the liberty of putting your post into my Soup du jour for today.

Ms Soup

3:42 AM  
Blogger Nikki said...

Work stinks sometimes doesn't it?

9:10 AM  
Blogger Deacon Barry said...


2:44 PM  
Blogger Forgotten Blue Line said...

Well, well we seem to have similiar grinches. Mine wont replace kadaver and morgue equipment. I am hurt and will be out for several weeks. The grinch says they don't have the money to replace our equiptment and give us the proper PPE. Lets see how much it will cost him to pay me to sit on my ass. Read the whole story at

I am back to posting more stories now.

1:10 AM  
Blogger Juliette said...

There was a time when I considered hospital administration as a career - I wonder if I would have become a grinch...

10:11 AM  
Blogger scalpel said...

Ah, so it's YOUR fault. ;)

Good timing.

1:20 AM  

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