ABQ Health refers to all it's employees as teammates, but it's all rhetoric. There is a clear line in the sand delineating the front line, or patient care team, and the management team. It doesn't matter what your position, you are totally replaceable and not valued by management. It's shocking the lack of respect, yet it doesn't seem to bother management at all. When I had an exit interview and told them what was going on, they acted like it was the first time in their lives anyone had said anything like this. I worked as a "mi-level" provider, which is aka as "steerage" amongst management, the MDs, then of course picked up on by everyone else. Yet when they unceremoniously fired all the RN's and we "mid-levels" complained, concerned about only working with MA's, we were told, "there is no difference between an R.N. and an M.A. Really?! Well, with that logic there is no difference between an MD, and an APRN. I have never worked for such cold management, and I am not alone in this opinion. The staff used to joke, "are we all just somehow damaged, and this is the only place we can get employed?! What is WRONG with us?" After I left, 4 other providers left within the month, it set off a cascade of, "oh we can go somewhere else." Hopefully management understands this message, and starts behaving like team members instead of sports team owners.
Upper management, short staffed