|MUSC Rumor Mill separates fact from fiction
As a MUSC employee, I am deeply disturbed about all the employees using
handicap parking placards. Do we really want this person of such low
character representing our university?
Given the state laws that govern handicapped parking, it has been
difficult if not impossible for the university to properly police these
city- owned handicap parking spaces. However, as of Jan. 1, new laws
became effective that will enable the university’s parking enforcement
officers to begin addressing these long- standing concerns.
Flooding around MUSC
The Rumor Mill received several comments concerning the flooding around the MUSC campus.
Charleston and the Lowcountry area are prone to flooding, depending on
various conditions. MUSC administration needs to do a better job of
informing employees in advance of how quickly conditions can change and
the best places to park to avoid damage to vehicles. The most recent
flood was more severe than anticipated and more widespread than any
observed for many years. The timing of this flood around shift change
made this one particularly difficult. Prior to the flood, hospital
administration communicated with local weather experts and as weather
conditions deteriorated, the staff was in communication with the city
police department, local disaster preparedness and others. This
communication was passed on as best possible considering resources
available at the time. Hospital administration has begun dialogue with
university Public Safety, MUHA Security, University Risk Management,
Parking, Nursing Administration (house supervisors) and others to
determine how planning can be improved for any future floods.
CARTA bus schedule
On Nov. 1, the CARTA Express buses that transported students and
employees to James Island, Mount Pleasant and West Ashley that departed
at 7:51 p.m. were canceled. Why didn’t MUSC send a mass e-mail to
inform those who could have possibly relied on those routes that it
would be canceled.
CARTA elected to drop the 7:51 Express bus to West Ashley due to a lack
of rider ship. It is possible to bring the route back if demand picks
back up— definitely a reversible decision. Anyone who has information
on possible demand for this route should contact John Runyon, Business
Services, at 792-2467 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It seems the hospital census has been up routinely for a long time now.
I was wondering the status of raises for all employees. A 2 to 4
percent incentive raise has not even covered the cost of living, and
even then, unit-based employees have not seen any increase. Will that
be happening anytime in the near future? I’m having trouble living off
the same salary for consecutive years when all of my living expenses
Refer to the HR compensation policy #15 and the link to the policy
concerning the fiscal year 2009/10 pay plan. Also, Lynn Campbell
of MUHA HR department may be contacted by phone or e-mail to provide
answers to any specific questions.
Dual certification, license
I have been told that when I graduate from nursing school I cannot
continue to work here as a paramedic for the critical care team, even
if I don't apply at the medical center for a nursing position.
This is not true. You would have to maintain the required
credentials/competencies for a paramedic and would not be allowed to
practice outside the scope of service for the position.
I have heard two different stories as to what we are supposed to do
with our computers at the end of the day when we log off. The first was
that we should click Start-Shutdown-Restart and leave it in this mode
so software updates could be launched out to our systems overnight. The
second is to click Start-Shutdown-Shutdown and even unplug the
computers overnight to save energy. Which is it?
At the end of the day, operators should simply restart the machine
(Start-Shutdown-Restart). The workstations are programmed to put the
monitor and the system itself to sleep after about 20 minutes for
energy savings. The machines do update during the night, so this is the
Call pay for managers
Is it true that certain nurse managers, service chiefs, coordinators
get call pay for all hours away from work, just for being available to
answer the occasional question by phone? Wouldn’t that be an integral
part of their jobs anyway?
This rumor is not true. If anyone is aware of practices, which do not
appear to be in line with the medical center compensation policy and
procedures, contact Lynn Campbell, Medical Center Human Resources,
792-1684 or email@example.com.
Reproduced from http://www.carc.musc.edu/rumormill
Friday, Jan. 15, 2010