It seems that we never have enough nurses where I work and I'm working all the time to cover shifts but still they have to call in agency nurses. They've already hired new grads but need more experienced nurses to apply.
I'm tired from working all the time and am taking a break this week. If they could, the nursing supervisor would call me in 7 days a week, that's how badly we need nurses.
I know we have a tremendous glut of nurses in San Diego and probably in all of California so I don't understand why our hospital is always short? I'm covering med/surg, tele and rehab. They are also short in ICU, ER and OB. I just finished a four week telemetry class and several of the nurses in class said they also being called in 6 and 7 days a week and didn't have time to study for the class. So really it's the entire hospital that is short. What's the deal? I'm overworked!