Nurses protest at HCA Largo Medical Center
LARGO-Nurses at Largo Medical Center went public Tuesday with their grievances, waving red and white signs in front of the hospital reading "safe staffing = better patient care."
Since January, Largo Medical Center nurses have filed almost 150 complaints with hospital managers and their relatively new union. Nurses can't refuse an assignment but can register objections, in this case mostly involving claims of inadequate staffing.
Many who float between hospital units also say they are asked to cover in areas for which they feel poorly prepared. "We have some patient safety concerns," Largo Medical nurse......
Nov 16, '11
by herring_RN Guide
Originally Posted by Tankweti
To Futterwacken: I thought that was an excellent comment you made about facilities not being interested in new grads but being interested in overloading the nurses they have to unsafe levels. You have really hit the ball out of the park with that one. It is as if they are ignoring the ramifications of what they are doing in terms of safe staffing. And they are. All CEO's in health care are rolling the dice now, overloading nurses with very ill patients, and hoping that nothing bad happens, i.e. that no patient dies or that they get sued. Of course, if they do get sued, the overloaded nurse will bear the brunt of it.
Quote from 8mpg
or a brand new untrained nurse can be more detrimental than overloaded experienced one....
New grads need adequate orientation with a preceptor and not assigned total responsibility for patients until his or her competency has been validated.
The new grad is not "untrained". The new grad is an advanced beginner. (Benner)
Last edit by herring_RN on Nov 16, '11