Hi! I am new to allnurses.com, and so far I have found a lot of helpful information and advice on here.
As of now, I'm a novice nurse at almost 10 months of experience on an oncology/palliative care/med-surg floor in a southern hospital. From what i've heard, the mention of unions at this hospital will have administration keeping a keen eye on you...
Having only 10 months of experience, I am already starting to feel the effects of burn out!
We are underpaid, overworked, and extremely understaffed. With a recent layoff, all the nurses are scared and worried. But my question is, what about a nursing union to solve our problems? I know there are pros and cons, but as of now, a lot of us are absolutely miserable.
Our overtime was cut about 2 months ago. Even staying late on the clock is a huge deal in which we have to write a statement on the reason why we stayed late on the clock to be submitted to out manager. Also, walking into work, is stressful enough. I cannot remember the last shift i worked where we were fully staffed. Having as much as 8 patients a piece with no aide. (Mind you, being on a palliative care side, most of these patients are total care patients..)
I come home from work absolutely exhausted and hurting because of the physical demands of cleaning up patients and turning patients... And that is not including all the "core-measures" and endless paperwork that I understand is necessary to my job.
I'm just exhausted and fed up with the huge work load.. Your thoughts please!?