When I started my job the morale was pretty good. Every place has its own set of problems and mine is no exception, but for the most part people seemed to enjoy working, lots of team player attitude, so on and so forth...Lately, the morale has taken a nosedive. Our volume is WAY up, every shift we're averaging 6-7 ESI 2/3 patients apiece. Last night I was holding an unstable 1:1 ICU pt and had 3 other patients who ended up staying 3 hours over their discharge time because I couldn't get to them. The hospital has been full and as a result we've been holding patients in the ER for 12-40 hours at a time, averaging about 5-7 holds a night. There is no money to hire more staff. Everyone is miserable, and we have 3 staff jumping ship right now. There's a limited amount we can change the situation, so how can we improve the morale?