Quote from jasonn
Thanks for the reply, and you soon learn that administration does not care about your license or patients. Sorry to sound so negative, but you'll see what i mean soon enough...
The unfortunate thing is often administration does not really see your value until you are gone. No change will ever happen until one of two things (1) someone is serously harmed and is able to bring it to the public's attention(not just sue) or (2) enough staff leave that the physicians began to quit or threaten to quit. I have never witnesses serious and lasting change in any area until one of those two things occurred. As long as you and other experienced staff remain, you allow the area to continue to function and no change occurs until it literally shuts down.
I worked (breifly) as a prn nurse on a pediatrics unit that was part of an adult hospital. The unit was being staffed by one nurse all the time. No unit clerk to answer phones, no nursing assistant. The 3-11 and 11-7 shifts were being staffed by prn and adult float nurses. It was not until the admiiting pediatricians refused to admit patients to this hospital that administration suddenly decided maybe we should start staffing the unit correctly and with pediatric nurses.
However, I would caution you about quitting without 2 weeks notice. In the Dallas - Fort Worth area, many hospitals utilize a background "consumer reporting" agency known as Group One. On the report not only is your last employer listed but they will also list if you were fired and why as well as whether you gave notice. Nursing staff in this area are often unaware of Group One existence until they have a job offer rescinded once the hiring facility receives the report. Typically, after an offer is made, the hiring facility will ask you to sign a release for a "consumer report", most indivuals believe it is a credit report but it is a background check. The second reason is you never know when you will need a recommendation or return to a previous job. It makes no sense to "burn bridges" when clearly it is not neccesary.