I thought that part of a DON's job was to be the support system for all the nurses. But maybe I was wrong?? 3 different times in Dec. I went to my DON to let her know that there was no other nurse scheduled to work the afternoon shift with me. Not once did she do anything about it --- and each time I gave her several days notice. The last time she said to me "well, it's New Year's Eve and no will want to come in". So she didn't even bother to try! I took it upon myself then and called and the first person I called came in to work!! Now this past week there was no one scheduled to work on Friday for the 3-11 shift at all. Another nurse called it to her attention almost 2 weeks ago and nothing was ever done and on Friday the day shift nurse was left scrambling to call someone in. The day shift nurse approached the the Staff Develop. Coordinator and she told the nurse "I don't have time, you deal with it."
Part of the problem is our DON is going through Chemo for breast cancer right now and so she doesn't feel well -- and understandable so. But it's very frustrating to the nurses that she won't take a leave of absence until she's well. She can't handle the stress of the cancer and the job -- but she can't see it. She's doing things like telling us to put someone's bed rails down, when family has requested and signed the consent to have them up. She also took a gentleman's bedside meds away from him -- which he has a doctor's order to have at bedside. So far the administrator has stood up for her --- but that's because only certain ones are bold enough to actually complain! The others would rather just grumble about things, but not actually take action to try to fix the problem.
Any suggestions anyone????