I am very frustrated and angry and would like to know if any of you have experienced any or all of the following:
We just suffered a big blow to our ancillary staffing.
They cut 30 non- licensed positions at our hospital. Now get this reasoning...
they gave all of us licensed people a 5 percent raise and then within the next week pulled the rugs out from under all these EDTs, secretaries and aides! Of course no administrative jobs were cut.We had NO idea this was on the horizon.
First of all, I would gladly forego the raise to keep our hard working ancillary staff on board. We are a small community and ALL of these people are our friends.
Second of all, they gave us this raise with the suspected anticipation that they are going to raise our insurance out-of pocket pay in. Also, I am anticipating a forced .8 status to cut the amount of money they have to reserve in the vacation pool because of course even though your benefit package doesn't change persay, your actual accrual is smaller with .8 .
I feel so let down by this administration. Last year the ER and hospital was operating in the black and now we are in such a financial crisis! Someone should have been minding the books closer, I think.
I keep hearing from the supervisors and managers that at least they are not going to cut any nursing jobs
. But that's not good enough for me. Do they think we are stupid enough to not realize they have left us with a skeleton crew and now have actually dangerously increased our work load! We,like so many of you, have been already working short staffed.
This is the real kicker for me....three weeks ago we hired an ex-marine who came to the area from Texas because of family obligations. He got a job in our ER as an EDT and unit clerk. He had several other job offers but took this one because he was promised he could go to nursing school on the hospitals' ticket. He also liked the staff when he interviewed. We started with our usual orientation package and felt they finally hired someone that did a great job with the "RAVING FANS" philosophy they keep shoving down our throats. He was the first one cut.
Do they really expect us to believe they didn't see this coming for months and hired him anyway? He can't even qualify for unemployment because of his short employment here. He has gone back to the other places that were interested in him and now those positions are filled. He is screwed all around.Not to mention the fact he has a family...
We, the ER nurses, have drafted a letter to administration voicing our discontent but we know the die has been cast. We are also taking up a collection for Steve and his family. But it's only a quick fix.
I have never felt so helpless and angry. I also feel no loyalty to this hospital who have been so disloyal to us.
Certainly there is a need to keep this hospital open as we are the only game in town for miles but at who's expense?
Thanks ahead of time for letting me vent.