In the last few months of a new CEO, we have had pharmacy hours reduced from 24/7 to 0600-2100, housekeeping has had a 10 person layoff (they pay so little it took 10 housekeepers to make it worthwhile), our cafeteria has cut operation hours, numerous staff have been "let go" including people who have been employed for more than 20 years in admitting, volumteer services, etc. We all, (of course) suspect that the CEO is making six figures, and will go on to greener pastures once he has cut us to the bare bones. He came from a Vanguard hospital, and did the exact same thing there, before coming to our hospital. So, rumors abound that we are cutting costs to get us ready for sale (4th time since I've been an employee since 1992). Of course, no one will admit that that is what they are doing. Our director of ED just resigned....told us it has become too unsafe, and she will no longer be the bottom line responsible for patient safety... If only the public knew what we know!!!!!
I am writing a letter to our local newspaper, hoping that they will follow up on what is going on. How would you like your mother to stay on our telemetry unit, knowing that the charge nurse is the monitor tech, unit secretary and has total patiient care for five patients????
My unit coordinator in the ER just asked me if I am planning to quit...everyone else is. I told her I have no plans...yet. I will not put myself in a position to endanger my license or someone's life! I am also writing to my State board of nursing: re: nursing supervisors dispensing meds from the pharmacy after the phaarmacy is closed. This is total BS., and nurses have put up with doing more and more with less and less for too long!!