Well, Gwen, I discussed this very thing with my DON... the thing is, we really, really LOVE our DON. She has always been so supportive and is always there on the floor with us helping us with our work, AND somehow managing to get hers done as well.. ad God knows they abuse her ! The last thing we want is to stick her with the extra now. That's our dilemma. She's the one who would end up having to do it. She DID say she will be writing a letter to corporate regarding this, and we should as well. She also is willing to take the risk of "disciplinary action" along with us by not attending the next inservice planned in a few weeks. Even our regional mgr. agrees that this is pushing the envelope, but I don't know how much of an advocate she will be on our behalf.. we'll soon find out. She's still new to her job.. she might not want to risk losing it.
At least I seem to have made some progress by drumming this into everyone's head... I seriously doubt that anyone would have done any more than cry in their beer and bend over and take it as usual. Folks here just aren't used to doing the "risky" thing. I do believe that if our DON follows through with the "mutiny" idea, the rest will also.. they'll be looking to her, not me. She does agree that nurses are being handed the short end of the stick, and she does NOT like it... I think it may have just taken someone to encourage her that we really DON'T have to take it, and that there really IS someone who will say "enuff is enuff"! (me, of course... that "northern attitude" heh, heh...) and that ignited a spark in her to put her voice into action. When SHE does, the rest will follow.
So... I'll certainly be writing MY letter and yes, Ratched, I'm trying hard here to formulate a "tactful" letter which will state how I feel without being ugly or rude. It'll take a few days to have it down and to do some editing, but I can surely write a good one when I put my mind to it !
So we'll see how it goes from here... thanx for all your support, Guys !