Back in 2000, a small hospital (hospital "x") in our area was having severe problems due to extremely abusive management and poor financial decisions, ultimately leading to bankruptcy. Two-thirds of the nursing staff left this institution--all you could hear was the thunderous roar of feet. There was so much bitterness that spilled over into the media and the whole surrounding community became incensed about the goings-on at the hospital. Many of the nurses and staff went to hospital "y." Hospital "x" nearly didn't survive. Thankfully, due to a big management change, 3 years later hospital "x" is flourishing. Now, hospital "y" is having severe financial and management problems. Several nursing department managers have been fired in the shake-up (the old "doctor doesn't like the job the nurse manager is doing" argument). The hospital is losing money due to poor financial decisions (news is plastered on the front page of the newspaper) and, of course, nursing staff is targeted since "nurses are the biggest financial expense." (Employee pension funds have not been funded, pay is very poor, and raises are nonexistent. Why is it that nursing staff always has to "pay" for poor financial decisions made by the facility?
) Now, nursing staff is leaving this facility in DROVES and going back to hospital "x." It's sad to see this going on and realizing how powerless nurses are in these management power games. All we can do is answer with our feet. Loyalty to one institution just doesn't exist anymore
Aug 8, '03
"Why is it that nursing staff always has to "pay" for poor financial decisions made by the facility?"
Simply because we will. We don't organize and truly kick any butt but try to "make things work out somehow" instead. Of course we get this kind of treatment.
Last edit by sjoe on Aug 8, '03