I don't know which situation to be more concerned about...

  1. 1 Being laid off, or NOT being laid off.

    They're trying to work skeleton crews. Not filling positions. Now the talk is cutting the support staff. Please oh please oh please mr CEO don't take my nursing assistant away. I can barely take care of the nine acutely ill patients I have WITH her!

    I really honestly am afraid for the direction this is going to take. I don't know which is going to be worse - to be given the boot, or to be left behind after many others are gone. How am I going to do any more than I do? I'm already not getting a break on a shift, not able to truly do my job well. It's getting scary. And no place is hiring.

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  3. Visit  LilyBlue} profile page

    About LilyBlue

    LilyBlue has '10' year(s) of experience. 38 Years Old; Joined Feb '09; Posts: 292; Likes: 703.

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  4. Visit  Scrubby} profile page
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    Quote from LilyBlue
    Being laid off, or NOT being laid off.

    They're trying to work skeleton crews. Not filling positions. Now the talk is cutting the support staff. Please oh please oh please mr CEO don't take my nursing assistant away. I can barely take care of the nine acutely ill patients I have WITH her!

    I really honestly am afraid for the direction this is going to take. I don't know which is going to be worse - to be given the boot, or to be left behind after many others are gone. How am I going to do any more than I do? I'm already not getting a break on a shift, not able to truly do my job well. It's getting scary. And no place is hiring.

    Document, document, document.
    If your not given enough staff to perform your duties safely then write incident reports, refuse to take assignments etc. If you have no choice but to do your job then prioritise and do the most important things first and if some things aren't done...well then that's the fault of the HCF not yours. And most importantly.....did I mention you should document?????
    leslie :-D likes this.
  5. Visit  DeepFriedRN} profile page
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    I so know where you're coming from. Same thing happening at my hospital. I swear that TPTB are using the recession as an excuse to make cuts that aren't relevant to it. So wrong. Best of luck.
    JB2007, Valerie Salva, and Jules A like this.
  6. Visit  leslie :-D} profile page
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    even if you don't have the applicable forms to document on, create them on your own.
    i know that cna's typically have flow sheets, but it really is critical for you to prioritize your duties and document the amt of pts, care given and/or not given...
    ea and every shift you work understaffed.

    i'm with scrubby 100%.

    leslie
  7. Visit  Lorie P.} profile page
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    just do your best and document to cover your self and write incident reports. hang in there and realize that youare not super-nurse and take care of yourself.
  8. Visit  April, RN} profile page
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    LilyBlue,

    Your concerns are so valid. It's scary. It's sickening how many employers, not just hospitals, are taking advantage of their employees and using the economy as an excuse.
    JB2007, Valerie Salva, and Jules A like this.
  9. Visit  Jules A} profile page
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    Quote from kelliegrl
    I so know where you're coming from. Same thing happening at my hospital. I swear that TPTB are using the recession as an excuse to make cuts that aren't relevant to it. So wrong. Best of luck.

    I agree 100%! I know what our census is and has been so for them to all the sudden start cutting back on staff is just BS. I'm hanging in there because this isn't going to last forever, it can't. I just hope it doesn't take a tragedy to get them to lighten up on the unsafe staffing restrictions.
    JB2007 likes this.
  10. Visit  Neveranurseagain} profile page
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    Quote from earle58
    even if you don't have the applicable forms to document on, create them on your own.
    i know that cna's typically have flow sheets, but it really is critical for you to prioritize your duties and document the amt of pts, care given and/or not given...
    ea and every shift you work understaffed.

    i'm with scrubby 100%.

    leslie
    Someone posted a link to a nurses website that had forms for nurses to use when understaffed or refusing an assignment that where great! But I can't seem to find them. Anyone book mark the site?
  11. Visit  highlandlass1592} profile page
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  12. Visit  diane227} profile page
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    This is a horrible situation to be in. First of all, I can't believe that you have 9 patients. I am not sure what I would do. In these economic times you can't quit your job unless you to you already have one. Do you mind if I ask? What state are you in and what kind of hospital do you work at 1. private for profit 2. Private non for profit 3. Public hospital?
  13. Visit  caliotter3} profile page
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    The only advice I can offer is to document, do the best you can, look for a part time second job for backup, hang in there. Remember that each shift you survive is on a paycheck that you need to get by. Not many people can afford to be without work, so you probably don't have the luxury of being able to resign to avoid this. A part time second job can be a lifesaver should you get laid off.


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