I'm so upset but don't know what else I can do. When hired 4 months ago,my manager guaranteed(swore up and down etc)that I would have 4 to 5 max pts.I work a telemetry floor that still handles line pulls and vasoactive drips.I asked her specifically,because high pt:staff ratios was a major issue for me(and all of us).Well,let me tell you, in 4 months I have only ONCE had 6 patients.The rest of the time it was 7 to 9 on nights,6-7 on days.This is disgusting but the nurses refuse to unionize, and accept this.They just take it and grumble about it.If they all quit or threatened,believe me they'd find nurses fast!I can't do it anymore.I worked hard for my license and I just cannot give the care to the patients.We don't have monitor techs,carry beepers(that alarm constantly when a pt moves) and carry phones.How can we give care this way.I went in for an interview at a hospital 1 minute from my house who practically drooled on me.They showed me their staffing logs and they actually had pretty decent staffing.Generally 4 pts apiece. I am now driving 45 minutes one way to work,$50 a week gas prices, and literally FORGOT my phone # yesturday.Scared the heck out of myself.Is this story familiar? I feel some obligation to the hospital for training me,but then, do they feel any obligation to me? No,I don't believe they do.
Sorry to go on. Any thoughts?