Need Advice ASAP! - page 2
I have been offered a RN charge nurse position at a LTC facility. The "unit" I'd be working has thirty-plus residents. I will be on the 7p-7a shift. I asked the ADON about staffing. ... Read More
Aug 12, '03and keep running! The staffing ratio is the worst I have ever heard. The only thing to gain from a job like that is STRESS and HEARTACHE!
Aug 12, '03Truthfully, sounds totally normal for my part of the world. Last LTC job I had was on an ICF floor, me by myself all day long. Three aides on days, one on seconds and nights. For thirty nine patients.
Aug 12, '03I don't think I have to worry about losing my license. I can't find a job where I NEED a nursing license; because they're all like THIS one, where you can't even take care of the people!
McDonald's is always hiring, LOL.
Aug 12, '03I wonder if a bit of publicity would change their minds about staffing ratios? Does the public know how badly the staffing is?
Perhaps you could get an investigative reporter to do a story on it, leaving your name out. I think the families of the residents have a right to know about the facility.
Aug 12, '03I talked to the ADON today and told her I had decided not to take the position as it sounded like unsafe staffing.
She said "not really", and said "we use LIFTS, we don't use our backs, and we don't have any residents that require two people to get them up."
Then what are they doing in a nursing home?
Not to mention......you still need TWO PEOPLE to properly use a lift.
didn't just fall off the turnip truck
Aug 12, '03Good for you, Shezam.......I'd rather work at Mickey D's myself than jeopardize my safety (not to mention that of the residents!) in such a fashion. That ADON should be ashamed to call herself a nurse, if these appalling conditions are acceptable to her. I think a little phone call to the ombudsman and the state would be in order here as well......my God, what is this country coming to when our government allows frail elderly people to live in a hell-hole like this, and pay thousands of dollars a month for the privilege??!!:angryfire
Aug 13, '03Good question!
The good news is, the day after I turned the job down, I found another job closer to home that will be less stressful and they are better staffed!
Aug 13, '03CONGRATULATIONS!! They say all good things come to those who wait.....
Best of luck to you, Shezam!