Quote from trauma.not.drama
They say the hospital isn't making money and the "powers that be" have mandated a staff cut. I cannot understand cutting staff when the lobby is full of patients are there aren't enough nurses to care for them.
Anger isnt the right word for my feelings toward the team leader. I am more hurt and puzzled that a staff member with a stellar reputation, the only staff nurse with an emergency certification and nothing less than excellent reviews is being escorted off to another position while the MD's are complaining that the new nurses have lack of training and experience. I guess I just sad that after all my dedication and hard work, it seems that I am being dismissed without so much as a thought. I have so many areas of my life that I feel insecure in, but I have not once questioned my abilities as a nurse and now I feel like I am being discarded.
Could be my story. And it stinks. Here's the thing that I had to learn and quickly. Loyalty doesn't matter. Your performance as a nurse doesn't matter. What does matter is that they can get 2 of you for what they pay you, and between checking boxes and scripted communication, train them in the mold that they are looking for. The ER revolving door. And they are in fact seemingly "caring" by "helping" you find a new position.
When anyone applies within the same hospital system, news travels fast. Let your team leader write a stellar letter on your behalf. Let the team leader go to bat for you. Tell her YOU want to be a team leader in another facility.
Listen--you could be laid off, go on unemployment, have a busy team leader who doesn't have the time to write a letter for you and be stagnant for awhile. Or you could look at this as an opportunity for growth with your team leader's blessing.
If your plan was to leave anyway when the opportunity arose, now is the time, and the perfect circumstance. You KNOW you are a darn good nurse. Unfortunetely, that has little to do with the climate that nursing has become in some facilities.