Our coordinator last night kept sending every non-critical case from the ER to our floor (Med-Surg), until we were out of beds (we have 35 on our unit). Every nurse had 8 pts, except for the poor charge nurse who had 9. WE wound up being short a nurse because that SAME coordinator called her off when we had only 24 pts. Then less than 2 1/2 hours we're a full floor!!! Meanwhile other floors had 24-28 pts!!! And the nurse/pt. ratio 4-1. The coordinator's reason? "Oh i like the way you all do your job compared to the other floors". So pile the work on them double time. GREAT idea.
Jul 26, '03
Nope because she knew you guys would double your ratio without complaint. Plus help the budget to boot.
Don't blame the coordinator, blame yourselves. Taking nine patients with a 4:1 ratio is insane. Stop the insanity.
As the wise one sjoe says:
"We will get exactly as much crap as we will take."
Edited to add: Don't mean to sound too harsh. I definately feel your pain. I work on a floor like that. We take admissions very quietly, without complaint. And we take anything. We are always asked to go above and beyond. But the good thing is, when I'm in charge at least, when we can't do anymore, I say "stop" and they listen.
Last edit by Tweety on Jul 26, '03