Unsafe Staffing - page 2

by **LaurelRN

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i posted this in icu nursing too....i will apologize now for the lengthy post- i want everyone to have a very clear picture of the situation. i guess this is really just a vent or maybe profound disappointment on my part. i know... Read More


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    What's ironic, if you complain to the DON, she will whip out a staffing matrix and prove to you that you were fully staffed (and safely staffed, so suck it up and deal!)
    Sounds like the House sup and everyone else is afraid of losing their jobs. I can't tell you what to do. I can relate to the buy out and sudden changes. I had a wonderful job, it was really busy but then there'd be a little decrease in census so we'd have time to catch our breath and regroup, when it was bought out and combined with another hospital, there was only busy...and then to the point of stretched thin, then thinner, then dangerous...but according to the staffing matrix, everything was just peachy!
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    Get out.

    Negotiate at least a week off for yourself before starting your new job. You can't keep this up and not lose part of yourself in it.
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    Before you jump the gun and go to another hospital, can you go up the chain of command and talk to someone above your supervisor? You sound like a smart nurse; this supervisor sounds like she is not capable of doing her job properly. Yes, your 50 yr old critical patient should have been a 1:1, and no, a patient who can come to ICU talking on her phone and on "room air" is NOT an ICU candidate. The sup should have known this. But one thing I have learned about quitting one job for another hospital, is that only the faces change. Staffing is usually just as bad at the new one. Have you written the supervisor up? I would work on this myself, before I quit my job.
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    Quote from nola 1202
    What's ironic, if you complain to the DON, she will whip out a staffing matrix and prove to you that you were fully staffed (and safely staffed, so suck it up and deal!)
    Sounds like the House sup and everyone else is afraid of losing their jobs. I can't tell you what to do. I can relate to the buy out and sudden changes. I had a wonderful job, it was really busy but then there'd be a little decrease in census so we'd have time to catch our breath and regroup, when it was bought out and combined with another hospital, there was only busy...and then to the point of stretched thin, then thinner, then dangerous...but according to the staffing matrix, everything was just peachy!
    Totally agree. This "Hospital Corporation" has set you up to be the perfect fall guy when something horrible happens.

    I went through a similar situation when my old hospital was bought out by HCA. HCA then merged 2 hospitals and put the nurses in impossible situations...DAILY! When mistakes were investigated it was no problem for HCA to blame all errors on the nurses. When the stuff hits the fan the hospital holds all the cards and owns all records so you can't prove you weren't at fault. OP you know you have to leave.
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    CRYING is my sign of the END GAME. When I finally get pushed to crying - a change is gonna come.

    You know what you need to do - you deserve better. Go get it.

    Congrats on the CCRN - now get out there and finds someone who will value you for all that you bring to the "table". I would love to have someone with your experience and work ethic on my team.

    Good LUCK!

    You can do it!

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    Thanks for all your support..I really know what I need to do...I guess I just really don't want to feel I'm being disloyal. I spent the better part of today looking for a job...


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