This is an outrage! I'm so mad I can't even think straight.... Nurses are the backbone, the muscles, the very heart of a hospital and yet, consistently, they are the first ones shortchanged when it comes to help. When are hospitals going to stop crippling their quality of care and the healthcare SYSTEM by crippling their nurses?!?
Where was the supervisor when she/he was told to cut your staff back to eight? When are the ex-floor nurses working for the higher-ups (who most likely went higher up because of the working conditions!) going to stand up for their nurses?
Maybe I'm way off base here but I'm beginning to believe that going agency is the answer. If every nurse went agency every nurse could be under a contract that protected them, allowed them to work in the same exact unit they're in now, and paid them what they were worth.
This goes way beyond a question of respect... this is a matter of survival. Our patients survival, our very health and well-being, and the survival of nursing as a profession.
Look at the numbers. Look at the projections. Nursing is in big trouble. There's been enough talk. It's going to take sheer anarchy to get this fixed.