Have you ever had that "bad feeling" in your gut about an upcoming event? Well, my facility has decided to "switch" 2 units. Alzheimer's to the 30 bed, formerly skilled unit, and the skilled unit to the 60 bed, formerly Alzheimer's unit. While I feel that our dementia pts will greatly benefit from a smaller, quieter unit, I can't help but wonder what kind of mess the "skilled" unit will become. They plan on having Medicare, GIP, regular hospice, and non-skilled pts on this unit. Eeek. At the moment, they are only planning on 2 nurses per shift to handle this load. While shooing away flies from my jaw agape, I couldn't help but wonder what the h*** were they thinking? At the moment the skilled unit has some pretty sick people on it who require quite a bit of care by themselves, never mind the other 40-50 people to take care of. Oh, I feel nauseous...Anyone else had experience with a situation like this? How did it work out? (Or not?) Any words of wisdom other than run for the hills? (I came up with that thought all by myself!
) Anyway, please let me know what you think. FYI: I'm on the skilled unit. (Naturally).