What a small world! Hi Missy!
Also work at Fairview; in the ICU/CCU. It's either the second smallest or THE smallest hospital in MA.
I like working here too. But it's going through some significant changes. We're re-locating the ICU/CCU to be near the med/surg floor. (Hello again, Missy!
:chuckle ) The jury is still out on whether or not this is a good move. On top of that, administration is keeping the ICU/CCU staffing down to ONE nurse per shift (used to be two). This is plagued with lots of challenges to put it mildly. The thinking is, though, that the med/surg nurses will be helping out the ICU/CCU nurses and visa versa (although I can't see how we can leave our patients, station and monitors.) I think the long range goal is to get back up to two ICU/CCU nurses per shift. But I believe that won't happen for a while. I sorely miss working with another ICU/CCU nurse. Our unit just lost another part-time nurse primarly because of this issue.
I love working in a small community hospital, though. It definately sharpens one's assessment and problem-solving skills. I used to work for a large teaching hospital in Albany, New York (Albany Medical Center). I learned a lot there. It's a great place for a new-grad nurse! But there is always that "safety blanket" of having tons of physians around as the "problem-solvers" (which sometimes caused more problems than solve them). Not at a small hospital like Fairview. We're it, baby! And I like that! Keeps me on my toes in many ways! My assessment skills have grown since working at Fairview, and I feel much more confident in my problem solving skills as well. On top of that, I know my strengths as well as my weaknesses; know the hospital's strenghts and its weaknesses; and know when to keep a patient, and know when to transfer them to that big 'ol teaching hospital with all the docs! I think I'll always work for those small, rural, community hospitals. I'm greatful to Fairview for providing such an experience.
Don't know if it's going to be around much longer, though. It's parent company is severly cuting back funds to this ever-shrinking hospital. Fairview is definately feeling the financial crunch that most hospitals are feeling. Recently, we've had some non-nursing lay-offs. Also, when a nurse did leave, that position was not posted to be filled.
Thankfully, one brilliant move made by this hospital's administration was to get that "Critical Care Access Facility" designation for Fairview. A brilliant move!! It will be all the more difficult to close this hospital because of this designation. Hope it works!
And like Missy said, we've been making money, lately! This is indeed welcomed news to our anxious souls. So maybe we will get those second ICU/CCU nurses for every shift!
P. S. Steph in Boston - Check out Noble Hospital in Westfield, MA! It also seems like a great community hospital to work for! If something ever happens to Fairview, I'd work at Noble.
Also, Steph, I LOVE Boston! Graduated from Berklee College of Music there oh so many years ago! Lived in Boston for 5 wonderful years!