You need to notify the director, annonously if you like, but that way, you give her the opportunity to address the situation. No action taken? Contact OSHA, and the trauma certification agencies---there ARE staffing requirements to be maintained. They've done it to my unit before, and a coworker said mgt will back you if anything happens. WHAT? Who the heck wants anything to happen to a patient, let alone staff! Working these units is tough, and risky at times, depending on the patients, etc. You should be one of the most valued staff members to the hospital, and it should be made OBVIOUS by them, because if none of you showed up for work tomorrow--WHO would do your job? The med-surg nurses? No. The ob nurses? No. The step-downs? Mmm, they might be able to, depending on acutity and knowledge, but for SOME reason, it seems to be more common that the more irreplaceable the nurses, the LESS they are valued and taken for granted. Pulling nursing staff period, is not a good idea. It decreases morale, increases stress, and mistakes happen from being displaced and unfamiliar. Pulling SPECIALIZED NURSING STAFF, even to cover similar units is a no-no that WILL cost them dearly one day down the road when lack of staff (and state violations) causes injury or death-and all that money they saved screwing the nursing staff over, is LOST in settlement and lawsuits!! Don't stand for it.