Currently as a traveler at Lovelace Downtown. Here's what's happening.
Lovelace Gibson is closing as of 6/30 for sure. The building has been sold. Lovelace will maintain an Urgent Care Center there as well as many clinics.
Downtown has a new ER opening 4/23. Went from 14 beds to 34. The CVICU and cardiac floor will open sometime around 6/30. The new tele floor will open 6/10 and the ICU will go to 32 beds at the same time. We have a new NM as of 2/15. Used to be a staff RN. No comment.
Still a lot of politics going on but it's now wayyyyy above the level of a staff nurse...thank you, Lord. Ratios are not bad compared to Florida or some of the other places. ICU 2:1 and it usually doesn't take a fight to keep it that way. One note: They have techs in the ICU to do CBG, etc. Sometimes the ratios get higher but it's because we have stepdown patients with no where to move. Stepdown ratio is 4:1. Only once in a year have I seen it go to 5:1 and that was only for one nurse....and she got time and a half bonus for doing it. Of course there's problems...what hospital DOESN'T have them??? Floor/tele ratio is usually 6:1 on nights. Is it perfect? Not hardly. The HR department and supply management have a terribly long way to go, there's construction everywhere and occasionally my night shift charge is a $%^&**. The lab is horrible and about as supportive as my ex. Housing is expensive and day shift traffic sucks...especially on I40. But for the most part, the docs listen, the patients get good care and I am free to practice good nursing.