Hi. I have some questions for everyone including unit managers, nsg supervisors etc...
How many of my fellow agency nurses have been put in the role of charge nurse, even when it means that you are in charge over regular staff RN's? Do you feel that you are treated the same as any other regular staff RN?
I need advice on this, here's why: I come into work and find I am put in charge. I see that my staffing for the day is just a joke, while another similar unit's staffing, for several less pt's than mine is what I would consider, "safe". This other unit is expecting massive dismissals, and mine is not expecting any.
And for staff co-ordinators, unit managers, nursing supervisors, when the staffing is set out, does the fact that agency is being used come into play and mean that it's OK to short staff a unit? Be honest. Even if it means that the regular hospital staff working under the agency nurse gets screwed too? And how about the pt's? Does their safety count?
And you regular hospital staff, how do you feel when agency is cancelled and you work short despite knowing that agency was cancelled that day?
I am dying to have these questions answered. While I maintain the position that I will never work as a staff nurse again, I am seeing things that make me sick, and I guess I want someone to rip off my blinders here. If I was a regular staff nurse again, it'd still anger me to work short and unsafely just to save the hospital a few bucks for cancelling an agency nurse that day.