How to respond to mgmt combining 2 high-acuity psych units in order to cut staff - page 2
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Hi there. I realize understaffing is nothing new for nurses, but this issue has become increasingly worse on my unit recently and I am fighting for safe(r) staffing, but it looks like that's not going to happen as long as it... Read More
- 1Sep 26, '12 by AtivanIMJust a note of empathy...
At our acute facility on nights we have one nurse and 2 MHT's for 22 patients. We have no secretary or admissions department and literally take the patients right off the stretchers from the ambulance. On the unit we have both acute psych and detoxers. The staffing in my facility and others is almost impossible and downright scary!!!
- 0Nov 7, '12 by sleepdeprived1I am having many of the same issues where I work (psych hospital). Gero's are mixed in with detoxers and mental health patients. Also I am ALWAYS the only nurse on at night with mostly one (sometimes two) psych techs(cna's). Census ranges from about 10 to 20 patients a time (census has been running higher for some time now with EVERY bed attempting to be filled and no roommate orders are frowned upon. The company's motto seems to be: let's admit/cram in as many patients as we possibly can who cares what their issues are they can have a roommate. It gets rough when have admisssions, and agitated patients with no adequate staff to handle code situations. Also when census gets high patients get agitated/there are more behavioural issues as patients feel needs arent attended to .But mgmt doesnt care, if they could get away with it they would probably admit everyone.