One would think, in these times of severe nursing shortages, that administrative people would try not to piss off their existing, experienced staff. Makes sense to me, but then, I am not in administration. I work in a small, level 2 trauma er in a big metropolitan poor neighborhood. We have 10 beds. We have, in the past, had 2 rns, 24 hrs a day, with a middle rn working 11a to 11p, and a secretary from 12p - 8p. New CEO has chopped the middle shift to 12p-8p. The person that they put into this new position does not have a us rn license. (They found this out after she had been working as an rn inthe er for about 2 months, go figure
. She is now basically working as as intern, until she gets her license in jan. 02. She has already failed the exam once. To make a long whine short, we are getting killed. We get so busy in the late evenings, that we have to close to EMS traffic. We are supposed to triage within a cetain time period when a patient enters the door. We have had people leave after 2-3 hours who have not been triaged, because there is no one to do it. Last week, I was the only person (besides the doc) in the er, because the other rn had to accompany a vent. OD pt. to CT. What, if anything, can we do? We complain, but at a meeting yesterday, our mgr. said we should remember why we got into nursing in the first place. Well, it wasn't to run my a** off while trying to do everything myself (and keep my license). Any suggestions? Are other er's staffed this way? Why do nurses allow themselves to be worked to death? This can't go on much longer.
Nov 30, '01
Call your state health department and ask them to drop by. Doesn't sound like they are running a "real" trauma center and may not meet expectations in light of the changes.
Tell the newspapers, radio, and TV journalists. This may not work if they are receiving advertising money from your hospital, however.
Tell your customers to do the same. Don't ask them, tell them.
Remember: No one cares about healthcare until they are waiting for it. And NO ONE is getting adequate return on their insurance dollar. They also need to complain to their insurance companies.
Forget about your hospitals managers. They have another agenda.
Last edit by deathnurse on Nov 30, '01