We used to have a nursing supervisor 24/7 in our tele/ ms-surg/ortho hospital. with company changes, the role was reduced to 1700-?0600. Now, with further reductions, the supervisor has to carry keys to the pharmacy after 2100; because pharmacy staff was cut off. The supervisor is called upon to go to pharmacy, and issue drugs "needed that night" ie: critical drugs that the patient can not go without until the morning when pharmacy staff returns. Our supervisor has been asked by ICU to make up epidural gtts! The latest scam is that the supervisor is being made to take an ICU assignment, be nursing supervisor (difficult iv starts, PR, extra food from kitchen, retrieving old charts from medical records, alleviating patient complaints, etc) , and also be the "pharmicist" Would YOU want to be his ICU patient in this hospital? I, for one, would not.! I want to know what other hospitals do with nursing supervisory people. This seems catamount to a disaster in the making.
"they never cease to amaze me!..." I should also include that the one GOOD supervisor that we had just quit, and the reason she gave was that the situation is unsafe...fell on deaf ears.... they only hear the ca-ching of $$$ anyway.