It's happening in lots of places, I think. We're going through the same thing where I work, and morale has plunged into the proverbial toilet. We recently stopped staffing by acuity and went to a matrix that does NOT take into account the difficulty some patients present......we all get pretty much the same number of patients, regardless of their status. Then they've cut CNAs to the bone........we often have only one, or two max, no matter how many post-ops or heavy patients there are on the floor. I'm on days, thank God, when there's more staff, but yesterday I had 3 fresh post-ops (and their frequent VS, orders etc.) plus a direct admit and a couple of discharges, PLUS I was covering orders for the LPN's four patients.
So, needless to say, there's a lot of grumbling, and a number of nurses are threatening to quit or have already turned in their two-week notices. It's hard to stay positive in the middle of all this, although I'm doing my best because at some point it will HAVE to change........patient care has already suffered big time, and our image in the community has gone from 'not too bad' to 'awful'. Forget back rubs and baths......patients are lucky if we can bring them an extra blanket and get their meds passed on time! :angryfire
Actually, I think it's going to take a couple of high-profile lawsuits, like if some VIP dies due to lack of nursing care, to make TPTB wake up and smell the proverbial coffee......until then, they'll keep ignoring the impending crisis right under their noses, and nurses---not to mention PATIENTS---will continue to suffer.
It sucks. But I'm going to hang in there, because I think a backlash is coming and I want to be there when it does......it's just GOT to get better, because there's really nowhere to go but up.
Of course, I could be fooling myself, for sometimes I feel like a robin with one end of a 10-foot earthworm in its beak......a little nibble keeps me trying.