Quote from q12RN
Our hospital is wanting to cut our staffing to 2 RN's when there are no pts on the unit, just to save money
. We are LDR not LDRP. Our babies room in with moms. Our delivery rooms are separate from the rest of the unit so when there's a delivery there are 2 RN's tied up for a long time. So, our beef is what if's? How does you hospital staff for ratios and when you have no pts? All it takes is one bad "couple" come through the doors and BOOM! Both are busy and if another comes in who takes care of them? I think we should staff with at least 3. Why not avoid a lawsuit. Sure it costs to pay another RN, but a lawsuit is more costly. Not to mention what about someones baby, you can't bring a baby back. Im scared for the future of nursing esp in OB.
If you have union representation, I would write a letter to the editor in the local paper. A rally in a park that has alot of exposure, would also be a good ideal. And don't forget to invite the reporters from your newspaper, and the local TV news crew.
Newspaper editor "in bed" with hospital administration, call Jack Cafferty from CNN. Its time that nurses stand tall with teachers, who learned a long time ago, that they serve the kids that they teach, not the local school board. They also learned a long time ago to take their complaints about overcrowded classrooms right to mom and dad. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
And just make sure that you keep track of EVERYTHING, so if you get fired, you can sue the pants off of the hospital, and win. Take a lesson from inglein, (I am not sure that I spelled her name right), who just won big from a big named hospital on the east coast. Go to the activism forum, and read her letter about it. It is a victory for every nurse who has had to endure harrassment for being a patient advocate.
And don't forget to mention the risk to innnocent babies that the HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATION, IN ALL OF THEIR GREED, IS DOING TO THESE BABIES. ALL FOR THE SAKE OF SAVING A FEW BUCKS. LET IT BE KNOWN TO THE PUBLIC, THAT HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATION IS NOT CUTTING ANY OF THEIR STAFF, OR PERKS, BUT ARE MORE THAT WILLING TO RISK THE LIVES OF BABIES AND MOTHERS TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR BOTTOM LINE BY CUTTING THE NURSING STAFF!!!
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN