Could someone give some feedback on a very troubling trend in my old unit. I recently saw a friend from the old unit I had worked in forever (a MD). I was told by this doctor, that the hospital (which was always understaffed before), has lost ALL of the experienced RN's. The reason? Nursing management has not supported the nurses in an ongoing battle with an abusive "specialist". This doctor is verbally attacking the staff, making harrassing remarks and generally making like a living hell. Since he brings in mega bucks to the hospital, he is allowed to have his way with the nurses and one by one they are leaving. This is a high risk unit. The other doctors have been told by the hospital to get over it. I am very concerned about patient care. This could be a serious problem for the new nurses (can you say lawsuit), but also patients are going to be at serious risk here. What do you all think about this? If the other doctors feel their hands are tied, is there an answer? I know this is compliments of decades of socialized medicine influence and we saw this coming, but WHAT can we do? There were times the dirty word (union) was whispered and little threats were insinuated (sp)? toward anyone who dared bring it up. Could that be an answer? In the meantime, I pray nothing bad happens. It was very hard to keep my head above water with all my years of experience, so an average day, 15 high risk pts, each RN with at least 2 pts, will be impossible for the inexperinced nurse!!! Any ideas???