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My birthing unit is suddenly closing. There are 75 nurses on my unit and most of us found out by reading the paper :angryfire . Actually my sister called me from work (she works at same hospital,... Read More

  1. by   dazzle256
    Quote from jrring1019
    My birthing unit is suddenly closing. There are 75 nurses on my unit and most of us found out by reading the paper :angryfire . Actually my sister called me from work (she works at same hospital, different unit) and told me. No advance notice, not one member of management called anyone to tell them. There were several meetings the next 2 days to discuss our options... there was very little info and a whole lot of fluff. "we are so sorry how everyone found out>>>> blah, blah , blah." The hospital is going to open a bariatric surgical service on our unit and we were told we would be "shining stars" if we stayed on and worked there :angryfire !! I am on the fence as to what to do. There are plenty of other floors to work on, maybe ICU or ER? All of the regional affiliated hospitals have a few OB jobs, and with seniority I might get one. In the meeting they talked and talked about incentives and severance packages. OK, what are the incentives? "we don't have any numbers." Followed by "come next week and tell us what you want to do" Well, how can we know without all of the info. Also to go to a regional hospital ( and stick with OB) we take a pay cut. Funny thing, they just opened a NICU a couple of years ago, spent millions I am sure. The hospital swears that it is staying open and they will transfer sick babies in. We were level 3. When asked about separating moms, they said that they would tranfer moms also!?! Can you imagine being PP mom sharing a room with bariatric patient?
    I am really thinking about ICU or ER. Any of you with experience there? Do you think it would be a difficult transition?
    I work at a MICU and have 2 nurses that were formerly OB nurses. Both have adapted well and doing good.

    Good Luck to you what ever you choose. I'm a true believer that things happen for a reason.
  2. by   Mermaid4
    I have had this sort of quick thing happen in a case where the hospital was thinking about ( and actually working on) a merger. We had no idea...Good idea to check out the contract since probably with the way things were done they won't go out of their way to let you know what benefits you are in for if they have violated your contracts in any fashion...Best of luck to you...
  3. by   blondebritbrat
    My post didn't go through so sorry if I double post! But I am a pre nursing student. I am about to start doing my preqs. But that hooey your hospital gave you about bariatic pts. being able to go home after 24 hours is just that, HOOEY! I have never heard of a bariatic patient going home after 24 hours. What are they thinking!?!? I haven't even started nursing and I know better than that! BTW does this sort of thing happen a lot, nurses reading the newspaper and finding out their hospital is closing or ?? That concerns me.
  4. by   happthearts
    BTW does this sort of thing happen a lot, nurses reading the newspaper and finding out their hospital is closing or ?? That concerns me.[/QUOTE]

    Happens all the time that's why its very important to get a copy of every thing you sign with the hospitial If your ever written up make sure you respond and write your side and get a copy as well .Incase the hospitial trys to use it against you later .Also get all a copy of your good reviews To take to other hospitial .

    I learned from a laywer get all good documentation .All bad documentation on you make sure you respond to the bad .Say if you don't aggree with there feelings and keep a copy of your contract with the hospital .When we closed our hospitial I was the only one with a copy of my contract and I was able to use it to my advantage for everyone.
  5. by   salina
    Quote from jrring1019
    My birthing unit is suddenly closing. There are 75 nurses on my unit and most of us found out by reading the paper :angryfire . Actually my sister called me from work (she works at same hospital, different unit) and told me. No advance notice, not one member of management called anyone to tell them. There were several meetings the next 2 days to discuss our options... there was very little info and a whole lot of fluff. "we are so sorry how everyone found out>>>> blah, blah , blah." The hospital is going to open a bariatric surgical service on our unit and we were told we would be "shining stars" if we stayed on and worked there :angryfire !! I am on the fence as to what to do. There are plenty of other floors to work on, maybe ICU or ER? All of the regional affiliated hospitals have a few OB jobs, and with seniority I might get one. In the meeting they talked and talked about incentives and severance packages. OK, what are the incentives? "we don't have any numbers." Followed by "come next week and tell us what you want to do" Well, how can we know without all of the info. Also to go to a regional hospital ( and stick with OB) we take a pay cut. Funny thing, they just opened a NICU a couple of years ago, spent millions I am sure. The hospital swears that it is staying open and they will transfer sick babies in. We were level 3. When asked about separating moms, they said that they would tranfer moms also!?! Can you imagine being PP mom sharing a room with bariatric patient?
    I am really thinking about ICU or ER. Any of you with experience there? Do you think it would be a difficult transition?

    Maybe you should stay and work on the unit. It would be a neat to learn something new. I'm sure your coworkers would love for you to stay. You would be able to work weekends like you do now.
  6. by   BKRN
    You must be at a certain hospital in Louisville KY!!!!?



    Quote from jrring1019
    I know they are not the same, but I am thinking of a change. I just can't imagine working on a med/surg floor again! I give those nurses lots of credit, I just have it in me anymore.
    Funny thing.. last year I met one of the nurses at the hospital I can transfer to (and stay in OB). I told her where I worked and she said. "Yuck, you guys get icky patients there." These nurses are used to suburban families and they are going to be SHOCKED when our "ICKY" pts start arriving! 1000 of our patients who would have delivered at the main campus (the hospital that closed the unit) are expected to go there!! So I really am worried about working with people like that! I don't share their attitudes about "icky" pts!
  7. by   salina
    Quote from bklpn
    You must be at a certain hospital in Louisville KY!!!!?
    I am from Ohio.
  8. by   happthearts
    Quote from ERNurse752
    I am shocked that anyone could possibly think the bariatric surgery pts are going to go home in 24 hours. What kind of crack are they smoking????

    I have a friend who works PACU in a hospital who started doing bariatric surgeries about a year ago. They didn't invest in any of the special equipment to start out...aaaaaaaaand they never have any ICU beds b/c the bariatric pts take them all up for the first 24 hours post-op as a standard at that hospital, then many stay longer after that on the vent or with other complications.

    So even if you went to ICU at the same facility, guess who you'd end up taking care of? Sounds like their ideas about NICU are pretty out there too.

    Run, don't walk, somewhere else!
    Hey I loved the what kind of crack they smoking about died laughing :lol_hitti :lol_hitti
    I have to agree on this one My SIL and GF had this done and both could not hardly move yet they sent them home with a pump for pain and told them to change there bandages Both got infected wounds and were back in the hospitial with in 72 hrs.
  9. by   ERNurse752
    Quote from happthearts
    Hey I loved the what kind of crack they smoking about died laughing :lol_hitti :lol_hitti
    I have to agree on this one My SIL and GF had this done and both could not hardly move yet they sent them home with a pump for pain and told them to change there bandages Both got infected wounds and were back in the hospitial with in 72 hrs.

    Hehe, I aim to please.

    Sorry to hear about your SIL and GF, that sucks. Hope they got better without any more complications. Just another drive-thru surgery for hospitals!

    Ironically, a family friend just had this surgery done. This hospital has a specific Bariatric PCU, and everything is specialized for the gastric bypass patient. It's really nice. He had surgery Tues, and he's still there. Shocking, I know! He should hopefully go home tomorrow.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Well the "shining stars" will have their hands full caring for Bariatric surgery patients....won't they.
  11. by   efy2178
    [QUOTE=jrring1019]My birthing unit is suddenly closing. There are 75 nurses on my unit and most of us found out by reading the paper :angryfire . Actually my sister called me from work (she works at same hospital, different unit) and told me. No advance notice, not one member of management called anyone to tell them. [QUOTE=jrring1019]
    This happens and you are still considering working there? If it happens in this unit why would you not think it would not happen in the hospital's other units? Why put up with it.
    A couple of years ago I complained to my director about a number of issues (long working hours, no time and 1/2 for overtime, etc.) it got me fired but it also forced me to get my dream job! There are good jobs out there you just can't settle for the lousy treatment present in so many jobs. Apathy does not get you a good job. (being fired, by the way, is not necessarily the best motivator but it can work)
    You need a union in your work place. Talk to someone at SEIU or the ANA's union (they are not affiliated with ANA anymore but ANA started them--can't remember the name).
    Good luck and DONT SETTLE FOR CRAPPY TREATMENT> You're better than that.
  12. by   elish954
    [QUOTE=rnmi2004]One of the top hospitals for what? It seems like those lists are a dime a dozen these days. My theory is that random hospitals from around the country form associations & pay magazines to include them in "Top Hospital" articles. :chuckle

    Both so-called Magnet hospitals I know of in Ohio are a joke. The nurses are so overworked, many are leaving the facilities. They are totally burned out, and for the ones who are staying, they need the paycheck/and or benefits, to be sure. The turnover rate is unbelievable. Staffing is frightening, to say the least, and getting worse.
    Just another example of corporations out for the almighty buck. Forget about safe patient care. That is always my main objective. If I cannot give that much, I will not practice nursing.
    I had an uncle die 2 weeks ago due to neglect. I am not someone who believes in suing, but I did try to talk the family into suing the facility. The only way things will change is when it hits these so called, health care facilities, now owned by corporations, where it really hurts. That being with multi-million dollar lawsuits. When the pockets get drained, this just might change things. :angryfire
    Nough said.
  13. by   chip193
    Run as fast and as far away as you can from that hospital! To find out that you're out of a job in the newspaper is unethical and immoral.

    Unless you really need to work in that place, tell them to place the "Shining Star" where the sun doesn't shine!

    Chip

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