Fellow rural hospital nurse here! Decided to take on the role of the moderator to this forum. Did so because . . . heck. . . why not!?!
I work for a small, rural community hospital. I'm an ICU/CCU nurse here. Total beds for this hospital. . . oh it just keeps on getting smaller. . . . around 28 beds, now. The ICU/CCU has 5 beds. We're lucky if there's 3 patients admitted at a time. Just the other day we had FIVE patients! We were so excited! :chuckle
I love working here. One sure has to be flexible to work in such a small hospital. Just the other day, I started out on the med/surg floor with a three patient assignment, was "floated" down to the E.R. because they got really busy (it's the hospital's busiest department), and ended the night (I work nights) doing a PACU!
Got to love it!
And I do. . . love it! The night crew is very close. All eight of us nurses who work nights (two in the ICU, two on Med/surg, two on maternity, one in the E.R and one supervisor!) help each other out all the time. On special occasions, we all bring in some food and we feast! We have fun whenever we can. . . and can get get quite silly sometimes!
Many times I wonder how such a small hospital as ours can keep open. But I plan on staying here until they lock the doors. And if the hospital closes, I might very well look for another position in another small, rural hospital like this one.
Please share your "Rural Nursing" stories. How big is YOUR hospital or health care facility?
Ted Fiebke - your new moderator.