Quote from luckylucyrn
NurseDiva76- I work there now and it's pretty much the same. However, we have a new manager, and although there ha ve been rough patches, there have been some improvements. They have increased our FTEs, there are more nurses per shift so a smaller patient load (still busy though), and right now we have "critical need" shifts where if you sign up you get paid extra. When did you leave? I may have been there when you were there.
I will be fair, and I have heard that it's better now.. I will also say that I was overwhelmed PERIOD when I started there, I was in the middle of a move, had some serious illness in the family, and Baptist was by far the largest place I'd ever worked...it took some getting used to. I probably didn't give it a fair chance. If the place would go to self-scheduling, I would apply there in a heartbeat.
Right now, I think that anywhere in Memphis is a crapshoot as far as where to work in the ED. We're all understaffed, we're all having higher patient volume than EVER, and generally morale is quite low across the city. The only truly satisfied nurse friend I have right now is working at LeBonheur, and she is not an ER nurse!
It seems to go through cycles. Right now, where I work, we have hired several new nurses and have several new grads about to come off orientation, but that in itself presents a whole new set of problems. They're mostly on one shift, and it's absolute chaos. Our docs are NOT happy, our patients are not happy, and it's really stressful. Add the normal amount of craziness that comes with being an ER nurse during high census season, and I'm about to tear my hair out!
I just keep smiling, keep working as hard as I can, as fast as I can, for as long as I can, and that's all I can do!