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Rose_Queen has 15 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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There is talk at my facility of suspending elective surgeries. Our parent organization has already put a halt to certain types of surgery. What are you seeing?

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Rose_Queen has 15 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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As of 3pm today, we cancelled all elective surgeries for at least the next 2 weeks and after that to be determined if we will cancel more. 

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RosesrReder has 16 years experience as a RN and specializes in NICU/PICU/OR.

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Same and now we play the stay home on call game with no pay, unless  you have PTO banked.  Tough times.

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LoveThemSox has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in OR, Outpatient.

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Our system “says” they are canceling elective surgeries, but they are making excuses for surgeries that can’t wait more than a month. Basically allowing docs to argue in why they “need” to do elective cases now. It makes me so angry that they are not taking the warnings seriously, and that we are using resources on that when we should be conserving in preparation for more  Covid-19 patients. There are a handful in the state, but that is only going to rise since we do not have an effective quarantine and shutdown in this country. 

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they cancelled elective surgeries and I work in outpatient surgery. my per diem shifts have been cut. so far I've been floated to main OR. it's a huge hit on my income without per diem and overtime. 

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marcnor specializes in operating room.

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Hell yeah, cancelled electives for 3 weeks, 2/3 of staff laid off yesterday...but have to remain sorta/kinda on call................

 

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Amistad has 5 years experience.

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On 3/21/2020 at 6:29 PM, marcnor said:

Hell yeah, cancelled electives for 3 weeks, 2/3 of staff laid off yesterday...but have to remain sorta/kinda on call................

 

I’m in the same boat.  “On call” for urgent cases at home without pay.  I was advised to apply for unemployment.   Times are rough!  

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Silver_Rik has 1 years experience as a ASN and specializes in Perioperative intern.

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We've stopped elective surgeries (some exceptions can be made on a case by case basis).  We've cut back from 32 active operating rooms (plus reserved rooms for trauma cases) to 19, and I heard we only had 10 going today.  Our ambulatory surgery clinic is completely shutdown.

So far, at least, no layoffs.  There is talk of a three way rotation where only 1/3 of the scheduled periop staff will work on a shift but the other 2/3 will stay home and still get paid if they agree to be on call to come in if needed.  

For me and the other periop 101 interns, we have been pulled out of the OR to save on PPE.  They had already eliminated all student nurse observers, medical students, and even talk of cutting back on residents in the room.  We are working on our class modules and doing alternative assignments:  Covid19 assessments on hospital visitors (we are still allowing visitors.  Also a lot of PACU nurses are doing this now), taking children's temps at the employee daycare, cleaning and disinfecting, organizing supplies.  We've been asked to provide a list of alternative schedules we'd be willing to work for possible further reassignment.  

So far it seems they want to keep us and get us back into the OR ASAP, but I suspect that could be awhile.  

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Silver_Rik has 1 years experience as a ASN and specializes in Perioperative intern.

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Found out last night that we’ve gone to a no visitors policy effective at midnight 

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laurengvoss has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in OR.

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I’ve been “partially furloughed”. Basically they can’t give me hours in my OR. They are staffing by seniority. It just feels like I’m constantly on call because they may use me one day or they may not. 
 

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