Durham Regional Hospital should be ashamed!

U.S.A. North Carolina


During our entire Magnet run, they had fliers posted everywhere,

"Magnet, higher nursing satisfaction, better nurse to patient ratio's"

Well apparently their idea of better ratio's means giving us more patient's.

Our ratio just went from 4 TO 6 when giving chemo, this is on a medical/oncology unit.

We have busy medical patient's to care for also when giving chemo!

A 50% increase, and that's nursing satisfaction.

We have lost 2 of our best charge nurses and more are looking for another job.



Specializes in LTC, PCU, Med/Surg, Hospice, OBGYN.

I'm not surprised. Try a 1:7 nurse-patient ratio on a cardiac floor with nitro drips, cardizem drips, insulin drips, blood transfusions, and everything else. It seems to be the norm now and all because of money issues. I got fed up with it also and recently decided to leave and to do 1:1 nursing care in Hospice.

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Nursing Management.

Durham Regional in my opinion is an awful place for nurses. I worked there for 3 months until I got scared of losing my license due to some unsafe nursing practices I witnessed. The management was HORRID.

awful isn't the word Dukegirl

Dishonest, unprofessional, and zero integrity says it better for Durham Regional management

I just got out of there 3 months ago, from unit 5-1.

I left when as soon as I realized how to know when my nurse manager was lieing.

When her lips were moving!

I wouldn't recommend any nurse this hospital to work at.

Wow, I use to work on 5-1, 2003 - 2005, it was actually my first Job as a nurse. The only reason I left was b/c the the Unit Manager at the time was not willing to compromise for me to do only 1-2 nights of Charge nurse vs all 3 of my nights. The mediator couldnt believe my manager was not willing to give me a break for a few weeks, so I submitted my verbal resignation on the spot and started looking for another place to work.

Im sorry you had that experience, I enjoyed working there, it had its ups and downs. I agree with everyone, things were starting to get a tad bit dangerous even then, I worked strictly nights we always had 6-7 pateients each including charge nurse, they started trying to make us take 8 patients but we weren't going for that.

I talked to a couple of friends who are still on the 5th floor....but BOTH LEAVING

They say things only continue to change for the WORSE

If you a new grad please be careful...

Durham Regional will tell you what you want to hear,

then after orientation things will change

HIGHLY advise you avoid this Hospital!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Nursing Management.

I agree with you Bill. It is an unsafe place to work. I wouldn't recommend anyone going there for employment.

Its unreal how horrid some manegment can be

Has anyone had the experience of relocating to work here. Once you started, you found out that what all you were told in the interview is not so. Just upset about it all. If you look for another position does it look bad that you have worked in one hospital for only 6 months.

So much better now, transferred to a more suited unit..so far so good!!

Specializes in Neuro.
So much better now, transferred to a more suited unit..so far so good!!

that was quick! congrats.

I end up leaving, very disappointed that it did not work out.

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