I know, I know I should get out while I can. But someone has to do something. Zee was absolutely right when she said someone besides the CEO would take the fall, she and the DON routinely blame others when backed against the wall. A few months ago my OR supervisor took matters into her own hands about the state of Central Supply. She had documented proof that she had been demanding the CEO repair the leaking sterilizer and replace the moldy flooring and drywall. Finally, she brought the surgeons down to Central to see for themselves. The Docs hit the roof, and the infection control doc closed Central supply, and ultimately Surgery. Half-ass repairs were done immediately, but the CEO claimed that the OR supervisor had never informed her of the state of affairs. (Which is a real joke, as we are not allowed to even rearrange furniture without her permission.) Luckily, our supervisor had documented proof of all her correspondence with the CEO.
As for the doctors, I have worked in many facilities and have never before seen a place where the doctors have so little say. They are treated with as little respect as the rest of us. There is an incredible turn-over rate, and we work with a skeleton crew.
I truly believe that the only hope for our hospital is an investigative expose. We are a small town of about 10,000 people, and the local newspaper would not dream of publishing anything adverse about the hospital or the Board members. I have contacted reporters in neighboring cities but cannot seem to get their attention.
Those of us who stay do so because this hospital is desperately needed by the patients we serve. We are a devoted group giving the best care possible under horrible circumstances. I am determined not to let that woman beat us.
The support I am getting from all of you answering my letter means so much to me. If any of you can think of a way out for us, please contact me at my e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org