I Put In My Notice!!!...Now what??? - page 3

I could really use some help here! I am an Rn graduate of 8 months now...I started straight out of school on a cardiac/telemetry floor...THEY do not label this floor a step down floor, but we have... Read More

  1. by   PANurseRN1
    Quote from maryshome8
    I'm a pre-nursing student...but I have over 20 years of Corporate working experience, and hospitals are a business like any other, complete with their corporate and administrative headaches.

    I'll be brutally honest here, I think you pulled the plug too soon.

    As a new graduate, even though your current situation is very difficult, future hospitals may look at it as you 'can't handle' the stress of nursing.

    It is always, always better to look for a job when you already have one. This is no matter what profession you are working in.

    I don't think your license is in jeapardy because 8/1 ratio in post-op is ridiculous, and it's the hospital that is responsible for staffing, not you. Let's say you had two life-threatening situations to occur with your patients in two different rooms at once...do you feel a license review board would think you could be at two places at the same time, or would they take a good hard look at the staffing?

    The hospital is CLEARLY cutting the staffing cord too short with only 2 RN's for 16 patients.

    There is a serious difference between not being adequately staffed (for comfort) and being critically short staffed (before patient care starts to suffer).

    I feel sorry for the patients at this hospital, because they are not getting the care they deserve, and with post-op, I think their lives are at risk.
    You have a lot to learn. Big difference between corporate v. health care: No one dies from a mistake on a budget, but people can die from mistakes a nurse makes. And when a nurse is overwhelmed and the unit is understaffed, mistakes happen.

    You're entitled to have an opinion, even if it is an uninformed one, however.

    I hope the OP can find a job where she can feel safe in her practice and get her confidence built up. This was a crummy way to start a nursing career, and an excellent example of why we lose new nurses.
  2. by   mamason
    Quote from maryshome8
    All I was trying to say is that the reason her employment situation is so bad , and she is overloaded, is because some hospitals are making decisions based on business and profit and they are forgetting that there are real people sitting in those beds that are in pain, uncomfortable, may need immediate attention, monitoring, etc. 1/8 doesn't quite get them the care they deserve...and pay for.

    I wasn't in any way trying to compare NURSING to a corporate job, just that some hospital administrations treat it too much like one, and that is where the problem lies and why so many good nurses are leaving hospitals. Administration sometimes forgets exactly what it's "commodity" is...the comfort and safety of patients. Patients are people..not a number on an insurance card.

    There is obviously, no substitution for being responsible for someone'e life.

    I apologize if I wasn't more clear.

    I don't mind being corrected or disagreed with...I just wished some folks (not you) would keep it professional because some of the comments that were made were 100% uncalled for and just plain nasty. i totally respect everyone has "hot button" issues...but I think we can disagree and still be civil.
    I'm glad that you clarified. I read your original post and was starting to get fired up. LOL. Being short staffed with a high pt load with high acuity is a real "hot button" issue for me. Very dangerous situation to work in. Which is why I left my last job. I feel that no job is worth losing my license over, let alone injuring a pt because I'm way overloaded with my pt assignment. I just hope that you won't have to encounter similar situations when you begin to start you career. Maybe by then, things will have changed for the better? And maybe someone in our government will step up to the plate and state that this is unacceptable. Good luck in your studies and I wish you the best.