I currently work on a 9-bedded neurology ward. We usually operate on 1 qualified plus 1 auxillary (though sometimes it's 2 qualified). I really like where I work, we are a lovely little ward. Because we only have 9 beds, I know all my patients and their relatives well and know everything about them. I am my "own boss" as I am usually in-charge. All the staff on here get-on very well and we are all friends, there is no "clique". We work as a unit very well.
Next door is neurosurgery, which is a 20 bedded unit, we are seperated by a set of doors. I have worked there and don't like it. Although neurosurgery is interesting, IMO the ward is like a production line. A lot of the staff are very "cliquey" and gossip-mongerers.
Guess what? We are merging! We have had NO say in this, NO-ONE has asked our opinion on whether WE want it, or whether WE think it will work. It has just been landed on us. It's about MONEY. It's a cost-cutting exercise. Basically, there are 48 neurosurgery beds (on 2 different wards) and 8 neuro high dependency beds with 19 vacancies over those 48 beds! We have NO vacancies, but because of the rest of neurosciences being short and because we are over budget and wanting to save money, we are having to prop them up.
NOBODY wants this. We are medicine, they are surgery, it's the same but different. It's going to be one off-duty, we will work as one ward.
We have a staff meeting "at some point" about this. But no-one wants this merger.
I currently love where I am, and I know no-one in neurology wants this. We work so well together as a little unit, I'm never really stressed and we get so much positive feed-back from patients and relatives as we can usually spend valuable time with the patients. After qualifying, I spent 2 years trying to settle somewhere, I found here and have been here for about 15 months and finally found somewhere I actually love. Love my colleagues, patients and the way things work. They are ripping that away from us. It will never be the same again.
I am going to contact my union, but other than that, what can I do? Sorry about the long post, but I have only just really found out and wanted to rant as I am upset and am in the middle of a night shift.