One night on our 34-bed med/surg unit, we had only 6 patients, so staffing was cut to two nurses: a new grad, and me. No aides, no standbys........naturally, we got slammed. We ended up admitting eleven patients between midnight and 7 AM
Talk about unsafe staffing!! That was truly the night from Hell........both of us quit not long after that.
While staffing is still far from ideal, I've seen much improvement since I've been back.......at least the supervisors will call people in now when we're drowning, and NEVER do they staff only two nurses for an entire floor, even if there are only a few patients. We also have a couple of new assistant managers who will actually get out on the floor
and help with admits, difficult IV starts, even taking pts. to the bathroom if necessary, which has probably done more for our morale than anything else.
Of course, there are days when we could have 20 staff on the floor and it wouldn't be enough....... :uhoh21: