I am not sure what area of the country that you work in but California now has laws saying 5 pt per nurse on Med/Surg. I live in Northern California and have found a wonderful place to work in Redding. We have a secretary, an aide (that is honestly spread a little thin, some of ours better then others), and a charge nurse dedicated just to our post surgical floor. I can not remember a time that I did not get my 30 minute lunch and at least 1, and usually 2 of my 15 minute breaks. And sometimes (50% of the time) all 3 of the breaks.
I worked in another hospital nearby and this was not the case...but that is another story. Our floor has 36 beds, and yes most days I run my tail off. But hardly a day doesn't go by that a co-worker doesn't ask if I need help!!! Their is a saying on our floor...."If your patient goes bad, he no longer has 1 nurse but rather 5 nurses!" We also have Rapid Response, Shock Alert, STEMI alert, Code Blue, and one other that I am not thinking of right now. The Medical Director stands behind us, and the Charge nurse and Nurse Manager (who by the way worked 15 years on the floor and gets it) are always available. Our nurse manager has made sure that all her nurses know how to contact her 24/7.
Hang in there, there are better places, If you want to relocate I can highly recommend a great place to work....plus it is beautiful here....