The economy has a posed a huge affect on the hospital where I work at. We have a wage freeze. That took effect in November 2008. Our hours were cut to 36 per/week. We are not allowed to have any overtime. Meaning they want us to clock out at exactly 7:30am. I very rarely get a chance for a break. Last night I was able to leave the unit for a total of 10minutes during my 8 hour shift. At one point in my nursing career were able to write "no lunch" on the board and get paid for it. Forget about that now. If you don't get a lunch....then so what according to management. You just go without your break with no pay for it. Last night was horrendous. Eight patients to care for. One patient receiving chemo, one had to receive 4 units of FFP, a confused patient receiving blood, one screaming, confused, combative,biting patient, one patient with a SBO who had to be restrained because he was pulliing at his ng,foley, and iv (alcohol withdrawal) two fresh post op colon resections, one fresh post op hernia repair.:scrm: I feel as though I am placing my license on the line some nights. I wanted to cry
!! I did on my way home. Ok, I won't lie..I did shed a few tears when I was ABLE to take a quick pee break. I'm so disgusted right now!! The moral is very low with nursing staff. Gee, I wonder why?? Thankfully, I have another job outside of the hospital working 10 hours a week doing quality assurance visits with the elderly in our community. No one is BITING at that job
! Gee, this post is rambling!! Would love to tell management to "BITE ME"!!!