Hello all! I am an RN supervisor on third shift in a LTC facility with 179 beds. We normally never have 5 nurses at night, sometimes only 3. We have anywhere from 6-9 CNA's. We are currently working 3 nurses short, therefore, I may end up working a hall of 70 all by myself, which has happened a few times. We just had a nurse walk out Sunday night, abandoned her pts, because she was left to care for the 70 pts by herself. I don't blame her for her frustration, but now her license is in jeopardy with the state board of nursing. So, I am taking a cart every nights until a couple of nurses are hired. Our facility has a very bad reputation in town. I understand why no one would want to work for us.
I really love the autonomy of being a supervisor, but lately I feel like I am being forced to work doubly hard. I still have my supervisory responsibilities as well. My DON has told me that a day shift job that she thinks I will love will be coming open in a couple months, but she can't tell me now.
I am making really good money, but I don't think my health can survive much more of this. I am so down about this!
I am so confused as what to do. Should I wait it out for a day shift job, or start looking for a job elsewhere? All opinions are appreciated.