I am just wondering how bad it is a fellow nurse's place of employment. I want to know how bad I have it in the scheme of things. I will tell you a bit about where I work to compare. I work on a 34 bed step down unit, mostly CHF, MI's, post PTCA, CABG, drips, etc. We are currently a department manager, and our assistant doesn't have a clue as to what is happening on our unit. She is supposed to be charge nurse, and she shows up 15-30 minutes late every day. We have a 6:1 ratio, and our staff is skeleton. We have float nurses from PEDS and OB to staff us, and sometimes we have travelers. We have had major incidents on the unit, and a pending lawsuit (that we know of) I just wonder-is it like this everywhere?