I was lucky to have 5 patients per shift!
I normally had 6 and was up to bat for any new admits.
Early on in my preceptorship, learning period, I had 7.
You can't learn anything with that many patients.
I've known many other new nurses who have had high acuity patients dumped on them,
when the not-so-new-nurses spent hours sitting at the computers, rarely checking on their patients.
Being a preceptor is a great opportunity to be able to have the new nurse do the work,
while preceptors sit on their butts.
We had some great
new nurses who really busted their butts.
The harder they worked, the more they got heaped on them.
After one year, there are very few nurses left from the bunch that started around the time that I did,
and those are pursuing work elsewhere, because they are not appreciated for their hard work.
I had one great preceptor whom the unit head would not schedule me with on a regular basis,
and two terrible preceptors. We had been told that they would match us up with whomever was a
"good fit", and make "adjustments" in preceptors as needed. That didn't happen.
Bottom line, Providence runs on the "profit is God".
They fail to recognize that it's costing them much more money to maintain status quo.
Poor reputation and resulting lawsuits aren't cheap, either.
Statistics indicate that some nurses actually quit nursing in their first year, altogether,
quit med/surg nursing never to return,
and move to other areas of nursing employment that won't ruin their physical and mental health.
Driving nurses into the ground their first year greatly contributes to the nursing shortage.
It is refreshing
that other hospitals recognize the benefits of low nurse
and the value of nurses.