staffing issues - page 2

Hello, I was wondering what were the staffing ratios in other hospitals, including ancillary staff. I work in a 16 bed ICU/CCU as a RN, for the last four years. The hsopital, previously a not for... Read More

  1. by   Coletrane1988
    Staffing is bad where I work. Some nights we have plently of staff to cover 2:1 but that is in the SICU, MICU, and the CCU but when they have to open the IICU ( which it is no longer that and is now considered the "Overflow" Unit ) we end up having to triple-up. And this happens very regularly. Maybe we have 1 or 2 PCAs and never a overnight secretary and the charge nurse must take full patient loads also. I am currently the only "newbie" on nights (7P to 7A) but the unit mgr says there are new grads hired for nights but they will be 6 to 8 weeks on days before they will begin preceptorship at night for another 6 to 8 weeks and will not count in staffing until they are done with orientation. Everyone is stressed and me being new I get to be the "whipping boy". No one is happy in my unit and it doesn't look like it will be getting any better. I may be new but I am not young and I am now looking around for other options. It is too dangerous to staff like this and I am too new to be left to the wolves.