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@ ZippyGBR

I wasn't trying to make jibes at the UK. I've just read quite a few bloggers from the UK that mentioned something like 15:1 on medical-surgical floors and I think that is quite a heavy load. I've never experienced something that high here in the states, but I haven't made it to all the hospitals yet. :)

I did not mean anything disrespectful by my statement. Sorry.

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traumarnrodney has 13 years experience and works as a RN, ER/Trauma.

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I have been an RN in the south for 13+ years and can tell you things aren't much better here. If you say anything about the unsafe loads you're branded a trouble maker and put under the microscope until a reason for dismissal occurs (a when, not an if, due to high patient load). Nurses who have tried to help organize a union are let go for any tiny rule infraction. Administration knows how to crush any dissenters. I was so burned out I almost left the profession a few years ago due to feelings of frustration and helplessness. Luckily, 3 years ago I began a new job at a hospital that, while concerned about the bottom line, has decided to follow evidence-based best practices concerning staffing ratios and all other aspects of care. I thought it was a mirage in the desert but it is actually an oasis of excellence in a Sahara of mediocrity. I'm not saying it's perfect, but it's better than any other local facility.

That being said, research your problem locally. Talk to nurses at other facilities until you find a place to work that actually cares more about people than money (they do exist.) When administration realizes they are losing all their staff due to better working conditions elsewhere, they will hopefully try to emulate the better facility.

There are more than enough nurses in this country to wield considerable political influence if we would stand together, the problem is getting us to cooperate and work together, something we obviously have trouble accomplishing.

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MissPiggy has 25 years experience and works as a LPC.

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I feel much the same way. I keep thinking to myself...How can I make a difference for all nurses? Why do we take this crap? Because it's always been this way, or worse? I've heard it said time and again. Just seems we are going to lay down and take it.

I'm so sad about this, but as another poster has stated I want out and as soon as my contract is up (well I'm actually looking now) I'm done with the hospital setting. It's so sad because I don't even know where to start. I keep thinking if I make noise and try to change things I'll lose my job, my career. It's just scary.

It sure is, & getting out is certainly an option for the individual but SOMEBODY has to do it & if things don't change we will lose all of our new nurses who try to brave it out for a year or so and as a result they burn out and leave. Things need to change across the board or it will be the end of nursing.

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mixyRN works as a RN.

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We are unionized... still are overworked and understaffed, unsafe ratios, etc. Is there no way to end the madness? Nurses are stressed to the max, getting hurt, patients do die as a result of understaffing... will it ever end?

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I am so sorry to tell you this....I am a retired nurse after 40 years of active employment, Your

complaints are the same I had all those years ago. Nurses are the most abused, overworked, underpaid,

and generally "used", until they are burned out, or like me....all used up.

The caregiver personality we all have, sets us up for no self love, when it comes to our patients.

The employers know this and will never stop taking advantage of it.

Find your happiness in all the good you are doing, not from better working conditions!

Good Luck

Judy

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needshaldol works as a RN.

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I have been working in the same hospital for over 20 years and it has always been union. I now pay about $1200/year union dues. When I read these posts I am even more shocked because even with our ratios, my job is the pitts. Taking care of 5 ill patients is usually almost impossible without over time so I have no clue as how many of you are doing it with more than 5 patients. My patients are getting lousy care because management does not want over time and truly only looks at the bottom line.....$$$$$$. My salary is probably higher than most, being union, and being in CA, but the truth is, I do not think about the salary when I am running around like a crazy person. I spend more time with paperwork. The computer has done little to improve the time spent with paperwork.

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Psychtrish39 has 13 years experience and works as a MDS RNAC.

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I agree and I give up on LTC and I feel like getting a lawyer. I thought I finally found a good full time job at a good place until I had to have emergency gall bladder surgery I was out for 7 days and when I called to let the DNS know I could come back to my full time job I was hired for. I was told I was now on call and my position had been filled by a new hire. I know there is nothing I can do but I am so mad . I am sick of being treated like ****.. I hope their new hire doesnt stay and I called the staffing coordinator today and said sorry I am not accepting the few once in a while on call shifts I cant make a living with it and its unfair. She is not a nurse and said she understood. I agree its revolution time from acute care to LTC. I am sick of it. I am sure my friends and family think I am an idiot but there are too many nurses that are getting treated this same way. The worst thing is if they had told me I could have been looking for other positions during my time off and have been getting calls for jobs I turned down because I was happy at a job for once... I am so damn mad... and I can't get over it this time.

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needshaldol works as a RN.

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Sorry Psychtrish39.....this is a perfect example of how being unionized would protect your job.

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lpnkharma works as a Home care.

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After 30 plus years of working as a CNA or Med Aide, I finally became an LPN,,,a little more money, but mostly (hopefully), I would have a stronger voice to advocate for better working conditions, better patient care,,,,lofty goals for sure,,,the last care center I worked at,,I was Charge Nurse for 40 residents, 1, count 'em, ONE CNA!!!

I was required to help the Aide w/rounds,,because they couldn't be trusted (DON),,between assessments,,,meds,, NG feedings, and it all has to be charted,,,I was told we met the state criteria for staff/Resident ratio...REALLY???

Half the time we had to do laundry too, in order to have pads, etc

I now work in home care,,which I love,,,but we have our own griefs,,,completely funded by Medicare or Medicaid,,so persnickety about documentation,,,I used a 'T' for Temp,,,no,,,no,,,huh?? So I write everything out,,no abbreviations,,

Funny,,,I bet in that post where the nurses responded to all codes,,,sure,,you bet,,,to me 'Code Brown' means all hands on deck,,,gitter done,,,good luck finding 1 of those nurses then!!!

We all have so many rules and regs,,,

We do the best we can for our people,,,we will always break some rules for them,,,we are the ones who have to look at ourselves in the mirror and sleep at night, (or day)

An old RN told me about a patient who had coded,,,later she was all aglow about Dr. Creep saving her life,,,Old RN was towards the end,,couldn't resist saying,,,'If I remember right,, Dr. Creep was no where around, but 6 of us nurses were!'

It's a very thin line to rise above the BS, yet stay under the radar!!!

One more thing,,,I wish we had a safe place to express our frustrations,,,without them being used against us,,,we lose way too many good nurses to burnout:mad:

And is it me, or are they trying to phase out the good ole gals??? We need them,,yes they eat their young,, but how else is a young nurse to learn??????

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lpnkharma works as a Home care.

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one more thing,,,,

"NURSING IS AN ART: AND IF IT IS TO BE MADE AN ART, IT REQUIRES AN EXCLUSIVE DEVOTION, AS HARD A PREPARATION, AS ANY PAINTERS' OR SCULPTORS' WORK; FOR WHAT IS THE HAVING TO DO WITH DEAD CANVASS OR DEAD MARBLE, COMPARED WITH HAVING TO DO WITH THE LIVING BODY, THE TEMPLE OF GOD'S SPIRIT??? iT IS ONE OF THE FINE ARTS: i HAD ALMOST SAID , THE FINEST OF FINE ARTS....

Florence Nightengale:redbeathe

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nicurn001 works as a RN.

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I agree and I give up on LTC and I feel like getting a lawyer. I thought I finally found a good full time job at a good place until I had to have emergency gall bladder surgery I was out for 7 days and when I called to let the DNS know I could come back to my full time job I was hired for. I was told I was now on call and my position had been filled by a new hire. I know there is nothing I can do but I am so mad . I am sick of being treated like ****.. I hope their new hire doesnt stay and I called the staffing coordinator today and said sorry I am not accepting the few once in a while on call shifts I cant make a living with it and its unfair. She is not a nurse and said she understood. I agree its revolution time from acute care to LTC. I am sick of it. I am sure my friends and family think I am an idiot but there are too many nurses that are getting treated this same way. The worst thing is if they had told me I could have been looking for other positions during my time off and have been getting calls for jobs I turned down because I was happy at a job for once... I am so damn mad... and I can't get over it this time.

Wasn't FMLA applicable to this situation . If you qualified for FMLA they can't get rid of you like this .

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