Sorry l.rae that you're having a rough time. I sure do know how it feels!
The worse experience I ever had (and the one that forever changed my attitude about management) was when I was working LTC on the medicare hall. I had 36 residents, IVs, extensive dressing changes, most were bedrest, two peritoneal dialysis residents, etc. And I was alone. And, I do mean alone. No CNAs, no CMTs, nothing. Just me. Just me to feed, turn, reposition, pass meds, do IVs, treatments, answer call lights, chart, etc. There was no one to pull to the hall because the entire building was staffed like that, while management sat in their offices laughing and eating pizza. While my residents suffered.
I called my BON, and they said don't take the assignment at all. But, silly me!, I believed that if I wasn't there, my residents wouldn't have anyone. So, they said to do a protest letter. I was afraid I'd get fired. But, the BON said, you might lose your job, but that's better than losing your license.
I hand wrote an "assignment under protest" letter, made copies, hand delivered one to admin, mailed one to the BON, another to the Division of Aging. Then, I refused to take the same assignment the next day. They terminated me for "refusing to take an assignment."
I heard that when DOA walked in, magically, they had sufficient staff. They staffed with agency and shipping in nurses on temporary permits from other states. Management can ALWAYS find staff when they want to bad enough. That's worth repeating: Management can ALWAYS find staff when they want to bad enough.
By the way, I was subpoened for three different lawsuits as a witness. One was federal medicare fraud, one from a family about a hip fx d/t negligence, and another was wrongful death. Happy as can be that I had documented a protest!