So fed up:( Could use some help:( - page 3
Hi All:) I'm actually not a new poster, I've posted before but not for a while and cannot remember my old log in name so here I am again:) Anyway, I just really need some words of... Read More
Dec 22, '06Pennsylvania does not have a nurse-to-patient ratio law. Nurses have been fighting to get one passed for over five years but certain politicians in Harrisburg have found all kinds of slippery ways to side-step the issue...I guess the hospitals have more pull (they don't want it). I believe the PA Board did issue an opinion a few years back that said it is not abandonment to leave if you have told a supervisor and turned over your patients (I'm not sure if formal report is required or not). Anyway, some hospitals follow their own set of ratios closely or follow ratios in an RN union contract.
Dec 27, '06You're not alone. My facility had the gall to schedule only 3 CNA's and 2 nurses for 50 people during dayshift on Christmas day...a day when residents get visitors that don't come in any other time of the year.
Dec 27, '06And they wonder why there is a shortage! I feel terrible for you and your patients. My prediction is that your facility won't be able to keep the new grad either. You are an experienced nurse that at least had a chance in h-- of being able to prioritize your care, (I'm not saying give good or even adequate care!) A nurse that just passed her boards has no buisness on her first day getting near that many patients! I feel so bad for her! Hopefully they didn't scare her out of nursing all together!
I've done primary care for 8 patients in a long term care setting (no CNA) It was very hard and all my patients were stable. No IVs ,no need to assess, etc. I can't even imagine doing that in a hospital setting.
Administration and lay people seem unable to comprehend how much time different tasks of nursing take. Whats 4 vs 6 or even 10 patients to them. For my facility I'm considering doing a time study that shows it is in their interest to keep good staffing ratios (ie unnecessary hospitalizations as I work in the sub-acute setting.) $ talk is what they seem to comprehend.
Unfortunately in our profession because we don't often speak up, the ones that do are labeled whiny, complainers and troublemakers. That's easier than facing up to the fact that are real problems that need to be addressed! I applaud your courage and wish you the best of luck.