I see that you've gone ahead and made the assumption that nurses who complain about legitimate concerns have done so without any evidence or conclusion. I'm not denying that some nurses complain and don't take action, but I do get irked when people assume complaints about working conditions are unfounded, and require excessive effort to justify their concerns.
Power point presentations shouldn't be required in order for management to address concerns, especially when those concerns are well know, and simply overlooked or ignored. These same concerns put their patients and facility at risk, and should not be taken lightly. The patients are our main focus, and they are the reason the facility exists, so there's absolutely no point in ignoring the issues that threaten them.
There are massive amounts of peer reviewed articles supporting safe staffing and workloads for nurses. In 5 minutes time I was able to find a multitude of articles supporting safe staffing and workload, as well as those on effective management, communication, and professionalism. There are even countless news articles on the subject, for instance: http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/12/health/ohio-nurse-worked-to-death-lawsuit-says/ , http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/05/10/brown.nurses.week/ .
It's obvious, and has been for years, that these issues play a vital role in patient care and recovery. Management where I work, as well as others, are very well aware of the issues, and the many solutions available to combat these issue. There's usually no sense in beating a dead horse, but in this case continuing to air concerns, be it through complaints or suggestions, is the only way things will change.
Reading from your response, you seem to have assumed that I too have not taken action. You feel I've done nothing but complain, without taking responsibility and making an effort to change that. Again, you are wrong.
I have done everything you've mentioned, and more. Three of my fellow floor nurses and I have in fact charted our daily duties and routines down to the minute. We have charted the amount of interruptions that we received each shift, the reason for the interruptions, and the negative impact they have had on our work and our patients. We have compiled this information and presented it in meetings, to corporate, and to the state. We address it monthly, with updated articles and evidence to support it, as well as lists of solutions.
Through investigation, no fault is found, and no changes are made. This is mostly due to the fact that the nursing staff care a great deal for their patients, and refuse to give any less than 110%. The fact is that the staffing and workload are doable to some extent, though it is at the expense of their staff and patients. The quality of patient care shouldn't end at "acceptable" levels, it should go well beyond that.
Management has shadowed the floor. Management has also worked the floor, and still does when necessary, and absolutely despise doing so due to the issues brought up in this thread. Believe me when I say, they are fully aware of the issues, but continue to state, "I know it's bad, but that's just the way it is." It comes down to the dollar, and how to make the most profit.
Why do I stick around? I care about my patients and residents. Not just for them, but about them. I was called to be a nurse because I care about the health and welfare of people I know, I've never met, and those I will never meet. I put forth my best effort every single day in pursuit of enriching lives, and supporting those who need me.
I am passionate about this subject as I see the negative impact it has on those around me, whom I work with and care for. I have seen so much unnecessary suffering and death, all due to the need to profit off of the pain and suffering of others. The human life these days is only worth what insurance will pay.
Just this morning I lost one that I had cared a great deal for for many years, I was even the one who had to pronounce her. The death was unnecessary and avoidable, and took place because my facility sacrificed her well-being for the sake of money. Though it's impossible to prove it, the nursing and care staff see it clearly. Unfortunately this isn't the first, nor will it be the last.
So yes, I will complain, and I hope many others complain as well. We will complain daily with our every last breath until these legitimate concerns are addressed. In the end, some will give up and leave. Like watching a mass slaughter and being helpless to stop it, you just can't take that kind of stress forever.
I'll assume you won't read this far, so here's a potato: