Healthcare is screwed. The new CMS regulations that are cutting funding to hospitals, added to the general bad state of the economy, are causing staffing cuts. The new rules that base reimbursement on patient satisfaction mean more staffing cuts, worse CMS scores, more decreased payments, and even more staffing cuts. Add to that, cuts to Medicaid, and the fact that no one knows what is going to happen with private insurance once the PPACA is fully implemented, and the future is pretty bleak. Pretty soon, in hospitals across the nation, there is going to be one nurse taking care of 10 agitated and /or mad patients on each unit.
Before you all respond with the question, "Well what are you doing about it?" I'll tell you: 1) I'm getting angry, 2) I have completed my employee satisfaction survey with a 3 page essay of "the problem, and ways to fix it" (and everyone knows surveys fix everything), 3) I've caused my unit manager to quit (with all my complaints and the fact that her hands are tied by the unreasonable demand of administration), it's no damn wonder she quit, 4) I've talked to: my boss, her boss, the staffing office, the house sup, the COO of the unit, the "head in her a** of nurse theory" CNO of the hospital, doctors, and I have even discussed it with by dog, and 5) I've done some soul searching to see if it possible just my problem, including having my hormone level checked by my PCP. But after another horrendous day, being stuck in one of my patient's rooms, and being punched by said head injured patient (because there is no budget to staff a 1:1), that lead to really pi** poor nursing for the rest of my patients, I'm beyond frustrated. The impossible rules and regulations of those in power are completely detached from reality.
And let me "pre-respond" to the new nurses, nurse manager, nurse administrators, nurse educators and such, before you say "well if you hate it so much, then you should quit, you clearly don't have the temperament and warm fussy approach to be a compassionate nurse. Didn't you study theory?" I'll say, you are right, I don't. This profession sucks. I will be looking for another career. The sad thing is, I believe in the nursing philosophy, I think people are basically good. It's just that the leaders and regulators in healthcare are suffering from some serious group think.
You may say, "Well healthcare in the U.S. is too expensive." I agree, yes it is. But is it going to be one heck of a road to equilibrium. I once loved my job, but I am beaten down, dishearten, and afraid for what's to come... Also, I am not a martyr, I will help people (it is in all our natures), but I will not condone stupidity.
PS. Yes, the grammar in this rant sucks. Sue me.