so, here's the situation. 16 bed intermediate intensive care unit with 5 of those hard-wired beds usually occupied by ICU patients-fresh vents, drips, art lines, etc. --all tele. monitored-----high aquity--you get the picture. In the last 3 weeks several highly paid executives got the axe- including VP of nursing--an IICU ally. Now the manager has made a blanket statement that 4 nurses per shift irregardless. and she's not about to budge, and we have no-one to complain to that will get us immediate attention to this issue.
what do we do? give me some ideas you guys? we are providing substandard care at best, negligence at worst, standards of care are obsolete, next- patients will suffer.
I'm the most experience nurse at 15 years and they have hired 9 GN's that are now interning!
the staff looks to me as a solution provider, but I'm not sure where to start on this one.
P.S. the manager is a nim-whitt---first time managing