I'm a med surg nurse in a small community hospital. I have about 2.5 years RN experience (medical assistant and LPN in a family practice prior) I work the medical side (medical and surgical is divided in my hospital). We occasionally get surgical patients, but not frequently.
My shift is 3am to 3pm. My choice of shifts. I feel I can prep better for.my day and know patients better before families and doctors are asking questions
It's a 43 bed unit. The goal is a 5-1 nurse ratio, but it's consistantly been a 6-1 ratio. (7-1 or even at times 8:1on nights, assignments switch and bump at 7am when traditional dayshift.starts). Our unit is consistantly full, our charge nurse is supposed to be free but often has to.take a full assignment. There are two Ides on the unit. Patient t aquity is getting heavier.
Sadly, I am one of the experienced nurses until 7, depending on which all is working, the next in line may have 6-9 months experience.
Several of us have been working overtime on a regular basis. Time and Half and bonus pay isn't enough anymore..its a nice incentive but jot worth our sanity. (they they can't force anyone to work extra hours).
Some days I want to look for a new job, others I want.to stay. I like med surg nursing. They have hired, jut tends to be they hire one, one or two get ready to leave before that one is off orientation. I love my coworkers and we're a great team, but it's becoming more stressful.
I dont know if I'm looking advice or just venting to nurses who may have been in a similar situation.