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Unsafe staffing with 4:1 ICU ratios 8:1 on floor.

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As a staff nurse, the simplest solution is to get another job. If you can enlist the people with power to push back like- nurse managers or attending physicians, then change might be possible.

I think the message of this situation is clear - nurses really need to consider themselves independent agents - no matter how great your current job is, it's temporary & subject to change whenever management changes.

There's generally no benefit to staying with an employer anymore, so walk whenever the poop starts getting deep. Management can have all the loyalty they're willing to pay for.

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Been there,done that has 33 years experience and works as a case manager.

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We had a wonderful CNO a few years back that would come in and help if we were desperate and an educational coordinator that will sometimes tech.

"That was years ago." I was charge in a nasty situation. Management asked me "what can I do".

I asked her to do vitals or glucometer checks. She could not perform either.

**sigh** She was pretty good at passing waters.

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I would also start thinking about leaving. I was in a similar situation earlier this year. When things first started going bad around 15 or so nurses left the unit. The management promised to fix things, and I was one of the ones who held on to see how it would go. Things were better for maybe 4 months and then got even worse. Another 20 or so of us left at that point. Things don't get better in units like that until there is a change in leadership.

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Kallie3006 has 6 years experience as a ADN and works as a Jack of all trades, master of none.

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When I first started at a hospital there were nurses on the step-down unit that would take an extra patient for a $100 bonus. I told them numerous times that this would come back and bite them. That they was putting a $100 price tag on a patient's life and telling the admins at the same time that the ratio could be increased by another patient. Now the ratio is up by a patient, nursing gripping and stating how unsafe the assignment load is yada yada but they put themselves in that position all for that dollar. Nothing is going to change unless we rally together. If a couple people accept that assignment and others refuse, they are not team players, or a strong nurse, or whatever else managment wants to say in an attempt to belittle the nurses that are standing up. If we, nursing profession as a whole, keep allowing this to take place and all we do is gripe about it, nothing is going to change for the better. There are only so many times you can threaten something without following through. Just my 2 cents.

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TriciaJ has 35 years experience as a RN and works as a Retired.

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When I first started at a hospital there were nurses on the step-down unit that would take an extra patient for a $100 bonus.

I just can't even get my head around this. I just can't.

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Tenebrae has 6 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse in Gerontology.

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That is mental!!!

Run, dont walk IMO

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Kallie3006 has 6 years experience as a ADN and works as a Jack of all trades, master of none.

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I just can't even get my head around this. I just can't.

You and me both

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a school nurse.

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When I first started at a hospital there were nurses on the step-down unit that would take an extra patient for a $100 bonus. I told them numerous times that this would come back and bite them. That they was putting a $100 price tag on a patient's life and telling the admins at the same time that the ratio could be increased by another patient. Now the ratio is up by a patient, nursing gripping and stating how unsafe the assignment load is yada yada but they put themselves in that position all for that dollar. Nothing is going to change unless we rally together. If a couple people accept that assignment and others refuse, they are not team players, or a strong nurse, or whatever else managment wants to say in an attempt to belittle the nurses that are standing up. If we, nursing profession as a whole, keep allowing this to take place and all we do is gripe about it, nothing is going to change for the better. There are only so many times you can threaten something without following through. Just my 2 cents.

Wow. This is one of the stupidest staffing maneuvers that I've ever heard. Shame on the nurses taking blood money like that as well...

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