Why I Chose To Take A Stand: SMYS Nurses Take DC 2016-Safe Staffing Rally!

  1. Pablo Hurtado says:

    Am I glad to see people taking action! I think a lot of us sit back and say “it’s just the way it is” and put up with it, do our best, or leave (I’m about to do just that). I’ve been a med-surg nurse for one year and I am made to feel that I am the problem, that I should be able to handle 7-8 patients, which is our normal, on weekends we always have one day without aids and the rest of the time only one aid in a unit that holds up to 38 patients, many on telemetry and of high acuity. Management recently told us that they would call for an extra nurse only when everyone has 8 patients. Patients do not get the care they deserve, if something happens it is the nurse’s responsibility. It is unsafe, stressful, and unhealthy to work in this conditions.

  2. RMTD says:

    It’s about time we start speaking up. Not only are good nurses getting out of the profession because of the horrible working conditions, they are advising their children to avoid nursing as well. Not only are the staffing ratios terrible, management has added additional stressors. For instance:
    a point system you have to follow. If you reach 30 points you are dismissed from your job. Where do these points come from??? If you are one minute late to work, one minute late from coming back from lunch, if you call in sick, you call in because of a sick child. If you don’t check out on time and get overtime—so nurses check out and then do their charting—-I believe this is against federal law??? Immediate suspension if you get caught talking about your wages. Points against you if you get a negative patient review–FOR ANYTHING —one patient gave a low score because the bathroom on the main floor needed “up dating”. HOW IS THAT THE NURSES FAULT ?????? There is NO WAY to please anyone because the nurse simply doesn’t have enough help. Who gets held responsible The Nurse–not management. So, why would anyone stay in a job that has crappy hours, crappy working conditions and no job satisfaction. Oh yeah, I forgot about “mandatory overtime”. No vacations because there is not enough staff to cover. Need to have a surgery yourself?? not until there’s enough staff to cover for your absence. It’s just sad….it’s time nurses started telling the truth about their working conditions. I’m sure there are other horror stories out there. So, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.? Keep things the way they are and soon it will be number 1…..

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