over at our hospital.
For some reason patient traffic never slowed down after cold and flu season was over. I think we had about a week of quiet days, and then it was right back up to stacking patients up like cordwood and six-hour waits in the waiting room.
We've lost five night-shift nurses and a few day-shift nurses. My shift (11:30-12) is down to four of us (and we need at least six or seven to manage). Management is begging us to do overtime, to sign up with the agency...and are refusing to accommodate schedule requests.
They posted three jobs yesterday. Three. And due to the orientation process, we won't have them working full time for at least three months after they're hired.
It's 12-hour days of just putting your head down and slogging through the messes, filling out protests of assignment for the union (which has heard us and has been sending reps to catalog complaints for upcoming contract negotiations), and dealing with ambulance after ambulance and boarding patients in the ED.
And I got punched in the chest by a drunk las night just as I was ready to walk out the door. GAH!