Other ER nurses in the blogosphere, like ER Nursey and Girlvet, are complaining about their censuses being low and nurses being either laid off or forced to take vacation time.
I know why. BECAUSE ALL THEIR PATIENTS ARE AT MY HOSPITAL!!!
We are packed to the rafters most days, including weekends, which used to be slow. We're doubling up beds. We're holding up to 30 patients in the ED, waiting for beds upstairs. The ambulances do not stop coming in. We're signing protests of assignment forms every day--I mean, how is it possible that each area has one to two ICU patients and possibly two telemetry patients all waiting for (nonexistent) beds upstairs? And that's in addition to the SIX other patients they might have. We're working short most days. Night shift is begging people to come in so they at least get a dinner break. Six new nurses just started orienting, but they won't be on their own for another couple months or so. I've been precepting one woman, who thank goodness is an experienced nurse (just not experienced in the ED, or with the kind of patient load we have), so I can help other people out, but more often than not, I have to help her get out of the weeds when she gets behind. Transporters? HAH! And most of the patients are actually sick.
So all you RNs with nothing to do? COME ON OVER, I've got work for you!