Monday, January 30, 2012


I have not posted in awhile and am full of excuses:

 1. We have had  a mass exodus of nurses, respiratory therapists and techs from my somewhat hoodish hospital. Beautiful -New -Suburban -All Private -Room -Hospital -With -A -Gourmet -Chef has siphoned quite a bit of our staff away. Shortstaffing has led to chaos and lots of overtime for everyone.

2. My professional mentor was fired recently (a blogpost for sure when I get the emotional distance to write about it), leaving me sad and discouraged. I do know, however, that if Florida had unions, it sure as hell would not have happened.

3. PACU traditionally consists of 4 ten hour shifts a week, plus weeknight and weekend call. We have had a few nurses leave who want to go back to the 3 12 hour shift workweek. More overtime for me!

 4. When I get home, I want to play with my kids and sleep. I know I need to exercise, but soooo tired. Maybe I will lay my head down on the table right now........................................



  1. I'm studying nursing and have only just realized how unionized nursing in Australia is. Not such a bad thing. I think without it the nursing workforce is a sitting duck for cost-cutting etc. Nice blog, I've bookmarked you!

  2. Ah, I guess you need rest and a vacation. Too many things had happened to you, eh. Yet, as one of your readers I'm hoping for an update and more stories from you.

    God bless you,
    Peny@lab coat

  3. Nursing can be an emotional drain sometimes, and not even from patients! Sometimes it's nice to come home, strip off the scrubs, and relax. Get some rest, and thanks for sharing!

  4. HMM, guess what, i wish you were right in your statement that if florida had unions that wouldnt have happened. It seems that you would be correct but ive learned otherwise. We have a union= and they have done nothing to protect any of the nurses in my hospital when the shit hits the fan! I dont know what we pay them dues for but to out them is scary and has to be majority vote, so we just settle. Sucks!