They did it. They changed the evening and night differentials to a flat rate and they dropped the weekend diff altogether. The flat rate is a raise for the brand new rns but a big cut for everyone with a few years. I will lose a little but Ana is getting creamed. I have been working on my resume and actively looking for another job. It seems like the hospital just doesn’t care about how their decisions affect what happens on the floors. We have been swamped but they just announced they will be laying off all LPNs by the end of the year. Most of these nurses have over thirty years at the hospital and the two on my floor know more about care than I do. The word around the hospital is that the AD rns are next. I don’t know what they are thinking but the computer servers are in danger of overloading with all the rns looking at monster.com. Ana says that won’t happen if we have a union but how long can we wait? I feel like by the time it happens everyone will have left.
It’s strange because the patient load has been heavy but we have been handling it really well. We have gotten some interesting patients and had some real successes but at the end of each shift everyone rushes out and all of our talking has been consumed by griping. Ana says the hold up is that surgical services is not ready. I don’t know what they are waiting for. Maybe we can get my patient’s call bells to ring down there. That could speed up decision making.