Our nurses need you! I am a 70-year-old injured, and of course, now retired nurse who has been a patient several times as well as worked in several hospitals. I can't emphasize enough that the nurses of today carry such a load and responsibility that we absolutely need to make sure they get a decent contract with decent wages and benefits.
There has been a drastic change in nursing over the last 30-plus years. Nurses have been given more and more autonomy and responsibility. This is a good thing from some standpoints, but not so from others. It is good they are finally recognized for their intellect and abilities, but they are also given more patients and far more things to do for those patients.
Every time there is a financial crunch at the hospital, I believe the first thing management does is figure out a way to cut staffing. When you cut staffing, you increase poor outcomes with patients. This is not because nurses are doing a bad job, it is because there is not enough time to follow up on every aspect of patient care.
I believe that most hospitals, and St. Joe's is no exception, are top heavy with management! At St. Joe's there is a nurse manager, an assistant nurse manager and team leaders! These are people who oversee and track the day-to-day operation of each unit. They do not do patient care. Some of that money could be put back in to actual nursing care. Watch for more.