Tuesday, February 16, 2010

And the cuts begin...

It started with a hiring freeze a few months ago.

Then it was cutting a nurse or two (but keeping beds open!) for each shift.

Now they are outright laying off.

But they are not letting go middle and upper management.

Patients keep on pouring in, and they are SICK.

Soon we will be... and then they wont' replace the sick calls so we'll be even more screwed.

I'm still liking my job, and I *think* I'm safe from layoffs, but it's hard to say. I have a permanent job right now that I'm working hard to keep.

Wish me luck.


Mike said...

Our hospital system went through the same thing last summer with 169 positions cut. We typically are not filling vacant shifts all the time due to budget issues. We have lost some admin positions but not a lot. The same is true of else where. No body likes losing their job because of all the problems it clearly causes. It's just a sign of the times.

Anonymous said...

So right now's not an ideal time to get into the nursing profession, eh?

-aspiring dude nurse whose questions you kindly answered

miss-elaine-ious said...

Sorry for the delay in response: Nursing jobs go in phases and you just have to ride it out if you really want to do the job. It's the same as teachers in Ontario right now... no one can get a job but yet they are increasing enrollment in teachers college. Things will balance out when retirement/mat leave etc occurs.

All of our nurses that were 'laid off' are working just as much as a casual worker, although now they are self scheduled (makes me a little jealous!)

@rdjfraser said...

Amazing how balanced budgets always happen at the expense of adequate nursing care. I hope that your patients get to keep you!