"I am disturbed at the change a 'for-profit' buyout has brought. The
patient is nowhere discussed as the reason for our care."
--A 46-year-old clinical nurse specialist from Colorado
"I used to believe our hospital was a progressive organization
committed to patient care and staff involvement. The reality now is
the bottom line--to hell with patient care."
--A 41-year-old hospital staff nurse from New Hampshire
"I feel our health care system will collapse due to the lack of concern
by the greedy $200,000-salary-making, Mercedes-driving
administrators and CEOs"
--A 26-year-old-oncology nurse from Minnesota
"The new attitude since a recent merger took place at our facility by
an extremely large, business-oriented company is, 'Do it and like it or
you will be replaced--the nursing market is saturated.'"
--A 26-year-old ICU/CCU staff nurse from Ohio.
"In the emergency department, we lost our assistant manager and
our manager was bumped up. So, in effect, we have no real
--A 38-year-old pediatrics staff nurse from Wisconsin
"One incident I observed occurred when an aide disconnected an IV
to help a patient change gowns. The patient lost a large amount of
blood before I got to the room to clamp the tubing."
--A 40-year-old pediatrics staff nurse from Alabama
"I've especially seen a decrease in patient satisfaction with the
emergence of care partners. It's frightening in pediatrics to have so
few RNs due to increased floating, part-time RNs, and cross-trained
personnel. It's not safe."
--A 31-year-old ICU/CCU pediatrics/neonatal staff nurse from Ohio
"There's been an increase in disciplinary actions against nurses in
order to (I believe) keep the blame and responsibility from sticking
to administration for poor staffing and management."
--A 47-year-old staff nurse from California
"I have seen a first-rate hospital get mismanaged over nine years to
a level of orchestrated chaos. What you read in the papers and what
is happening in the trenches is the saddest hoax perpetrated on the
public. This place should be shut down."
--A 47-year-old ICU/CCU nurse from Massachusetts
"I have already started reviewing cases for attorneys and find this is
a way I can stay in nursing and use my expertise. It sounds
promising and exciting."
--A 44-year-old nurse from Georgia
"I'm currently enrolled in an FNP program because I can't stomach
working under this current environment for the rest of my career.
Our satisfaction surveys have demonstrated that patients are not
happy and nurses are dissatisfied. Still they continue to cut back."
--A 31-year-old staff nurse from Nevada
"I am currently working as a case manager. I miss direct patient
care. But I don't miss being stretched so thin that I hardly had time
to think, let along provide quality patient care."
--A 35--year-old case manager from Utah
"I have been a telephone consulting nurse for five years after being
in a CCU for 15 years. I miss taking care of patients but will not do
so in the current environment."
--A 35-year-old case manager from Utah
"Patients are treated like cattle. When my time comes to go, I pray I
will die in my sleep at home."
--A 47-year-old staff nurse from New York
"All my patients get the same care, my very best. My very best just
keeps getting spread thinner and thinner."
--A 23-year-old staff nurse from Oklahoma
"All I can say is that I am very disheartened. I feel that I run from
patient to patient almost 'throwing' their meds at them, with time for
--A new graduate from Texas
"In all my years in nursing never have I seen so much disregard for
--A 48-year-old ICU/CCU first-line manager from Virginia
"Nursing morale is at an all-time low. I plan to leave nursing in the
near future and can't wait!...I shudder to think of what the future of
--A 42-year-old staff nurse working in a subacute care setting in Illinois
"This home hires most anyone off the street to do aide work. The
turnover in aides is unbelievable and the quality of care the resident
gets is poor to fair. Who cares--not the owner, not the supervisor,
not the DON. There have been two unexpected deaths in our nursing
center and somehow this has been covered over."
--A 59-year-old nursing home staff nurse from Missouri