By reading the previous posts, it's obvious that as the seasons change...so does the acuitiy of the patient population. I remember those days very well during the 8 years I worked on the floor. We could not do admissions fast enough, for they were coming through the ER or as direct admits as if they were on conveyor belts. We quickly ran out of beds, and had patients lined up in the hallways and three to a private room. The other nurses and I who were responsible for all the IV starts and meds were run ragged.
and just when we could see the end of the day coming, we'd get asked (or ordered) to work OT, because a nurse had called out for the 3-11 shift, because they
or their child were also sick. It was a vicious cycle, which (as we all know) continues to this day and has become a critical issue as the population has aged and become even sicker.
JM, hope your doggie gets better. It's just as bad as having a sick child, isn't it?
My son called me late yesterday afternoon and told me that the owner of that assessment and counseling service who I interviewed with yesterday morning called him and reported that she really liked me and wants to hire me for an office position as soon as her budget permits. He has worked for her contracturally as her IT person since 2001, and has watched her business grow from an office in the garage of her home to a nice one in a new office park. Sometimes it helps knowing somebody, in order to get your foot in the door. Although things are going well with this job prospect, I am still planning on going to a job fair today with a local merchant, who is advertising for seasonal help. My BIL told me that I should just save my gas and not go, but with every day that I don't have a job, things get bleaker...and bleaker. To make matters worse, the VA reduced his benefits by $120/month in error...even though they have the documentation in front
of them, confirming that his 18-year-old son is still a full-time high school student. When my BIL called yesterday and asked why this had happened, the VA caseworker responded: "I don't know". The government's incompetence and blatant indifference to the needs of their vets who have and who are now fighting wars for them is infuriating, and my BIL and sister have had enough.
She is going to send an e-mail to our Congressman this weekend to this effect. It probably won't do any good, but as I told both of them yesterday, it's better than doing nothing...and going hungry, to boot.
Well, let me get down off my soapbox and get ready for the day. Have a good one!