Two hospitals to steer clear of....

  1. I just had a long phone conversation with a friend of mine who is a traveler. She told me about two horrible assignments she was given.
    One nurse to 14 pts on med surg is the norm at Casa Grande Regional Hospital in Casa Grande, AZ.

    At Holy Cross Hospital (aka "Holy Terror") Hospital in Nogales, AZ., my friend was assigned as the only nurse to 20 pts on med surg. This was without even an aide! After calling the NM at home, she was able to get an aide, but that's all.
    I found this hard to believe, but my friend swears it's true.
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   husker-nurse
    Now THAT is very scary, if it's true! And people wonder why we are concerned about our patient loads????? I think that Nurse needs to get in touch with her congressman, pronto!
  4. by   zenman
    Posted by husker-nurse: Now THAT is very scary, if it's true! And people wonder why we are concerned about our patient loads????? I think that Nurse needs to get in touch with her congressman, pronto!
    We all need to start calling...every day of the year!
  5. by   rollingstone
    Did your friend interview with a representative of the hospital before accepting the contract? Did they ask about nurse/patient ratios? If the hospital misrepresented the situation I'd be loooong gone. There are too many good contracts out there waiting to be signed. Have your friend check out University Medical Center in Tucson. I spent six months there last winter and the nurse/patient ratio was 1:4 in all areas. 1:1 and 1:2 in ICU.
  6. by   zenman
    This is a good thread. Why don't we list every hospital to steer clear of...and then "leak" the results to the news. Hello, CNN! :chuckle
  7. by   RN4NICU
    If I were her, I wouldn't be taking anymore travel assignments in AZ.

    AZ hospitals have had a bad reputation among travelers anyway - sort of right up there with FL (horrible pay and worse assignments)
  8. by   suzanne4
    I worked agency in Arizona for 14 years and always had great assignments.
    One fo my favorite facilities was Yuma Regional in Yuma. Actually would commute 200 miles to work there, would go for a few days together at a time.
    Also worked in Kingman, Flagstaff, etc...............their nurseries and the staff was great. St. Joes in Phx, one of my all time favorites....as well as JC Lincoln.

    not sure what is going on with the hospitals or why the agencies are accepting that for their nurses................
  9. by   jnette
    Quote from zenman
    This is a good thread. Why don't we list every hospital to steer clear of...and then "leak" the results to the news. Hello, CNN! :chuckle

    WOW.... that is sooooooooooooo sad, so unacceptable !!!

    I agree with zenman... ppl need to KNOW of this BS !!!
  10. by   suzanne4
    More importantly, the agency that placed the nurse there. They should be aware of where they are placing staff, and not just looking at numbers. Unfortunately, they do not take the nurse into account many times. They should also shoulder the blame................they were the one that placed the nurse there.

    It is the agency's responsibility not to place a nurse where they would be jeopardizing their license.
    Last edit by suzanne4 on Jul 11, '04
  11. by   NRSKarenRN
    While I support the notion that nurses should NOT be working under these conditions. i am concerned about this "second hand" info being viewed publically.

    BB have been sued for slander so closing for Brians input.

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