Greenfield Recorder: My spouse works at least four 12-hour shifts a week because the hospital does not have enough staff scheduled. Every day she receives texts stating the hospital needs nurses to fill open shifts.
When she wakes, my spouse knows it’s going to be a difficult night because there is a text waiting for her. When she gets home, I see the physical exhaustion from her having not sat down for 12 hours while taking care of six patients at one time, when studies show four patients is safe.
Her patients need constant care and there are new nurses who need help too. I see the emotional exhaustion when my spouse questions the quality of care her patients receive. I see the worry on her face, hoping she didn’t miss something, hoping her patients are OK. I’ve seen the guilt when nurses do miss something because they were spread too thin. I have seen sorrow when my spouse has lost a patient. I could never be a nurse like my spouse.
The nurses at BFMC are doing everything they can to take care of us and keep our community safe. I wish I could say the same about Baystate.