Berkshire Eagle: This isn’t about a statewide agenda, this is about our hospital and our patients. We are the ones who face real people in fear and need everyday. Our patient satisfaction scores are high because we work hard to make each patient feel they are a priority. But we only have so many hands, and there aren’t enough anymore.
I would invite anyone to follow the night charge nurse with seven patients, responsible for an entire floor as well as complete assessments on admissions, the mother-baby charge nurse with two patients in active labor while mentoring a new nurse with a patient in crisis, the medical/surgical nurses without a charge nurse at all for an entire weekend. Walk a mile in our shoes.