Staffing Shortage at Western State Hospital

Western State Hospital officials say the facility is experiencing a critical staffing shortage, especially in its nursing department. Full Story
Marlena

Virginia Beach, VA

#1 Dec 29, 2010
Every where is starting to get short handed and its making it hard to give the care that is being needed. Mistakes are going to be made without the proper staffing because after awhile the workers that are left gets tired and burned out. This is a recipe for disaster.
scene enough

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Dec 29, 2010
Marlena, agreed! I don't think a whole lot of people are going to get upset about this though. This is unfortunate. The mental healthcare in this country is deteriorating. I realize that this is an institution and not outpatient therapy however, theses kinds of cuts occur for them too. Everybody was on the Mental healthcare bandwagon after Va. Tech. I don't think anyone could have prevented that, but I do think that mental healthcare is going downhill and is about to get worse.
citizen

United States

#3 Dec 29, 2010
A high risk work environment---PC notwithstanding
Boo

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Dec 29, 2010
State employees are barely keeping their heads above water on our salaries; no raises for four years, they're robbing our retirement -- UVa will be getting hit next if we don't start getting treated better . . .
Nurse

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Dec 29, 2010
There are several reasons why nurses do not apply or stay at western state hospital. The hours are terrible with staffing shortages and the pay is substandard for the level of care and time required by patients. Plus you have a one year probation period there where if any complaint made on you true or false made by a mentally ill patient you will be terminated. Not a very competative area of employment.
citizen

United States

#6 Dec 29, 2010
Nurse wrote:
There are several reasons why nurses do not apply or stay at western state hospital. The hours are terrible with staffing shortages and the pay is substandard for the level of care and time required by patients. Plus you have a one year probation period there where if any complaint made on you true or false made by a mentally ill patient you will be terminated. Not a very competative area of employment.
So spread the word and make sure your friends don't put themselves in a dangerous environment. No job is worth your life and in this day and age of empowerment the fruitcakes have a lot more rights than those few of us that pay taxes.
citizen

United States

#7 Dec 29, 2010
Nurse wrote:
There are several reasons why nurses do not apply or stay at western state hospital. The hours are terrible with staffing shortages and the pay is substandard for the level of care and time required by patients. Plus you have a one year probation period there where if any complaint made on you true or false made by a mentally ill patient you will be terminated. Not a very competative area of employment.
By the way a lot of nurses are getting jobs overseas with the US military and even foreign hospitals. The companies that cater to medical tourism are always looking for nurses. I have met American nurses in tropical Costa Rica that wouldn't come back here for anything. Nurses have many overseas employment opportunities.
mow

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Dec 29, 2010
The right wing knuckleheads in Richmond want to privatize the local CSB's. Virginia is already ranked at the bottom in mental health care. It's sad but not surprising having lived here in the south long enough to see what the priorities are. Guns & Ammo.
Boo

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Dec 30, 2010
mow wrote:
The right wing knuckleheads in Richmond want to privatize the local CSB's. Virginia is already ranked at the bottom in mental health care. It's sad but not surprising having lived here in the south long enough to see what the priorities are. Guns & Ammo.
If people would "MAN UP" and pull themselves together, these mental hospitals wouldn't be so crowded!! And be careful who you call "kuckleheads" -- we're usually the ones actually WORKING to take care of the rest of you!!
only the truth

Rocky Mount, VA

#10 Dec 30, 2010
Nurse wrote:
There are several reasons why nurses do not apply or stay at western state hospital. The hours are terrible with staffing shortages and the pay is substandard for the level of care and time required by patients. Plus you have a one year probation period there where if any complaint made on you true or false made by a mentally ill patient you will be terminated. Not a very competative area of employment.
Are you serious? one complaint against you whether true or false and you are terminated? no investiagtion?

I know that is a really ahrd palce to work. I know people that have completed nursing rotations there and have heard horror stories. It's amazing if one can work there and end up leaving sane.
Darrel

East Granby, CT

#11 Oct 6, 2013
Boo wrote:
<quoted text> If people would "MAN UP" and pull themselves together, these mental hospitals wouldn't be so crowded!! And be careful who you call "kuckleheads" -- we're usually the ones actually WORKING to take care of the rest of you!!
Boo wrote:
<quoted text> If people would "MAN UP" and pull themselves together, these mental hospitals wouldn't be so crowded!! And be careful who you call "kuckleheads" -- we're usually the ones actually WORKING to take care of the rest of you!!
It's because of disenfranchising people like you that they ARE crowded! What's worse? Being called a 'knucklehead' or having folks tell you they should fight through pain they couldn't handle themselves?
The Wandering Jew

Petersburg, VA

#12 Mar 23, 2014
mow wrote:
The right wing knuckleheads in Richmond want to privatize the local CSB's. Virginia is already ranked at the bottom in mental health care. It's sad but not surprising having lived here in the south long enough to see what the priorities are. Guns & Ammo.
How else you going to keep the a holes from breaking in and raping your daughter, the jails and nut houses are full, sorely mismanaged and the staff they do have are not properly empowered. In my first 15 years as RN, martial artist and Vietnam vet with headcount, I took no crap off these would be patients. down to the ground, 18 gauge 1''5/8 needle and then the cocktail. Now these clowns have all the rights. I worked at eastern twice, 180 fist fights fist round and over 80 the second round. No staff ever got hurt, the patient had a bruised ego, se la vie.

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