We, the night shift employees of UCHealth MCR, come to work everyday to improve the lives of our patients. As of recently, we have made several sacrifices and been flexible to constant change in our workplace while still showing up to provide excellent care to our patients.
Many of us work 12+ hour shifts which gives us little time between shifts to get adequate sleep while taking care of ourselves and our families. The struggle of maintaing a good work-life balance is compounded while working overnight. Because of this, several night shift employees utilize the convenience of the cafeteria for our lunch. Provided meals through the cafeteria is often the highlight of the night- it gives us healthy options, space to re-energize, and easy access to nourishment to get through the night.
Many changes have been placed upon us lately, but one that has been the most bothersome is losing our cafeteria at night. We understand that budgets are evaluated to ensure clinical resources for patient care, but we feel that our basic needs as employees and our job satisfaction were not evaluated prior to making this decision.
We would like management to explore other options to maintain the financial wellbeing of the hospital that are not just going to impact the night shift staff, who already work with fewer resources. We want to be involved in the discussion to find solutions for limiting the financial burden that the hospital is facing.