I work multiple units on the float pool. The med surge units are always short staffed and they have been cutting ancillary staff (techs, secretary) and giving nurses 6-7 patients at night. Nurses are required to do all phlebotomy as well. They have high expectations for what should be done, yet keep adding more patients. In the last three years this health system went from 4-5 at night, to 5 at night, to 6 at night, to now wanting to give 7 without adding anymore techs. With the Mercy merger it has just gotten worse.