Proof Positive that administrators already KNOW how to fix the problem of the bedside nurse shortage. They just won't spend the money ......YET.
"Better with Age -
Lorraine Steefel, RN, MSN
Masthead Date June 04, 2001
Like a fine wine, nurses and their skills improve with time.
SHE’S NEEDED. She’s wanted. There may have been times during her 30-something-year nursing career that Nell Cantin* doubted it. Recent changes in hospital policy and practice are positive proof of her “valuable” employee status. First came patient-nurse ratio mandates of no greater than 5:1. Then patient beds that turn into chairs were purchased.
Better working conditions, shift flexibility, no mandatory overtime, and higher salaries all made this older RN happy to remain in her chosen profession.
If you’re wondering where Cantin works, it’s the “hospital of the future.”.........
...When older RNs leave the workforce, they’ll take with them a great deal of the collective clinical experience and knowledge base of the profession. Even getting a small percentage to work a few more years will have a relatively large impact. The following issues are important enough to make older staff nurses consider extending their work life:
TOP TEN REASONS WHY Older Staff RNs Would Extend Their Work Life:
10.Supportive workplaces with free expression of ideas, friendship, and encouragement
9.Social interaction with peers, patients, and other disciplines
8.More control over their work setting
7.Participation in decision making
6.Work recognition, encouragement, and positive feedback from supervisors
5.Less-strenuous jobs that use their experience
4.Ergonomically friendly, safe and effective workplaces
3.Economic incentives (includes salary, compensation, health benefits, etc)
2.Favorable work schedules
1.Retirement programs that make working longer attractive
“The question is a matter of preparation,” says Mary Foley, RN, MS, president of the American Nurses Association. “Are our institutions prepared to accommodate the older nurse? Are our working institutions ready to accommodate a knowledgeable worker who cannot contribute the hours, but is still valuable? On the other hand, despite the difficulties of aging, can older nurses rise to another challenge — that of helping reform a workplace that can benefit from their strong work ethic?” Because older RNs are less likely to tolerate a workplace where they experience lack of respect by physicians and administrators, among others, or unreasonable restrictions on their autonomy and control over nursing practice, hospitals should examine the culture of their organizations and remove such practices and behaviors............"
for full article go to: http://community.nursingspectrum.com...e.cfm?AID=4177
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Mar 31, '05
Quote from jnette
Amen. But we all know that $$ talks and good nurses walk. :stone
At my facility I am the most recent nurse, and I'm in my ninth year now ! The others have all been there 12 years or more. And getting ready to walk. How sad is that?
Can't help but wonder if they're not TRYING to push us out the door.. and replace us with newbies they can either pay less or who are so happy to have a job, they'll put up with anything.
I'm not sure about your last statement though Jnette.
One of the more interesting debates has been about the difference between Baby Boomer nurses and those who have come after.
Baby Boomer nurses were more likely to sacrifice family time for the job. More likely to work overtime. More likely to put up with difficult work situations. It was the "work ethic" taught that generation of people.
Those who came after have surprised the older nurses with their unwillingness to come in on days off, work overtime, put up with crap.
I've read many articles about this phenomenon . . and experienced it where I work. (Even though I'm a Boomer . . . I say no to working more than my scheduled shifts and no to overtime . .. .well, most of the time - I stayed 3 hours over last night with an OB due to heavy ER patients and my replacement was helping in there). There is an attitude among the nurses who have been here a long time that I'm selfish. "This is the way we've always done it".
I'd like to see the research that new grads will put up with stuff we don't. I think it might be the opposite. Couple that with the fact that most of us Boomers are realizing that it isn't healthy to continue to work in situations that are abusive to us, body, mind and soul . . I think that might be the reason things are changing for the better in the hospitals. The "nursing shortage" was nurses finally saying "no!".
I have no real evidence to back all this up of course . . .I have just read alot about how to bridge the gap between the work expectations of your staff when they are from different generations.
Rambling on here . . .
Last edit by Spidey's mom on Mar 31, '05
: Reason: typos