Can anyone tell me why there is a nurse shortage??? - page 2

I will be a new nursing student in the fall but am wondering why so many people are leaving the nursing profession? :confused: Could some of you help me out here and let me know what is going on. ... Read More

  1. by   l.rae
    originally posted by cen35
    thanks fedup..........


    me
    ditto what fedup says!!.....hey rick....it's about @&!@# time buddy.....welcome back.......lr
  2. by   BBFRN
    Originally posted by EricaCCRN
    I am happy that you chose nursing but I cannot in good conscience lie to you. RUN, kid, RUN!!!
    :chuckle :chuckle :roll
  3. by   fedupnurse
    Hey l.rae maye we should start a thread: Where the bleep has CEN35 been??????
  4. by   Mattigan
    CEN35 took the words right outta my mouth.
  5. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by mark_LD_RN
    ....i also think since it is a predominately female vocation.that it gets less respect mainly do to old stereo typing. this is another reason i think more males entering nursing will beniefit all nurses as a whole...
    I know this is an awful thing to say, but I would really like to work in an environment with more men than women. I'd like a boss who is a man. In my opinion, I repeat, IN MY OPINION AND IN MY EXPERIENCE males are less emotional and more objective. This can be a plus or a minus, depending on one's situation, but for ME I respond better in a male-dominated work place.

    I know, I know, I chose the wrong profession for that.
  6. by   nursedawn67
    Overworked and underpaid.
  7. by   B.Wilhelm
    I think if you were to combine all the replies, you would have your answer. It's definitely NOT for the money, respect, or words of praise from administration!
  8. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by B.Wilhelm
    I think if you were to combine all the replies, you would have your answer. It's definitely NOT for the money, respect, or words of praise from administration!
    Exactly!
  9. by   spineCNOR
    What they said!!!

    When I was in high school in the late 60's a young woman had few career choices - teacher, secretary, wife and mother, and nurse--today women can do or be anything!!

    Back in the early 70's when I began my nursing career hospitals were there as a service to the community. Today - hospitals are big business. Hospital administrators see nurses as a labor cost, not as an asset to the hospital, and certainly not as professionals. I believe that most hospital administrators have any real understanding of the work that nurses do, and the difference nurses can make in their patients' lives. Therefore, hospital administrations are trying to make do with fewer nurses and more unlicensed workers, greatly increasing the burden and legal liability of the nurses they have.

    Last, but not least, nurses in the hospital setting are treated with a great deal of disrespect from doctors and administrators.

    I truly wish you the best - good nurses are needed. There are good places to work, it just takes work to find them!
  10. by   ruffhouser
    Originally posted by LasVegasRN

    I know this is an awful thing to say, but I would really like to work in an environment with more men than women. I'd like a boss who is a man. In my opinion, I repeat, IN MY OPINION AND IN MY EXPERIENCE males are less emotional and more objective. This can be a plus or a minus, depending on one's situation, but for ME I respond better in a male-dominated work place.

    I know, I know, I chose the wrong profession for that.
    I don't think that you said anything that was awful. I am a new RN. My supervisors are fine thus far. However, in my former line of work (banking), I had both male and female supervisors. For the most part, I found that the male bosses were much easier to work with, especially when it came to family issues (sick child, etc.). I never abused the family issues thing, but the male bosses were always willing to work with me while the females were very difficult and catty. Just my $0.02!
  11. by   Texman
    Nurses have a tremendous amount of emotional stress, physical work and little appreciation. Nurses can now make well over six figures with little effort. I certainly appreciate the shortage, but if you are going to be a nurse expect to work your tail off, but also expect to be rewarded for all your hard work.
  12. by   RyanRN
    SIX FIGURES ! , where do YOU work Texman? I mean if your NOT at the bedside and are willing to work 7 nights a week and maybe have a wife at home -- but it's not that prevalent as far as I can see.
  13. by   Texman
    Travelers can work four shifts a week and do well over six figures, nearly six with three shifts a week in a specialty area (ER, ICU, OR, L&D). The money is out there for anybody willing to go and get it.

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