Director of nursing proposal to hired new grads and dont overwork current RN staff

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    If you were a director of nursing in a hospital, LTC, hospice etc etc etc. What will be your proposal to fix unemployment that new graduated RN, LVN experience after graduation; taking in consideration that a LOT! of them get a job after searching for 6months or one year; and how will you keep current RNs working in the facility happy and dont overwork neither stress out. A lot of nurses eat breakfast at 6am and have lunch at 3pm and uses the restroom once maybe twice in a 12hr shift since they are SOOOO busy running from one patient to the next.

    Any ideas? I believe all will have to start in having an agreement between school that train new nurses, director of nursing in facilities and hiring managers.

    Any inputs?

    Thank you!
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    It's not the director of nursing's job to solve unemployment. Nor is it their interest to make current RN's happy or releive stress. Their primary interest is in the bottom line (ie money). This is why ratios are so high in some places.

    New grads cost a ton of money to train & retain. Most springboard off to something else. Why would I, if I were a director of nursing, be interested?

    Don't get me wrong I know the job hunt sucks these days, but everyone has to answer to someone- even the director of nursing.
    roser13, canoehead, mba2bsn, and 5 others like this.
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    Is this a school assignment? The concept of nursing schools entering into an "agreement" with nursing managers and Directors of Nursing is pretty funny. It sounds as if it sprang from the brain of a nursing instructor.
    Last edit by roser13 on Apr 6, '11
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    I agree with the above posts that it is not the Director of Nursing' job, but the administrators and CEOs' need to meet with the nurse managers and DON to figure out a way to hire, train and retain new nurse graduates . One of the major reasons why new grads leave after a year or less is because of the high amount of stress. It takes time for a new grad to build confidence in themselves because only experience and practice will make a nurse well rounded and an expert in his or her specialty. The documentation everywhere for nursing is redundant and time consuming!!!!!!! Which leaves less time to spend with the patient which makes me think that it is all about protection and money and the patients welfare comes last!!!!!. Nursing comes with a certain amount of stress but we should not feel like we have been put in a washing machine at the end of a 12 hr shift. Nursing is a great career without the burn out and politics. The only way to change it is for us to stick together and not be against each other!!! Hooray!! to all of our nurses worldwide.
    LPNnowRN and Miriam57RN like this.
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    Would be nice.. but hospitals, LTC etc are thrilled they have so many choices to fill a job and sometimes they can get it all for less money.. Not their jobs to fix too many nurses getting schooling in an area that does not have jobs.. I, myself blame the government with it's bizarre predictions and continued propaganda about a fictitious "Nursing Shortage".
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    If you were a director of nursing in a hospital, LTC, hospice etc etc etc. What will be your proposal to fix unemployment that new graduated RN, LVN experience after graduation; taking in consideration that a LOT! of them get a job after searching for 6months or one year; and how will you keep current RNs working in the facility happy and dont overwork neither stress out. A lot of nurses eat breakfast at 6am and have lunch at 3pm and uses the restroom once maybe twice in a 12hr shift since they are SOOOO busy running from one patient to the next.

    Any ideas? I believe all will have to start in having an agreement between school that train new nurses, director of nursing in facilities and hiring managers.

    Any inputs?

    Thank you!
    I would make For Profit Health Care illegal. Only when money is stopped from flowing into selective pockets, will the money then flow where it should. The nursing job market would eventually become a beneficiary as more funds become available. Of course, the money interests that have traditionally fed from this health care trough would never allow their lucrative meal ticket to be taken away.
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    Quote from Emergency RN
    I would make For Profit Health Care illegal. Only when money is stopped from flowing into selective pockets, will the money then flow where it should. The nursing job market would eventually become a beneficiary as more funds become available. Of course, the money interests that have traditionally fed from this health care trough would never allow their lucrative meal ticket to be taken away.
    Not true for all non profits. I worked for a non profit and you know what they did? They took their money and built a brand new multi million dollar hospital and in the mean time closed their free clinic and gave the CEO $3 million bonus. Just because a hospital says they are non profit doesn't mean the money goes back into the hospitals to help patients.
    roser13, Nccity2002, and AnaCatRN like this.
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    Check out the thread on the new internship at Massachusettes General. The new RN interns will be making less that $12.00 per hour (plus benefits). That's how it can be done.
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    Quote from ckh23
    Just because a hospital says they are non profit doesn't mean the money goes back into the hospitals to help patients.
    That is true -- but the fact that one (or more) nonprofits is behaving as badly as the for-profits is certainly no justification for or defense of for-profit healthcare businesses ...

    I, also, would looooove to see for-profit status completely eliminated in healthcare (starting with, of course, the insurance companies!) I don't expect to see it happen, though; this country operates on "the "Golden Rule" -- those with the gold make the rules.
    ckh23, Emergency RN, and BrookeeLou_RN like this.


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