Y'all we made the NBC news. Only a couple of years late, but we made it......(said sardonically)
About the "NEW shortage." Of guess what? NURSES! They just discovered this I guess. And then they asked the........AMA....about it.
April 5- Increasingly, there is a severe shortage of nurses in America's hospitals, which is having a direct and sometimes deadly impact on patients and their families.
The American Medical Association says that since the 1980s, the number of women entering nursing has declined as high-paying opportunities for women have expanded in other areas.Many hospital administrators warn that the nursing shortage will only become worse in the years to come. They foresee an aging population filling up hospitals while many of today's nurses are retiring.
Nationwide, hospitals have a shortfall of 126,000 nurses. The Journal of The American Medical Association says that number could grow to 400,000 in the next decade or so.
Hospitals, desperate to fill vacancies, are trying to attract nurses with offers of big bonuses and higher pay. But so far, this shortage adds up to a chronic medical problem without any quick miracle cure.
Whoop dee doo!......
Apr 6, '02
Our union (New York State Nurses Association) has staffing ratios in many of our contracts & is obtaining them in even more as old contracts come up for negotiations.
At one of our hospitals, St Lukes Roosevelt in Mahattan, RNs have had ratios specified in the contract since the early 1980's. The RNs obtained specific ratios in our contract at my hospital in Dec 2000. Our contract specifies the ratio of RNs to pt, - as well as LPNs and CNAs to RN - by unit and shift.
The hospital fought it tooth & nail too - until we took a strike vote on Dec 6th 2000 & gave a 98.something % approval to our union to strike over it. The hospital suddenly agreed to our ratios & we had a contract by Dec 13th without having to strike. But that was a very tense week.
Stand united & you can do it. Good luck to you.
Last edit by -jt on Apr 6, '02