A friend of mine, who is an LPN, was telling me that she was offered a brand new 2003 jeep cherokee and help with financing a new home if she would work at some hospital in florida! eek: I could not believe it! could this mean some people are paying attention to the shortage??!!
Anyway, I was interested in finding out if there are other places like this, has anyone else heard of any outstanding recruitment efforts for nurses?I would love to hear from you!Thanks-Tara
Jun 18, '03
i have heard of all kinds of recruitment efforts, but the bottom line is--what kind of working conditions will she be faced with? How long does she have to stay at the hospital to reap the rewards? There is often a catch with these things, and handing out gifts does not make for a good job. At the end of the day, you may have your new car and bonus, but have to care for 15 patients a shift, have to beg and grovel for overtime (which is mandatory), and so on.
These are not outstanding recruitment efforts. Outstanding recruitment efforts take the form of offering a job with good pay, good benefits, and safe and decent working conditions for both the nurse and patients. That is the bottom line.
The gifts, the bonuses, the hype--these are not cures for the shortage. They are short term eye candy, which are meaningless if these hospitals do not improve anything else. Hospitals have been offering rewards, bonuses, and so on, since the 1970s, every time a shortage crops up. And the reason we are having shortages right now is because working conditions have deteriorated, not improved. If in 1970, hospitals took it upon themselves to elevate nursing to a highly respected well paid profession--and nurses themselves stood up for themselves, their rights, their patients, and demanded decent pay, respect and safe working conditions--there would be no shortage right now.:kiss
Last edit by roxannekkb on Jun 18, '03