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Is there still a nursing shortage? If so where & how has it affected staffing & hours?... Read More

  1. by   Navy Nurse
    The nursing shortage is real and will only get worse. Who is to blame for shortage? NURSES
    Who is to blame for getting treated with no respect? NURSES
    Who is to blame for unsafe working conditions? NURSES
    And the list could go on and on.
  2. by   OC_An Khe
    Originally posted by Navy Nurse:
    The nursing shortage is real and will only get worse. Who is to blame for shortage? NURSES
    Who is to blame for getting treated with no respect? NURSES
    Who is to blame for unsafe working conditions? NURSES
    And the list could go on and on.
    Your are right that nurses share "the Blame"
    by some of their inactions. But its their actions that will be the solution to these problems.
  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    OK Navy Nurse what should we do? I mean NOW, however if you want to explain more I'll be interested to read it.
  4. by   redd0711
    i work as unit clinical coordinator at a 200+ bed hospital. we are also beginning to feel the effects of the shortage. i have recently been placed on a retention and recruitment committee to look for creative ways at improving our r&r. i work at a great hospital with a very good ceo and nursing ceo. our hospital does give us a christmas bonus and numerous other perks throughout the year. but evidently these things are not enough when you are overworked and understaffed in some areas of the hospital during high census. the icu and er are now receiving $50 extra for every half shift worked over their regular and $100 for every whole shift worked. hospitals are going to have to offer alot more than just money to retain staff. longevity bonuses possibly, flexible hours, onsight daycare to accommodate 12 hour shifts, the list goes on. the baylor may one day ride again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  5. by   msdttob


    Dear redd0711
    I am glad to hear your compliments on your ceo's. It is encouraging. I also have a boss
    who is willing to be flexible w/ my work hrs
    I am at present able to have 5d off in a row
    almost every wk. & still maintain on prt time status. However, I am sure that the shortage
    has not affected this region as yet. We do have a couple of RN's just about 8 yrs older than myself who have paid their dues & are
    ready to slash their work hrs. but on the other hand there are a couple of RN's on noc shift who are complaining that they are not
    getting enough hrs because there are to many
    RN's on night shift. These are good nurses
    & generally very nice people but they are
    concerned about pay. I offered to give up an
    8 hr shift once a month so that one of our very talented new BSN grads could get some more hrs.I do not mind doing this at the present. Also the slow down in the economy
    may affect how quickly the hospitals jump in
    to start offering such positive draws as Baylor which I'd really like to see come back
    but I'm not holding my breath. I hope that you are sucessful in attracting nurses. Good luck in your new position. Thank you for your
    response.


    Originally posted by redd0711:
    i work as unit clinical coordinator at a 200+ bed hospital. we are also beginning to feel the effects of the shortage. i have recently been placed on a retention and recruitment committee to look for creative ways at improving our r&r. i work at a great hospital with a very good ceo and nursing ceo. our hospital does give us a christmas bonus and numerous other perks throughout the year. but evidently these things are not enough when you are overworked and understaffed in some areas of the hospital during high census. the icu and er are now receiving $50 extra for every half shift worked over their regular and $100 for every whole shift worked. hospitals are going to have to offer alot more than just money to retain staff. longevity bonuses possibly, flexible hours, onsight daycare to accommodate 12 hour shifts, the list goes on. the baylor may one day ride again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. by   cmggriff
    Navy Nurse, I have been reading these boards for a long time and never felt the need to write until now. The concept that nurses are to blame for the problems of nursing is common and wrong. This shortage began in the 80's with DRG's and the AHA whining that many hospitals would close d/t loss of revenue. We were told that everyone who worked for the hospital would have to get by with less and do more with it. This was the first time I heard the phrase "Work smarter, not harder." Hospitals laid off nurses, cut benefits and did not fill vacant positions.
    For the next 15 years hospitals have recorded
    the highest revenues in history. Those of us who have been nurses for several years can recall any number of lies and misinformation from admin weenies over the years. We have used and abused for a long time and it is time to quit finding fault with ourselves, and start working on the problems.
  7. by   blindog45
    There sure is a nursing shortage. At the hospital I work we are pulled to different units all the time, given max pt. loads and expected to function like we have worked this unit before. The CEO's make too much money!!PERIOD!!! They make the decisions concerning the hospital but they should not make decisions concerning us.
    My employer is spending 30 Million on a 4 story tower. It is going to increase the emergency department by 50%. Also, a new Cardiac Unit, Another Med Surg Unit. The reasoning is because we cannot meet the publics demand for beds. Great. But where are the Nurses going to come from?? There isnt enough nurses now. My employer is 165 nursing personel short now. That includes RN's, LPN's and NA's. Thats still too much. When answering where the new nurses are going to come from, they say, "We are going to recruit them from nursing school to fill the gaps". YEA, RIGHT!! If they could do this, they would do it now, why wait. The truth is, the new units will stay closed because there is no nurses to work it.
    AND, They are renovating the Lobby, cost is 65,000$$.
    All this money being spent, and today I recieve my yearly raise increase letter. My raise is 3 percent.3 PERCENT!!!!!! No wonder nobody wants to get in nursing. Millions of dollars spent on renovation and new buildings, but no money spent on KEEPING the employees they have. If there is a nursing shortage, its for a very good reason.
    And that reason is the Hospitals and other healthcare agencies are not taking care of the Nurses they have now. People see this, and recognize it, and they say " Screw this proffession" they do not want to work 40 years, with there back thrown out, feet hurting and who knows what other infectious diseases we may pick up, Scabies, HIV, Hep. etc. Nursing is a high risk profession with low risk payoff.

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