NURSES RUN THE HOSPITALS!!!
I am very worried as well about the future of nursing. I have only been an RN for two years and already I can see some unsettling situations in the next 5 to 10 years.
First, it is true that in 1999 there was a drop in enrollments to nursing schools
nation- wide. Second, the average age of a nurse in the US is 44, and many nurses are at the age of retirement. Third, baby boomers are most definitely aging and needing more health care.
I was just saying to my husband, why aren't Americans more concerned about this grave situation in health care? Low and behold, I saw a highlight of CBS evening news with Dan Rather and one of the stories on Dec. 28 was the nursing shortage. Well, it's about time the mainstream media WOKE UP!! If people only new what kinds of conditions they are headed for within a hospital, and how over worked, underpaid and short staffed their nurses are, they would be shaking with fear of any illness.
Nurses truly care and want to give the best to their patients. It is this healthcare as a business for profit that is so hard to understand and seems to be the root canal and the cavitiy all in one.
At my hospital, I recently found out that one of the CEO's got paid $ 543,080 last year, which translates to $2,088 per each DAY of work!!!! This does not even include the bonus pay of $70,000 he got according to the rumors around my unitl, I don't know for absolute sure if the bonus was this much, but it is pretty reliable. This means he made over a million dollars last year.
Now, I am not saying CEO's should not get paid a decent wage, but this is absolutely RIDICULOUS!!! Nurses are taking on more and more with little advancement in their pay so the CEO's and upper management can live in luxury and wealth. THE PATIENTS ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE REALLY GETTING JIPPED! I feel so angry that administration is willing to do what they are doing.
If anyone saw the clip on CBS evening news last night, what did you think?
God help the sick and dying in the US ithe next 10 years. I certainly will be praying for them.