Nursing Shortage - page 3

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I'm a nurse on a med/surg floor in a local hospital. The heat from the nusing shortage is obviously hitting hard...and fast! To suppliment the regular staff, agency nuses are being brought in...some who haven't worked in the... Read More


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    I think mcrow has the right answer.
    I believe there are nurses who would fill lines if administration would make lines available!
    But....if once upon a shift-from-hell 5 nurses were enough to keep disaster from happening (which is not the same as being enough to deliver quality care) then 5 nurses it is..why pay for 6 or 7?
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    First of all, I do believe that there is a shortage and it's going to get worse before it get's better. I believe it's partially due to hospitals themselves cutting back on personnel to save money, and also because there is a high turnover of nurses due to burnout. HMOs and top hosp execs are making the big bucks, NOT the agency nurses. I am an agency nurse. I get the same pay as my peers working in hospitals locally but have virtually no benefits. So be a little patient with the agency nurses that are there to assist. Imagine life without them.
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    AMEN to that. We have been using agency people to fill in holes at our facility, and I think they are great.
    Our shift would be alot messier if she didnt show up. I dont care how much money she makes, as long as comes in and helps us out.
    When Im on and charge she wont get dumped on either, not on my floor.
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    I think the nurisng shortage is a direct result of the changes that managed care has brought on. Yes, our hospitals have expected far more from the nurses than ever and it is only getting worse. The hospitals are forced to cut cost to stay afloat. Insurance companies and Medicare will only pay if the DRG is appropriate and only for a certain length of time. Now, think about it! Someone sits behing a desk in wing tipped shoes, with their trusty little stamper, making decisions on whether or not a patient QUALIFIES for inpatient stay. Everyone is afftected, even the doctors.
    We do put not just our license, but our entire futures on the line every single time we punch that time clock. I became a nurse because I wanted to be the kind of nurse that nurtures and gives care in a respectful manner. What I found is "FLY BY NURSING"!!! Only enough time to fly in, do a task and fly out. Many times I barely had time to even look at my patient to see thier face! The frustration I felt was more than I could handle. Nurses are leaving the field in groves, and it is no wonder. We can't continue to be expected to work like dogs forever. Heck, my dog gets better treatment, so that is a bad analogy!
    I don't know where the answer lies, but I do know, I could not tolerate what I saw any longer. I've turned my INTERVENTION knowledge into PREVENTION.


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    The problem is that the hospitals and long term care facilities are getting away with unsafe staffing. There seem to be no rules. They seem to be able to staff anyway that they want. I started a petition to mandate safe staffing levels its at http://www.e-thepeople.com/affiliate...1&PETID=360310
    but nobody seems to be signing it. I don't understand why. You can also see the context of the petition on my post here thats titled: UNSAFE healthcare. I would think that nurses would be signing it in droves, If anybody can tell me why people aren't signing it I would sure appreciate it. Thanks.
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    Originally posted by Anonymous Registered Nurs:
    The problem is that the hospitals and long term care facilities are getting away with unsafe staffing. There seem to be no rules. They seem to be able to staff anyway that they want. I started a petition to mandate safe staffing levels its at http://www.e-thepeople.com/affiliate...1&PETID=360310
    but nobody seems to be signing it. I don't understand why. You can also see the context of the petition on my post here thats titled: UNSAFE healthcare. I would think that nurses would be signing it in droves, If anybody can tell me why people aren't signing it I would sure appreciate it. Thanks.
    I dont think anyone is signing because they dont know who you are and what or where you intend to uise this petition.
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    Anonymous Registered Nurs,

    Most people dont fill out such detailed forms asking personal information as your petition ask for. I also agree with boomer's comments.

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    Originally posted by boomer:
    I dont think anyone is signing because they dont know who you are and what or where you intend to uise this petition.
    Thanks Boomer, I appreciate your reponse. I am a Critical Care nurse in a Rural, not for profit hospital. I just became so upset about the unsafe staffing that is going on in my hospital, that I felt that I had to do something. I heard that California passed nurse to patient ratios and thought that if it was National that alot of patients could benefit from it. I had seen a websight were you could start a petition so I went there and started one. It is going to be sent to George Bush and Al Gore only. Thanks again for your response, I really appreciate it.

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    Originally posted by bshort:
    Anonymous Registered Nurs,

    Most people dont fill out such detailed forms asking personal information as your petition ask for. I also agree with boomer's comments.

    Thanks for responding, I didn't even think about that form, that the website asks you to fill in. I have signed other petitions on that website and did find it annoying that they asked for all my personal information. I totally understand if people don't want to sign for that reason.


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