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 hospital setting in years. There patient care to say the least is frightening!
I've spoken with my unit manager regarding the level of care these nurses provide and was basically confronted with "beggars can't be choosers." I've tried giving these nurses the "easier" patients and smaller patient loads, but it doesn't seem fair that someone who is bring home a killer paycheck should get away with doing less work.
Any sugesstions for dealing with this delema would be greatly appreciated, or any personal experiences with agency nurses. Does anyone know where all the nurses are going? Is there some miracle nursing jobs out there that I'm not aware of?