Oramar, according to the article, these remarks were made at a forum sponsered by the PSNA for nurse educators and administrators. The interesting things about this are: 1) this was a small group of nurses and it was published in the local business news section of the paper; 2) although a small group of nurses, think of the potential power that this group has-- the educators of nursing students, aand the nursing administrators who have the possible power to advocate to increase nursing salaries and hire more nurses in the workplace. And 3) this was a forum sponsored by the PSNA, part of the ANA, which has been so vocal in bringing the nursing shortage to the publics' attention.
I am sure that if this meeting would have occured even 1 year ago, it wouldn't have hit the newspapers then. And even though it is such a small group of nurses, the potential political clout that this group has may cause some positive changes in the local area.
The idea of 1 nurse- and a new grad at that!- having 30 oncology patients and no help just scares the daylights out of me!!! I hope that that educator was a lot more emphatic in telling that new nurse to quit than the way the article put it.