Retraining Displaced Workers As Nurses - page 3

by TheCommuter Asst. Admin

When the economy started to slump after the financial meltdown in the U.S. several years ago, masses of displaced workers suddenly began to view nursing as a safe haven. The nursing profession has been a magnet for many... Read More


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    Quote from dudette10
    netglow: Here's the text of the press release.



    I have mixed feelings on this. I'd like to see the fine print on the contract between the City and the companies that hire the graduates. I would also like to see a residency requirement for the employee. People fake their permanent addresses all the time.

    Example: I was enrolling my son in our local Chicago public high school. The registration letter clearly indicated that a birth certificate of the child, a state ID of the parent, and a recent utility bill proving enrollment boundary residency be provided. The person in front of me had a US birth cert for the kid, an out-of-country ID for the parent, and a year-old non-utility bill with a different name that had a local address on it. Guess what? The kid was enrolled. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
    So what did you do about it?
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    dudette, yes i did find that release too. but the one i was thinking of was a live news conference i think earlier by a few months where he talked about nurses ...i think i remember him also saying that dupage county nurses shouldn't be taking cook county nurse jobs, etc. then he went on about alliances with rush, loyola etc. and the like.
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    Quote from kcmylorn
    In my day; nurses had to have stellar grads to gain entry, continiously and stay in the program and hopefully to get to graduate. Like I posted- Nursing was not on the "hot" list for careers. We didn't have all these back door avenues to get into nursing school.......

    .......There is only a very small percentage out there today that "should" be a nurse, just as it was back then. We used to have a phrase back then- "not nursing material"- well that still holds true still today,. only now the pool of nurses is greater and the great majority of which "are not nursing material"
    I hear you! I graduated this may from a Community College that is admittedly "old school" we started with 88 people in fundementals and 18 of us graduated! Everyone who graduated is seriously hungry to be a nurse. So far every single one of us has passed the nclex in 75 questions.

    What kills me and what i think is seriously hurting the industry are the private schools, basically 'pay to play'. They aren't in the business of making great nurses they are in the business of making money. In clinicals we ran circles around the students from prestigious private schools. and we get the bum rep from going to a CC.
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    Quote from Mulan
    So what did you do about it?
    Oh please. What do you suggest that I would have done about it? The woman taking registrations clearly has seen this before and let it occur, and nothing I would have said would make a difference. Maybe one kid wouldn't have been registered, but that changes nothing.

    I don't wish to become an activist for every single situation that makes my jaw drop.
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    I would have gone to whoever/whatever agency was in charge, even to the media if necessary.

    If you're not willing to do something about it, don't complain about it.
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    Some things are not worth the time and effort to fight about it, that doesn't mean that you can't disagree or voice concern about the situation. Constantly tattling on people would be a very negative way to live.
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    So, OK some of you guys don't live in a big metro area like Chicago or are a little inexperienced in the ways of the world. Hey look. Most of our Government does not follow the "rules". This info is clearly gonna be a big shock to some.
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    Ok, Mulan. You are either a 1) very easy-going person where nothing makes you raise an eyebrow or 2) a very, very busy person ridding the world of all the issues that concern you.

    Ok, back on topic. My previous posts were responses to others that took us off track. Sorry about that.

    Do other professions actively encourage displaced workers to become members of their ranks? There's a dearth of qualified employees in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professions here in the U.S., but the leaders of these fields are not looking at unemployed people as the quick and easy solution to their labor shortages. This country is badly in need of family practice doctors, but I suspect the American Medical Association would frown upon using dislocated workers to fill more slots in medical school.
    What you seem to be saying here is that nursing is viewed by the government and others as a job that anyone can do, so that's why it's chosen as one of the go-to careers for job retraining. Those late night commercials for technical schools list HVAC and medical transcriptionist right next to nursing as "YOUR NEW CAREER!!!" confirm that.

    The amount of responsibility and the seriousness of what we do as nurses refutes that, but the idea persists.
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    Quote from eleectrosaurus
    I hear you! I graduated this may from a Community College that is admittedly "old school" we started with 88 people in fundementals and 18 of us graduated! Everyone who graduated is seriously hungry to be a nurse. So far every single one of us has passed the nclex in 75 questions.

    What kills me and what i think is seriously hurting the industry are the private schools, basically 'pay to play'. They aren't in the business of making great nurses they are in the business of making money. In clinicals we ran circles around the students from prestigious private schools. and we get the bum rep from going to a CC.
    Passing NCLEX with 75 questions does not mean someone is a better nurse than the person who passed it with 80 questions, etc. You either pass or you fail.
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    Quote from mulan
    i would have gone to whoever/whatever agency was in charge, even to the media if necessary.

    if you're not willing to do something about it, don't complain about it.
    perhaps she decided that was a hill she didn't want to die on. seriously, if i complained to the person in charge every time something bothered me, i wouldn't even be able to get out of my house.
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