Scare Tactics?

  1. My friend who is on staff as a PACU Rn at an absolute **** hole was recently told by mangement during a staff meeting that a current trend in healthcare is to lay off RNs. I told her that HELLO there is a nursing shortage & I haven't heard about this anywhere. I personally think this is a line of ****, especially when she told me they followed this up with the comment that "they (the nurses) should be happy that the hospital is willing to keep them emplyed". I told her there is no way I would have sat thru that propaganda. Anyway, has anyone else heard of this?
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  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   labornurse
    Sounds like desparate scare tactics to me
  4. by   dawngloves
    Where? In PA? They must be Sh*tting you!
  5. by   traumaRUs
    Tell them to take a hike - there are plenty of decent hospitals out there willing to pay for your expertise.
  6. by   Nurse Ratched
    Tell her PACU's all over are hurting for her expertise!

    Wonder how these morons are defining "trend" - as something that *isn't* happening?
  7. by   pebbles
    Not in Pennsylvania, but this phenomenon is real and growing (again). This from today's news. I don't know who they think is going to help the patients get better enought to HAVE shorter hospital stays....

    Report suggests laying off nurses
    WebPosted Jul 24 2002 01:48 PM MDT
    Winnipeg

    Too many nurses are tending to Manitoba patients, according to a report commissioned by the NDP and leaked to Conservative health critic Myrna Driedger.

    The $600,000 Deloitte and Touche report, which was conducted last fall, examines how hospital stays can be reduced. The pages leaked to Driedger suggest 180 nursing positions be eliminated from Manitoba hospitals.

    "The report doesn't recommend a redeployment of those 180 full-time positions within the system, it recommends laying them off," Driedger says.

    She says the recommendations would actually translate into the loss of 400 to 600 part-time jobs.

    Driedger says Health Minister Dave Chomiak, who commissioned the report, is not being forthcoming about it. She wonders why the report was commissioned in the first place, given the critical shortage of nurses in Manitoba.

    A spokesperson for Chomiak says that no nurses will be laid off.

    The full report will not be available at least a year.

    Copyright CBC Manitoba
  8. by   dawngloves
    I'm not trying to be a smarty Pebbles, but the trends in the States may be different than in other parts of the world.
    Is this the case? Isn't that why we're importing nurses?
  9. by   pebbles
    Originally posted by dawngloves
    I'm not trying to be a smarty Pebbles, but the trends in the States may be different than in other parts of the world.
    Is this the case? Isn't that why we're importing nurses?
    Nope. Worldwide nursing shortage. The flow seems to be going more into the US than anywhere because the US is the "rich, powerful" nation... thats all. And maybe you see it from a different perspective, being IN the US? Last I heard, my province was trying to recruit nurses from wherever they can get them too... other provinces, Phillipines, ...and yes, even the US...

    The point is how the management deals with the inadequacies of the health care system - ie fixing it in all the wrong places. THAT seems to be pretty much universal, from reading this BB....
  10. by   santhony44
    I read articles last week that both the UK and the Phillipines are facing critical nursing shortages, in part due to the US's recruitment of nurses to alleviate the shortage here.

    Yesterday I got a newsletter from the SCNA. There were ads in there for nurses- lots of them! Literally, hospitals from Maine to Alaska were advertising.

    Definitely sounds like scare tactics to me. What a "retention" tool! I'd be out of there as fast as I could go!
  11. by   Mkue
    scare tactic. i would be outa there for sure.

    marie
  12. by   OrthoNutter
    Originally posted by pebbles
    Nope. Worldwide nursing shortage. The flow seems to be going more into the US than anywhere because the US is the "rich, powerful" nation... thats all. And maybe you see it from a different perspective, being IN the US? Last I heard, my province was trying to recruit nurses from wherever they can get them too... other provinces, Phillipines, ...and yes, even the US...

    The point is how the management deals with the inadequacies of the health care system - ie fixing it in all the wrong places. THAT seems to be pretty much universal, from reading this BB....
    In Queensland (Aussie), we don't have a nursing shortage. What we do have is a distinct lack of nurses prepared to work under present conditions. There are something like 5 thousand RNs who maintain their registration by working the odd shift every fortnight/month for 'pocket money' while in another line of work which is somewhat more rewarding for them. I know that's what I'll be doing in five or six years time. One shift a fortnight, just for pocket money......
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    That sounds more accurate for how one should describe our "shortage" here ortho! A SHORTAGE not of NURSES, but of ones willing to deal with the bullshyt and politics. The people are there, just not willing to work oftentimes!
  14. by   Love-A-Nurse
    it may be for her particular place of employment, which i seriously doubt, but not everywhere as a whole.

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