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Signs the nursing shortage has finally been taken seriously: Older experienced nurses are fervently wooed back with 6, 8, 10, 12 hour shift options, scheduling leeway Working conditions... Read More

  1. by   hoolahan
    mario,

    patient shortages happen few and far between. When they do, take the vacation day, and be glad for it! B/c soon enough, they will be ready to bunk them again, and you will be running your arse off, short-staffed again.

    I could even work w the lesser numbers of nurses if they would just bring back IV teams, EKG tech's, lab tech's to do all the blood draws, dietary aides, and the support staff, so we could be nurses, and just nurses again.
  2. by   nursedawn67
    originally posted by cascadians
    signs the nursing shortage has finally been taken seriously:

    older experienced nurses are fervently wooed back with 6, 8, 10, 12 hour shift options, scheduling leeway

    working conditions become pleasant and condusive to excellent patient outcomes and nurse satisfaction

    greatly increased wages and benefits based on experience

    nursing schools open the pipeline and let in all qualified applicants with experienced, hands-on, considerate abundant instructors


    when do you think *this* will happen ???

    what signs will be your indicators ?


    what have you been sniffing? you have to be hallucinating! lol or was that a pig i just saw fly by?!?!? better yet if you believe this i have a bridge i want to sell you!!! lol


    seriously...i wish it was a better learning environment for nursing students...and for current nurses....i wish the field wasn't so discouraging. ....i guess it is just wishful thinking!
  3. by   Cascadians
    WHEN do you think *this* will happen ???

    What signs will be your Indicators ?

    Obviously it has not happened yet
    With all the articles bemoaning the nursing shortage, what signs would you have to see before you thought the suits 'got it' and were actually trying constructive common-sense easily reachable ways to honor and replenish nurses?
  4. by   Zee_RN
    Originally posted by hoolahan
    I could even work w the lesser numbers of nurses if they would just bring back IV teams, EKG tech's, lab tech's to do all the blood draws, dietary aides, and the support staff, so we could be nurses, and just nurses again.
    That's one of the reasons I like the facility I work at. We do have lab tech who do all the phlebotomy, we do have EKG techs who do all the EKGs (even in the Unit), we do have an IV team (nurses are encouraged to try first), respiratory does all the ABGs (even in the Unit and E.D.), we do have 12-hour shifts as full-time option; our daylight med-surg ratio is 1:6; nights is usually 1:9, could be 1:12 depending on your hallway. Charge nurses DO NOT have a patient assignment.. . . It's not a perfect place, of course, but I know there are many places worse off than we are. And we recently received a raise. Now, if only I didn't have to work nights tonight
  5. by   micro
    Originally posted by thisnurse
    there will NEVER be a shortage of patients mario...lol

    when i read the post i was packing my bags and getting ready to move where you are. then i remembered eden was closed.
    this is why i dont eat apples
    cascadians you say it well also..........

    unfortunately, this human "animal".............

    mario and all, never fear..........

    there is always a place for nurse........

    in the contemplative state i have found myself in lately.......
    the last above statement to make is sad.........

    micro and and love to all:kiss
  6. by   Cascadians
    Micro, we always love reading your poetic posts.
    How many times a patient will draw completely and overboard from what we thought must by now be a dry well of emotional presence.
    The harry, rush and pressure of facility work, and yes humanimal aspect, corrodes our hearts.
    We have to take a break and drink deeply of natural normal life to be able to go back to patient care after many shifts at a facility.

    The suits with their evil abuse of the best qualities of nurses to fatten their bottom lines at the expense of CARE is sucking dry the pool of compassionate nurses. The drought is coming.

    In July it will be 30 years for us and 24/7 homecare is the only space we can abide at this point in time.

    Until the above signs appear and become consistent, facilities will get us only for intake and pt-specific training to take a patient home.

    We wonder what signs nurses look for on the horizon ...
  7. by   nrw350
    Would a bad-patient shortage be good? I think it would lol.

    Nick
  8. by   -jt
    Well I for one dont give up & I do believe in dreams - the ones we make come true. Nothing is going to happen just by dreaming about it. Never say never - instead get busy bringing it to reality.

    Ditto what Y2KRN said.

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