Survey for my research paper on nursing shortage - please respond

  1. Hi. I'm in my first semester going for my RN. I'm doing a research paper for my English class on the nursing shortage and someone suggested I try posting my survey here. If you have the time I sure would appreciate it if you would answer the following questions. It would help me out a great deal.

    If you would prefer to email me your answers to the survey rather than posting them here my email address is selena_moon1@hotmail.com
    If you are choosing to respond by email please note that there is an underline between selena and moon (selena_moon1).
    Please let me know if you have any questions. I've never done this type of thing before so I'm hoping it turned out alright. Thanks for your help!

    NURSING SURVEY

    1. Please state your age.
    2. Are you male or female?
    3. Please state your family status, i.e. married, divorced, single, widowed.
    4. Do you have children? If so, how many?
    5. Please state the city and state in which you reside.
    6. What is your racial/ethnic background? (This is an optional question - you do not have to answer it.)
    7. What type of degree do you have?
    8. What age were you when you obtained your degree?
    9. Do you have a specialty?
    10. What type of employment setting do you work in? i.e. hospital, nursing home or extended-care facility, community and public health, nursing education, ambulatory care (physician's office, nurse's office)?
    11. How many years have you been a nurse?
    12. What is your present salary? (This is an optional question - you do not have to answer it.)
    13. What do you like most about being a nurse?
    14. What do you like least about being a nurse?
    15. What specific conditions would you like to see improved? (Please list in order of importance, #1 being the most important.)
    16. How has the nursing shortage affected you personally? I would love to hear any stories you would like to share.
    17. Do you plan to stay in the field of nursing? If not, what field are you planning to switch to?
    18. Would you recommend nursing as a good field to go into?
    19. Would you want a family member to be treated at the facility at which you work?
    20. What recommendations would you make to deal with the nursing shortage?

    Please feel free to add any comments that you feel would be helpful. Thanks so much for your help with this survey!

    Barbie
    Last edit by NursBarbie on Nov 19, '02
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   JenKatt
    1. Please state your age. 25
    2. Are you male or female? Female
    3. Please state your family status, i.e. married, divorced, single, widowed. Married
    4. Do you have children? If so, how many? None, unless you count my husband
    5. Please state the city and state in which you reside. Tampa, Fl
    6. What is your racial/ethnic background? (This is an optional question - you do not have to answer it.) Caucasian
    7. What type of degree do you have? BSN
    8. What age were you when you obtained your degree? 21
    9. Do you have a specialty? Use to be NICU and Peds, now Med-Surg, will be going back to NICU and Peds
    10. What type of employment setting do you work in? i.e. hospital, nursing home or extended-care facility, community and public health, nursing education, ambulatory care (physician's office, nurse's office)? United States Air Force Hospital
    11. How many years have you been a nurse? 3 1/2
    12. What is your present salary? (This is an optional question - you do not have to answer it.) 47K, roughly
    13. What do you like most about being a nurse? Doing something, being something
    14. What do you like least about being a nurse? Administration
    15. What specific conditions would you like to see improved? (Please list in order of importance, #1 being the most important.)
    1. Salary
    2. Patient ratios
    3. Administration blowing up and elaving us alone to do our jobs
    4. Better report with MDs
    16. How has the nursing shortage affected you personally? I would love to hear any stories you would like to share.
    When I was a civilian, every week people were staying for mandatory overtime, working 16 hours. One night, as I was getting ready to leave at 11pm, the evening supervisors called and said that they had to pull the float nurse back because PICU was short staffed, so one of us had to stay. It was my turn. I was suppose to work the next evening also. As I was leaving at 7am, my boss called the charge nurse. I had already told my charge nurse to inform the NM (nurse manager) that I would need that evening off. I had already been up for 24 hours. The charge nurse did so. I was told that they would find coverage. Anyhow, I called into work at 11am, when it would be the latest for me to call out sick. They hadn't found coverage. So i called out sick due to insomina and a migrane.
    Two weeks later, I was talking with the dear NM when she informed me that I had been written up for calling out sick. She stated that lack of sleep is no reason to call out sick.
    17. Do you plan to stay in the field of nursing? If not, what field are you planning to switch to? Yes
    18. Would you recommend nursing as a good field to go into? Yes, for some people. It's not for everyone
    19. Would you want a family member to be treated at the facility at which you work? Yes
    20. What recommendations would you make to deal with the nursing shortage? Offer better salary, nurse to patient ratios and incentives.... Also attempt to change the perception of nursing

    If you need anything else, email or PM me
    Hope the papaer comes out ok
  4. by   KC CHICK
    1. 29
    2. Female
    3. Married
    4. No children
    5. Kansas City, Missouri
    6. Caucasian
    7. ADN
    8. 27
    9. Started as a grad nurse in Surgery, so yes. Currently work in telemetry.
    10. hospital
    11. 1.5 yrs
    12. 19.30/hr base plus 3.00/hr shift diff for nights and 2.00/hr for weekends. My usual schedule is Fri, Sat, and Sun nights.
    13. I like the personal satisfaction and the increased self confidence it's given me. Most of my patients and other staff are a pleasure to work with.
    14. Seeing what can happen to the human body....what people suffer through. Seeing a wife being told her husband coded and died unexpectedly....and watching her reaction.
    15. The most important improvement that needs to be made on my current floor is staffing for the night shift. Most times we are just as busy as the day shift, yet we are expected to handle 2-3 more patients. We get a lot of admits at night.. sometimes discharges too.
    16. The nursing shortage enabled me to secure a position in a specialty area directly out of school..from what I hear, surgery has not taken new grads in the past. The shortage also gives me the opportunity to pick up overtime shifts when I want them.
    17. I plan on staying in nursing. I also plan to furhter my education and get my BSN and CRNA training.
    18. I recommend it.
    19. Yes. We get compliments many times for how we treat our patients in our facility. The only time I would steer a family member away is for a SERIOUS cardiac problem. You see, we have a cath lab, but no open heart surgical program. If something happens to the patient in cath lab, or if something is found that needs immediate surgical intervention, the patient has to be relocated to an 'open heart' facility.
    20. Well, more $$$$ of course!! Also, more public money is needed for students in nursing. I think that might influence people to go into nursing programs.

    Anne
    Last edit by KC CHICK on Nov 20, '02
  5. by   kmchugh
    NURSING SURVEY

    1. Please state your age. 43

    2. Are you male or female? Male

    3. Please state your family status, i.e. married, divorced, single, widowed. Married

    4. Do you have children? If so, how many? Yes, three children, one on the way.

    5. Please state the city and state in which you reside. Andover, Kansas

    6. What is your racial/ethnic background? (This is an optional question - you do not have to answer it.) Cauc

    7. What type of degree do you have? Master of Science, Nurse Anesthesia.

    8. What age were you when you obtained your degree? Bachelor's Degree, 37, Master's degree 41.

    9. Do you have a specialty? Anesthesia.

    10. What type of employment setting do you work in? i.e. hospital, nursing home or extended-care facility, community and public health, nursing education, ambulatory care (physician's office, nurse's office)? Hospital
    11. How many years have you been a nurse? 6

    12. What is your present salary? (This is an optional question - you do not have to answer it.) $100,000 + overtime and benefits.

    13. What do you like most about being a nurse? The difference I make in people's lives.

    14. What do you like least about being a nurse? Hours (working as much as 70 hours a week.)

    15. What specific conditions would you like to see improved? (Please list in order of importance, #1 being the most important.)
    1. Hours
    2. Respect
    3 Pay (for staff nurses).

    16. How has the nursing shortage affected you personally? I would love to hear any stories you would like to share. More hours. We are even more short CRNA's than most of the rest of the nursing fields.

    17. Do you plan to stay in the field of nursing? If not, what field are you planning to switch to? I'll stay.

    18. Would you recommend nursing as a good field to go into? Only if the person was planning to become an advanced practice nurse. Staff nursing is too underpaid, too thankless for most to want to make a career out of it.

    19. Would you want a family member to be treated at the facility at which you work? Depends on who the physician, nurses, etc were who were doing the care. Generally, yes.

    20. What recommendations would you make to deal with the nursing shortage? Increase respect for nurses by all, with support for staff nurses from hospital administration. Pay nurses a respectable salary. Treat nurses as valuable members of the team, rather than as slave labor.

    Please feel free to add any comments that you feel would be helpful. Thanks so much for your help with this survey!

    Kevin McHugh
  6. by   NursBarbie
    Thanks everyone for your responses! They will be very helpful. I'll still be accumulating responses for the next several days so please feel free to post. Thanks again - I really appreciate your taking the time to respond.
    Barbie
  7. by   mageean
    1. 50
    2 male
    3 Married
    4. 3
    5. Kent. Southern England
    6. White Irish!
    7.RMN.RGN
    8. Completed nursing Training in 1977
    9. Mental Health in Older people.
    10.Service manager for the above over 4 hospital sites and 5 community nursing teams. Area of 800 square miles.
    11.25
    12. Not enough!. 35K sterling
    13. Involvement with people and practicalities.
    14. As a good nurse you may find yourself,like me, being dragged into management.
    15. better ward/unit environments
    higher salary and staff numbers
    16. heavy reliance on agency staff who pay more than nhs
    17 Finish my career in management.
    18 Yes, particularly mental health
    19 Yes, despite the problems!
    20 As 15. Create educational opportunities to allow care assistants , who do not have formal academic qualifications, to achieve registration.

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