Quote from katmndu224
MFD Teacher....why do you assume that a hospital setting is the only place a nurse works?? There are shortages of working RN's in ALL practice settings, not just in a hospital.
I am sure your comments came from the heart and I appreciate that but where do the nurses go when they leave the hospitals?? I put in my 15 months right out of nursing school and moved right into home care where I have been for the past 12 years.
Just a few thoughts...
The major area of nursing that nurses have left and are leaving is the hospital setting.
I work in a clinic, and we just hired 8 RNs, most of whom have ER/ICU backgrounds. They all took big pay cuts to work w/ us, and I've asked them why they left the hospital setting. Same answer from all- WORKING CONDITIONS.
The hospitals here are recruiting all over the place. My clinic, however, has far more nursing applicants than we have jobs for.
There is a surplus of nurses in my area, It's a small city with several nursing schools nearby. Yet, the hospitals say they can't find any nurses. BS! They just don't want to work there.
It is no piece of cake in the dialysis clinic, but having worked med-surg myself, I can tell you that the work is doable. It certainly wasn't in the hospital.