Last year I didn't believe there was a nursing shortage. I believed that employers just wouldn't give salaries/benefits so no nurses filled open positions. We had a few nurses take positions, complete orientation, then find full-time positions elsewhere. This year I see that there is a nursing shortage.
I also recall a topic of discussion at a staff meeting last year "...so while you and your CNA care for your 14
patients...". Thank God the census does not permit that very often.
Care is greatly compromised with the revolving door. New grads are hired, oriented, and then leave. At a meeting recently a Nursing Supervisor reported that it takes about five years to reach maturity in your nursing. There are days when I look at the Staff Assignment book and
! One seasoned RN with 3 new LPN Grads and 35-40 patients.
I hate to admit it, but there are some nights you see a patient only 2 or 3 times.
Anyone have the dream where it is end of shift and you realize that a patient was never assigned to a nurse? That dream is not a reality at present because I know at least the CNA will have seen him/her.