WHERE HAVE ALL THE NURSES GONE? - page 3

i AM THE PUBLISHER OF A MEDICAL NEWSPAPER REACHING 31,500 HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS IN KY. ONE OF THE TOPICS WE WISH TO DISCUSS IN OUR JULY ISSUE IS THE NURSING SHORTAGE. CAN ANYONE PROVIDE THOUGHTS... Read More

  1. by   mustangsheba
    Almost 20 years ago as a new RN, I made about $13/hr. Most entry level jobs now average about $15. Of course there are geographical areas and specialties where the pay is better, but I can think of no other job with such poor return on education and effort, not to mention the lack of support and respect accorded nurses. If the last stats I read are correct, currently somewhwere around 30% of licensed nurses work at other jobs, doing nursing only the required amount of hours to maintain their licenses. Hope springs eternal. I agree, if you want to write a truly accurate article, follow a nurse for a week. No fair taking a lunch break or going to the bathroom unless he does, and stay till all the paper work is done. Then go someplace and listen to the frustration because all the things that he/she would have done had there been enough time and support did not get did and will not in the foreseeable future. You've seen pictures of the atomic mushroom. That's medical care now, nursing being the stem and insurance, government, and hospital corporations the top. (These postings sound negative because of the question asked).
  2. by   longforseaair
    Like my friend told me the other day: she believes she is smarter than the computer guy who just charged her $100 an hour just to diagnose her home computer problem. He couldn't even tell her if it was repairable or what the final cost was until he finished.
    She exclaimed, "I save lives and I get paid $14.00 an hour! And the patients aren't easy to satisfy. And the doctors are often grumpy! Each morning after a long shift and I lay my head on the pillow, I wonder, My God, what could I have done differently this night that will bite me or sue me later?"
    Being dang smart, we could be earning gazillions fixing computers. We have the patience and critical thinking skills. We can do the math.
    What were we thinking? I guess we ain't too smart after all.

    [This message has been edited by bbqchick (edited December 13, 2000).]
  3. by   casirn
    I agree with everything my colleagues before me have said. Although your article has already been written, I feel I must add my 2 cents. Most of us went into nursing for all the right reasons. However, we are a highly overworked, underpaid and often underappreciated group of licensed professionals. I not only perform my nursing responsibilites at the hospital I work for; I also perform housekeeping, dietary, nursing aides, doctors, nursing managment and all customer services responsibilites. This according to the facility I work for has become required. If only nurses could concentrate on nursing and be compensated for the jobs they did, we would have a greater rate of retention. With the baby boomers coming of geriatric age, the number of people seeking medical care will increase. If improvements are not made in favor of the nursing profession, the shortage will become out of control.
  4. by   nurshathaway
    Wow! the replies on this post totally blows me away. Here I am a doing my prereqs so I can get into the nursing program for the same reasons I'm sure that you all did. If I was a timid person, I would turn right around and look for something else.

    I guess the biggest reason that I am going into nursing is to help that scared patient lying in a hospital bed and hoping that I can ease their discomfort in whatever way I am trained.

    I believe that it is time that we all start working together as a unit. The fact that there are nursing agencies that are paying so much in comparison to hospitals, LTC facilities, etc. shows their good insight.

    Personally, my plan after finishing nursing school is to work one year on a med-surg floor as a kind of internship and then I am going to work with an agency and take back the control of what I want. I also plan on continuing as far with my nursing education so that the care I can give to my patients will only be more advanced.

    We have to start working together and taking care of the nursing profession. As long as there is such conflict within, the big businesses/hospitals will win.
  5. by   lisa30
    I know here in Canada we caused alot of our own delimas, we closed the diploma progrrams and made BN entry to practice. Now we have very few nurses entering the field, they can go to university and recieve thier degree in the same amount of time making better wages.

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