Why Do I Care? - page 11

by Ruby Vee | 22,119 Views | 109 Comments

Why do I care that new nurses leave our unit after less than two years -- often after less than one year? Why do I care, when they're adults. They're going to have to live with the consequences of being out of work, or having a... Read More


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    It took me 6 months to get my first nursing job and I worked in a prison for 6 months, moved to another state and got 9 months med/surg experience, moved to another state and got 7 months critical care experience. I start next week (my dream job) in L&D and I have no regrets. True I miss the friends I made along the way but I've always known I wanted to be a L&D nurse, it's just no one has given me the chance until now. Anyways I can understand how you feel having to precept people and then have them leave, but everyone must follow their own path.
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    When I first read this I was in the camp of "who cares" if these nurses choose to career hop. After all it is a free country and I would want everyone to pursue the career of ones choice.

    And then I floated from my Orth med/surg floor to our IMU

    IMU is a small unit of 10 beds. They only have 2 FT nurses. 1 for days and 1 for nights. Both have worked there less than 4 years. They have float staff work with them everyday. I was appalled by this. I asked how could this be? The nurses reply was while the ICU has a turn over of 5-10 a year they are a large enough unit to not notice the void (though still there) She trains a nurse and a year later they transfer to the ICU. She said at first this would bother her, now she has just accepted this as fact.

    I can not imagine not having the support and camaraderie that comes with years of working together. My ortho floor is so cohesive that during a code everyone already knows exactly what to do like a well oiled machine.
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    Hospitals just don't make it easy to "want to stay". There is really no benefit to staying long term in one hospital, at least not in my area. Maybe that is part of the reason for the high turnover and not just due to it being a stepping stone. I left my floor right after I hit the two year mark. Had the hospital admin made it a more pleasant work environment and given more reason to be loyal, maybe the high turnover would improve.
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    Quote from LadyFree28
    I'm basing my evidence of almost 14 YEARS of potential and actual cohorts, and even nursing instructors, and some peers that I worked alongside, some I had to precept; when you hear "my worth" thrown about since July 2000 or as long as I have in this business; then come back with your own EBP; this is NOT a new phenomenon. Thanks.
    Anecdotal with significant researcher bias.
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    Why should nursing be different than any other field/careee? Why is it that nurses are expected to do the job for greater good and what's good for other people and are put down if they are treating the job like one would in any other field and taking opportunities that help them advance themselves, make more money, or be more successful. Using a job to gain experience and knowledge to use as a "stepping stone" for better opportunities is not a dishonorable act. Maybe it's because it's a female dominated field that there is the attitude that nurses should love the job for what it is and sacrifice personal happiness and financial gain for the greater good. Maybe that's not it, I'm not sure. But I sure do know that nobody questions an employees motivation for personal success in any other field. I agree that one shouldn't do this job *just* for the money, one should have compassion for the job, but I don't know anyone that would do it for free or if itddidn't pay well. I think instead of being angry or hurt that some nurses are using your floor as a stepping stone, you should be proud and encouraged that these nurses have a desire to be successful and need you and your knowledge and the experience that your floor offers to get there. You are happy as can be working on your unit forever, but not everybody else will be or needs to be, and that's okay.
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    Quote from kungpoopanda
    Anecdotal with significant researcher bias.

    And YOUR bias is that you have NO experience perhaps? At least according to your profile.

    Otherwise, it is objective data collection and observation; most prudent nurses KNOW their peers; and since YOU don't know what I've experience and observed, seems like you have your OWN bias; again, OFF the mark; thanks but NO thanks, try again, with someone or something else, thanks.
    Last edit by LadyFree28 on Feb 13
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    If there is anything that really put me off in this profession, anything that really discouraged me, was the interviews and the condescending, cynical attitude of the healthcare recruiters and managers. Are you guys actually looking forward to going to interviews? The job interviews seems to be the biggest complaint when I speak to our successful veteran nurses, those who've been in the unit for say 8 years or more. Few people seem to be looking forward to interviewing.
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    You mean conducting interviews of prospective employees as a current employee? Or their original interview?
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    Quote from LadyFree28
    And YOUR bias is that you have NO experience perhaps? At least according to your profile.

    Otherwise, it is objective data collection and observation; most prudent nurses KNOW their peers; and since YOU don't know what I've experience and observed, seems like you have your OWN bias; again, OFF the mark; thanks but NO thanks, try again, with someone or something else, thanks.
    ​Agreed.
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    Quote from redhead_NURSE98!
    You mean conducting interviews of prospective employees as a current employee? Or their original interview?
    I mean the experience of interviewing for a nursing position when I am the candidate.


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