teamrn: I read the article that lilmamita referred to and it is not just an "oh my god, what are we going to do" article. It states that patients who were cared for by RN's more that assistive personnel received less infection, went home sooner. We are all helping with the nursing shortage because we are busting our butt in nursing school
!! The solution that many have came up with for the nursing shortage is to hire more assistive personnel to make up for the lack of RN's and this article explained that may not be such a good idea.
"Look at everything with an open mind, not necessarily an open mouth"