GooeyRN 8,991 Views
Joined Nov 27, '05.
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Sometimes there isn't a choice, like where I work. I work and live in a rural area. There just aren't enough nurses to fill all of the positions. No one wants to drive 40 miles through the mountains and snow to get here. So its all local living nurses that work here. The hospital now offers double time to those who work over 40 hours a week. There is still a lot of short staffing. The only way to improve it more would be to offer double time to per-diem and part time staff for working above their normal hours. But then that gets very expensive for a very small, rural, poor hospital. There really isn't a way to fix the staffing problem here.
I would take good bfing help wherever I could get it, male or female. I do realize I am not the norm, though.
I never went to medical school so I can't compare... But... I assume that many who go to medical school don't also hold jobs beyond the undergrad degree. I asume most go before starting a family. Most people in nursing school also seem to have jobs, families, and other responsibilities. It is a LOT of info crammed into a short period of time. You can be an RN in just 3 years, including general studies and prereq's. I was a 4.0 nursing student. I worked minimal and chose to go before having a family. So I didn't have it nearly as hard as those who also had to work full-time and deal with babies waking up at night, toddlers crying and clinging while trying to study, toddlers getting into things they shouldn't, figuring out child care arrangements while in work/school/clinical and still having to be the one to do the cleaning and shopping/laundry etc. It was hard, not in the sense that the material was hard, it was difficult b/c there was SO MUCH INFO to learn in such a short amount of time. Then throw in the stress of clinicals! There is just so much info crammed into that 2 years it is crazy!
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