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New Survey Says Nurses Are Bullish on the Industry Outlook and Encourage People to Enter the Field
EXCELSIOR, Minn., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A survey from allnurses.com, the largest online networking and support site for nurses, reveals that the majority of nurses (74 percent) think the job outlook for the nursing industry is positive. Nearly three quarters of respondents (72 percent) would recommend that a person go into the nursing field, and the overwhelming majority (82 percent) believe that the nursing industry has a positive perception in society today.
"There are many misperceptions about nurses, the role they play, and the industry overall," said Brian Short, Founder of allnurses.com, and a registered nurse himself. "These survey results - which are quite positive - provide a more accurate and up to date look into what nurses think, and indicate areas where patients and nurses can work more closely together."
Of particular importance, said Short, is the critical role that nurses play in serving as the patient's advocate. He encourages patients and their families to talk to their nurses as they are the closest to the patient and work hand in hand with doctors to deliver the best and most appropriate care.
Forty percent of nurses said the single biggest challenge they face today is the nurse-to-patient ratio. Nurses want to spend more time at the bedside, but administrative duties and having too many patients can keep them from doing so. Nurses also believe that patients and their families are confused when it comes to knowing the role nurses play vs. that of physicians, with less than 10 percent of nurses thinking that patients understand the difference.
When asked what makes an ideal nurse, respondents ranked knowledgeable, compassionate and patient advocate as the most important characteristics. Gallup polls show that nurses are consistently ranked the highest among other professions for trustworthiness and credibility.1 When nurses were asked to weigh in on which hospital TV shows most closely resemble "real life," it was a close race among the long-running ER and Grey's Anatomy hospital dramas and the more recently launched documentary-style program, NY Med.
More than 1,600 nurses and registered members of allnurses.com completed the survey, with the majority of them (47 percent) working in hospital settings. Recent estimates show that between 2008 and 2010 there were approximately 2.8 million registered nurses (RNs) and 690,000 licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in the United States.2 Registered nurses are the largest sector of employees in the healthcare industry.3
Founded by Minnesota Registered Nurse, Brian Short, allnurses.com is the leading networking site for nurses and nursing students. For nearly 20 years, allnurses.com has been the collective voice of the nursing community, supporting the profession by providing a place where nurses can network, share, and learn from each other. With an ever-growing community of more than 825,000 registered members, allnurses.com is the go-to place to communicate and discuss nursing, jobs, schools, NCLEX, careers, and so much more. For more information, visit allnurses.com.
1Honesty/Ethics in Professions. Gallup. Honesty/Ethics in Professions | Gallup Historical Trends. Accessed August 8, 2014.
2The US Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education. Health Resources and Services Administration. National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, April 2013. Accessed August 8, 2014Page not found | Bureau of Health Workforce
3Occupational Employment Statistics. Employment and earnings in selected healthcare practitioner and technical occupations and healthcare support occupations, May 2008. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Accessed August 8, 2014 Health Care: BLS Spotlight on Statistics
Official Press Release: New Survey Says Nurses Are Bullish on the Industry Outlook and Encourage People to Enter the Field
Whatever you do, PLEASE don't show a nurse breast-feeding at the nurses' station!!!
Those "About a Nurse" cartoon caption contests.
The "nurse" is always assumed to be the same, pencil-thin little blonde with a pony tail. If her cohorts are not blonde, then they are in floral-print scrub tops just the same, which leaves us to conclude that all of the females depicted in these cartoons are the nurses.
Conversely, if there is any character that looks remotely like a male, then he is (usually but not always) donning a tie and or a lab coat, and not a scrub top. Given the context we have no choice but to assume that the male in most of these cartoons is always the physician.
Brian, darling, it's 2014. Lots of female physicians out there these days (surprise!), and lots of male nurses. Ain't it time to scour the innerwebz for some cartoons a little more with-the-times?
I want to see a cartoon with a black female physician and a couple of male nurses.
We're a clique, not a click.
"If my answers frighten you then you should stop asking such scary questions" Jules Winnfield
Im really not trying to be rude to the OP, but this has to be said! Please stop overreacting! Life is not full of rainbows and you are not going to get what you want every time. Why are you fishing for sympathy when previous posters have already given you succinct and relevant advice? You need to move on and show some strength of character- you are not a child and frankly, no one really cares if you never post again...
(Me.. expressing my disgust at an entitled generation of which unfortunately I am a part of...)
I feel like we have all looked over the resume job hopping problem & somehow made it about the job market. Based on your responses to various posts, I think you should do 4 things to improve your career prospects:
1) Work on developing an internal locus of control. See Locus of Control - Career Development from MindTools.com
2) Be patient while looking for a job.
3) Expand your nursing career options & apply in other specialties, such as public health nursing.
4) Stay put for a while after you finally land a job, so you don't end up in this situation again (or are not as likely).
Help! i need to do an ethical issue paper on a pt. who refuses tx. for his hypertension because the tx. renders him impotent. ? is should he receive further medical care? i'm stuck on reasons to support the opposite point of view,not receiving care. thanks so much to anyone who can give me some ideas!!!
You folks are missing the point completely
I wasn't looking for a specific answer. I was looking for kindness and understanding but instead of receiving that I got loads of passive aggressive behavior, condescending messages and unprofessional attitudes. Allnurses is a mud puddle where bottom dwellers feed. This has become quite clear. Energy Vampires.
You folks are missing the point completely but I realize this click isn't going to recognize that. You don't have the depth.
So my question is, "Am I being discriminated against?" and if so, who can I speak to about this?
Seems like there are some really vindictive nurses commenting on this post. If you're just going to laugh at me, there's no need to post. Nurses are supposed to be compassionate, not laughing at others expense or trying to tear someone down.
Nurses are indeed equipped with empathy but let's not forget that you're not their patient and that all nurses is a public forum. I applaud you for calling out those who have been rude but do not think that people who disagree with you are being antagonistic. A public forum is a place where people can share their thoughts and opinions.
You stated that there is a nursing shortage, others disagreed and posted sources (like esme). This doesn't make them "mean" or nasty. While I can't speak for the others, esme has been a tremendous resource and seems to be super nice/helpful.
People may think that all nurses is like a support group but the truth is it's not. You CAN find support here but you are more likely to find opposing opinions.
I think it's the way things are being stated that's most important to recognize. We nurses are equipped with empathy (let's hope) and each nurse that has made a comment that sjalv noted above knew they weren't being anything but sarcastic and/or antagonistic. This would include the "guide" who seems to think that I need a reality check instead of showing empathy and understanding.
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