Gosh, wish I could go to this. Oh wait, I lost my job days ago and so now have time to go!!! Because my own institution (NON-UNION) with all its propoganda on retention and recruiting never did try to keep me on. I seemed to already be at the acme of my bedside career as one of the only BSN's on the unit. So the buck stops there?
When will hospital administration learn that a good orientation far exceeds the crappy little bags of popcorn in your mailbox to reward you for an "inservice" that is nothing more than completing 3 questions from a posterboard in the breakroom?
How about a program that properly trains preceptors to give hands-on training and that monitors the preceptor as closely as we the new orientees (already scared, overwhelmed, and having to soak it all up like a sponge) are having to sign off on our skills validation?
Sorry it seems like I've ranted a bit here. I just lost a job that I am in a lot of nursing school debt for that I was hoping was 'IT". I just don't believe that all the noise about the nursing shortage is accurate. Any wam body will suffice if you can cut through the minutiae of poor work conditions. I couldn't. And nursing school as well as the public media has us thinking that we can make a difference. It's all political (or else why would we be rallying on Capitol Hill?) and if the only reward for retention being offered is tuition reimbursement for continuing onto a BSN, what's in it for those of us that already have the BSN?
t ratios are still too high
Administrators still insist on crappy pay for critical thinking, multi-task, intensely-skilled, and fast care. Is this safe for our pts? Hell no!
That same online review also lists this: http://www.thecommunicator.org/032008/nursestation.htm
The Advancement Ladder they mention really gets my goat!! Stop trying to advance at fix the problem!!!