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One, the focus is on STEM. The government is pushing people to choose degrees where there is a perceived demand and it is because the stats of students who have defaulted on the student loans are from those that pursued Art, Music, Dance, Psych, Business, History, Humanities etc etc etc ...
Second there continues to be this notion of a massive "Nursing Shortage"
almost as if it is becoming an emergency!
The president of the United States
addressed this and called on Americans to address this emergency, and Americans are responding to this call in droves.... "We are short 500,000 Nurses" was told Obama.
Obama Addresses Nursing Shortage - YouTube
btw I reject that "caring" is only something that Nurses do. Doctors care, Respiratory therapist care, Physical therapists care, X-ray techs care, Nuclear Medicine Techs care, Cath techs care. We are a team working for the benefit of "our" patients..
Last edit by kabooski on Aug 18, '12
My understanding of this short piece is that Obama was told by a "Nurse" congrsswoman that there was a nusing shortage "500,000 nurses will be needed in 7 years" The date that was cited was a 2010 budget reference for nursing education. Now if the Nursing community leaders/aka The powers That Be"which i would consider this nurse congress woman in the blue suit, are going to toot this
" Nursing Shortage" myth what chance do we have for the big guns- Pres Obama- to listen to us"in the trenches" being heard when we speak out and state"there is no nursing shortage- we have new grads and older nurses who are unemployed, can't access nursing positions for nursing employement" so where is this big nursing shortage, Madam Congress woman. We are not short nurses- graduated, licensed and ready to work nurses madam congresswoman- we are short nursing jobs . Another big lie. There are nursing jobs out there but we who need these advertized postions can't access them because the healthcare system- the greedy money morons, purse strings, the bean counters, the CEO''s- have no intention of filling them. Why- because it cuts in on their mega million paydays!!! There is no solution to the staffing issues and competent patient care- there is no intention on fixing those issues and there is no intention from the CEO's on fixing the rising cost of health care- the CEO's are the cause of the continued rise in healthcare costs.
Obama only address the immigration of foreign nurses to the US when we have students in this country wanting to get into nursing schools and can't. he labeled the immigration of foriegn nurses to the US as "a bipartisian no brainer"
He also put out there the poor nursing wage situation- stating why would a nurse practioner want to leave a NP position to teach because nursing faculty wages are so bad.
I think that nurse congress woman needs a few letters on the unemployment rate of the members of her so called profession. I'd be happy to show her my unemployment stubs and the copies of all the job aplications I have sent out and the wage offerings for these positions. She needs to receive letters from new grads who have spent thousands in student loans for a "useless" nursing degree/education. That lady needs to do her homework before she stands up and represents "the NURSING community" when she addresses the President. Seems to me all she wanted to do was stand up and let the room fullof people know"I am a nurse" big deal lady- you have a nice cushy job- no poop on your shoes!!!
Last edit by kcmylorn on Aug 19, '12