Nursing Crisis (Notes the Fact That Nurses Are Opting For Jobs Other Then Nursing) - page 2
Interesting article in the Rocky Mountain News:. It was the front page of the Saturday newspaper in Denver(3-16-02): Nursing crisis Shortage of caregivers races toward crisis By Michael... Read More
Mar 22, '02No one wants to admit that the bottom line is MONEY-MONEY BUYS RESPECT. I recently read a letter to the editor who suggested that everyone support a bill offering free tuition as a solution to the nursing shortage while admitting that nursing is a LOW PAYING profession! Does he think nursing school is easy? Every nursing school I know of is hard and proud of being hard.Why would anyone go to all that work for a LOW PAYING job? I know of nurses who have worked in the same hospital for up to 26 years and are still not in the top pay level!How many nurses do you know that are working in industry or selling real estate? I know a few and I am sure you do to. The refrain is that nurses can't be paid more due to the fact that Medicare only reimburses a percentage of cost. The way I see it ,if nurses are paid more,reimbursement will have to come up because expenses have risen.
Mar 25, '02I have been a nurse for twenty years and things have never looked worse to me. (See post "working while ill") Poor managers, long hours, low pay etc. I am afraid that the nursing shortage will not be so easily resolved this time. The average nurse in my state is 46 years old. I am looking for a career change to try and salvage some sanity and to maintain what little physical stamina I have left.
Mar 26, '02Hi. I read an excerpt from an article under another thread that included one of our nursing experts who felt the shortage of the 1980's was worse than this except there was a "resolution" within two years. I agree that the shortages were rough at that time. But today even though we don't have a shortage of those who trained as nurses, we do have an increasing shortage of nurses who desire to work or stay at the bedside. More importantly, less than 10-15% of nurses and nursing students are under the age of 30. I would say that this is a very unique cycle, and unless we can get those percentages turned around, the cycle will become continuous. I'm with you saustin, I've become frustrated at how home health care has been hit, and I'm ready to turn another corner in my career.