RWJF Issues Nursing Shortage Report
According to a new report, Health Care's Human Crisis: The American Nursing Shortage, commissioned by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) the current nursing drought is not like previous shortages, it is about to get worse, and the tried and true solutions of the past are unlikely to solve it.
The study finds the current situation fundamentally different from those in the past, reflecting dissatisfaction with the profession by nurses
and competition from other career opportunities for women.
The report, which offers recommendations for turning this critical shortage around, is available free online at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Web site, http://www.rwjf.org/special/nursingshortage.
May 17, '02
<If you are poor or lower middle class you are already well aware of what has gone wrong.>
I was watching Third Watch Monday night & they showed something that alluded to this. Of course a fictional program but it pointed out the unfairness of the system when it comes to the lower income class:
The scenario was a power outage in the summer in NYC. The paramedics were doing door to door checks on people living at home on ventilators to make sure their back up was still breathing for them. They come to the home of a well-to-do guy who has a state of the art ventilator to his trach, a generator & enough oxygen to last for hours. They reassure him & go to the next house on their list. Its pretty much a low income one-room mess with the poor trached guy hooked up to a small ventilator that failed when the power went out. No generator for him. He suffocated alone in his bed. There was a heated, true-to-life, right-on-target discussion between the paramedics on the unfairness of it all - if you have money, you get to breathe.
I love that show. Always leaves you with something to think about.
Last edit by -jt on May 17, '02