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by ray bingham
hospital staffing cuts have created conditions under which this dedicated nurse can no longer work.
accountable but powerless
by barry adams rn
unable to deliver high-quality care, a nurse calls it quits, but not before blowing the whistle.
Feb 18, '02
I was watching "To the Contrary" on PBS Sunday. They had a segment on the nursing shortage, and I listened very, very carefully.
They had Ms. Foley on, from the ANA, and the biggest part of the discussion was that the nursing shortage was because the population of nurses is older than the mean population of the country, and as the country ages, they need more nurses.
She did talk a little bit about the problems with staffing, with mandatory overtime, but I came away with the impression that she thought that the problem was due to all of us aging.
Last edit by NurseDennie on Feb 18, '02
Feb 18, '02
So THAT'S part of what's been bugging the Massachucett's nurses at the past 5 or 6 years at ANA conventions! I wish that there would be more openness and honesty between different groups of nurses when we meet in national conventions and meetings. There seems to be some sort of an agreement that no one knows what is going on behind the closed doors in each different organization. Why is it that nurses don't share what their problems are-- are we protecting our turf or hiding our problems- maybe even from ourselves?
BTW, these are great articles. And I'd HATE to work in either facility! When staffing is compromised so much that it endangers patients' lives, they should be shut down. And the administration in those facilities should be forced to WORK on those floors with those nurses and have their loved ones in those beds!
(Sorry for the double posting again; I'll blame it on my server since the BB says I'm at fault here!)
It won't let me delete or get rid of either message; but it never told me I had already posted the first one either!:imbar
Last edit by Jenny P on Feb 18, '02