OKAY, HERE ARE SOME QUOTES...TO SUPPORT MY OPINION...NONE OF THESE QUOTES ARE MINE, THEY ARE FROM PREVIOUS POSTINGS ON THIS BB
As far as the number of job vacancies, my guess is that it is because the job is a challenge, the elderly can be frustrating at times, some nursing homes pay is poorer than others, and the working conditions vary from place to place as well. It can be a thankless job, ...
We are faced as all hospitals with down sizing our FTE's.
Our experience has been frustrating. We are feeling a loss of control over care and feeling "lost" trying to remember crucial details.
Striking nurses in Michigan ...to bring you to equal pay with other area nurses, as generous...is laughable. I hope that you get your salary increase. The second thing that I noticed was the mention of Bay City and Detroit hospitals are experiencing layoffs and salary decreases. AGAIN, IF IT WERE SO GOOD-WHY A UNION?
I subsequently went into a deeper depression
became suicidal and finally entered a treatment center by my own choice. I was appalled at the number of nurses who were in-patients at this facility....both for substance abuse and depression....This is a serious and rampant problem in our profession and it is being "swept under the rug".
One cannot apply to be a clerk in a convience store without submitting to a drug screen, yet NO hospital I have worked in for 23 years has ever demanded this of their nurses. Why? I personally believe it's because there would not be enough nurses drug-free to satisfy their staffing needs.
Years ago, I took care of a nurse who respiratory arrested at the nurses station after shooting up 300mg Demerol.
Nursing is not all Florence Nightengale. It's hard, stressful, heart wrenching work.
you definitely don't get paid what you are worth
I fight for everything else in the nursing profession, including my patients, and now I have to fight for my money. I came home physically ill and exhausted. I like my job and don't want to quit. The administrators favorite words are " I'll get back to you about it" "we're working on it" etc. I ended up writing anonymously to wage and hour as I am afraid of any recourse. Is there anything else we can do? This doesn't only happen to me but it seems to be happening the most to those of us who work weird or extra hours. Also, are we supposed to be paid for our lunch because we can't leave and frequently get called from our lunches for patient care.
Most nurses never thought that there would be reductions in workforce or atrition of positions, which would lead to working short staff, and sometimes unsafe conditions for delivering patient care.
What saddens me most about nursing in Britain today is that nursing seems to have lost the respect of the public in general, our medical colleaques and the government in particular. For example, everybody but everybody is getting extra pay for working over the millenium New Year holiday or else time off.
In the National Health Service all leave has been banned and we'll be lucky if we get our basic special duty payments.
No wonder there are recruitment problems.
I too love my work, I just hate my job sometimes. And, yes, we don't make nearly what we should for what we have to know. As a critical care nurse with 14+ yrs experience I make squat
I'm a relatively new nurse (3 years), and I'm having regrets about being in nursing. Why nursing? I can't give a easy reply. I work rotating shifts, so my sleep is off. When I am off, I'm too tired to actually do something (except those essential things like Laundry). And I'm constantly thinking of work: will I float today, will we work short, what will I muck up this time. Why nursing? I have no clue.
I remember when hospitals were run by Health Care people not Big Business where the bottom line is FAR more important than the health of the patient. This is THE single reason that I want to get out of a profession that I love. I cannot stand to see others hurt or hurting because our society, in the US, has decided to turn its back on what really matters. Your health.
It is too bad that our society views us still to this day as only assistants
I find that there is less and less peer support possibly due to budget restraints.
I also have a daughter who has decided NOT to be a nurse. Why? She has said to family and friends that nurses work too hard and they don't make a great deal of money.
The "healthcare community" (big busines "managed care") doesn't give a hoot about us
Most nurses are too competitive and do not stand up for their peers. We are a profession that eats our young and we need to change that but I do not know how that will ever be accomplished.
our D.O.N. stated "if your not happy, quit, nurses are a dime a dozen."
$15 per day is all we get for being "on call" for 12 hours (for some nurses this will not cover the expense of an "on call" babysitter)
I've always felt that the conditions would have to be truly egregious in order for me to strike, but I think that the time might just be approachin'...
The most unsettling thing I have seen at a hospital that I was formerly employed at is that chief exec officers for nursing are NON nurses. This is grave.
It is time for our hospital based colleagues to be articulate--not witchy or whiny--about conditions that lead them to strike so that we can all have a voice for nursing.
AGAIN, NONE OF THE ABOVE WAS WRITTEN BY ME. I HAVE SIMPLY POSTED THESE QUOTES HERE TO SUPPORT MY OPINIONS...