Future Shortage in Bedside Nurses - page 10

by westieluv | 22,819 Views | 117 Comments

I have been an RN for 22 years. In recent years, we all know that the trend has been for acute inpatient facilities to try to hire BSN nurses as much as possible. However, another trend that I am seeing, both here on these forums... Read More


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    With the baby boomers who will soon burgeon the health care system, there will be a ton of hospice nurse openings coming up.
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    Hospice is awesome, you rarely see management, which is the big turnoff for new nurses. Anyone can get used to poop but evil managers, not! It wouldn't be happening if nurses were valued. Leave the bedside, come over to hospice.
    Last edit by enchantmentdis on Oct 6, '12 : Reason: spelling
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    Personally one thinks in a decade or so nursing care in the United States will resemble much of the UK and Europe; more "district nurses", home care, area clinics, etc. Hospitals and by extension bedside/inpatient care will be more and more reserved for various levels of acute care including pre and post op for major surgery. If the USA ever embraces midwifery, home births and lying-in hospitals there will be less of that as inpatient care as well.
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    I am one of said nurses. I got my BSN in 2006 and began my nursing in grueling med/surg, or as I like to call it, "the dungeon." I worked at a notoriously under-staffed and under-performing city hospital in nyc. I was tired of the unsafe nurseatient ratios. I was tired of the unsafe lifting. I was tired of going 14 hours without a break. I was tired of being abused by patients, physicians, and management. I was tired of wiping butts all day and handling the more disgusting realties of humanities. I am now in psych NP school. I went to an accelerated post-bac program, and most of my peers were very open and honest in the fact that they just saw being an RN as an unfortunate and annoying stepping stone to the path to be a CRNA. According to facebook, several of them are CRNAs/SRNAs. I say good for them. I want a fulfilling and satisfying career, not one where I am literally covered in **** while others figuratively **** on me.
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    Mystory I wish I could "like" your post above 100 times. Very well said, and unfortunately accurate of med/surg and acute units. I've been there myself. And there is no coincidence as to why med surg positions are regularly posted. Burnout is high and so is the turnover. Good luck with school!
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    I am a BSN nurse who also took organic chemistry. I value education and I think I am going to further my education eventually. If I do, I would get my masters in education. I love teaching and I would love to teach future nurses. A high paying job isn't really a priority. I don't want 100k a year.

    Also, NP school does not appeal to me at all. More responsibility, more liability, but yes more money. I just don't want to be on call, or to round on my patients, or the have 15min appointments, I just don't want that.
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    Quote from mystory
    I am one of said nurses. I got my BSN in 2006 and began my nursing in grueling med/surg, or as I like to call it, "the dungeon." I worked at a notoriously under-staffed and under-performing city hospital in nyc. I was tired of the unsafe nurseatient ratios. I was tired of the unsafe lifting. I was tired of going 14 hours without a break. I was tired of being abused by patients, physicians, and management. I was tired of wiping butts all day and handling the more disgusting realties of humanities. I am now in psych NP school. I went to an accelerated post-bac program, and most of my peers were very open and honest in the fact that they just saw being an RN as an unfortunate and annoying stepping stone to the path to be a CRNA. According to facebook, several of them are CRNAs/SRNAs. I say good for them. I want a fulfilling and satisfying career, not one where I am literally covered in **** while others figuratively **** on me.
    For many of us, bedside nursing IS a fulfilling and satisfying career. If you are constantly being abused by patients, physicians and management, maybe that's your fault. I doubt that dynamic will change just because you're an NP.
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    Quote from Ruby Vee

    For many of us, bedside nursing IS a fulfilling and satisfying career. If you are constantly being abused by patients, physicians and management, maybe that's your fault. I doubt that dynamic will change just because you're an NP.
    I wish I could like this a million times! I'm amazed when I read about people being constantly "abused" by everyone they one into contact with a the bedside. It's like this nurse I used to work with. I'd get report from her and 5 out of her 6 patients would be difficult, obnoxious, you name it. If all, or even most, of the people a person encounters are behaving badly, rude, "abusive," maybe it's time to look within.
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    Quote from Aurora77
    I wish I could like this a million times! I'm amazed when I read about people being constantly "abused" by everyone they one into contact with a the bedside. It's like this nurse I used to work with. I'd get report from her and 5 out of her 6 patients would be difficult, obnoxious, you name it. If all, or even most, of the people a person encounters are behaving badly, rude, "abusive," maybe it's time to look within.
    So true! I really don't think much of it anymore when people "warn" me about "difficult" patients. There was one nurse I used to work with kind of like the one you mentioned. A patient one time was venting to me about what a **** the nurse was! Of course, I remained professional, but I could see that being the real problem. There are some nurses who just don't belong on the floor. If it involves touching a patient, cleaning anything, or just providing basic care then they are annoyed by having to do it and deem the patient "difficult" or "high maintenance." They're also often the nurses who don't get along with any of the support staff and will say they are "lazy" or "have an attitude"...hmm...wonder why!
    Last edit by Esme12 on Nov 21, '12
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    It seems as though people want a little more than med surge money. I wouldn’t be comfortable trying to raise a family on 50K a year. It seemed to me when I was job shopping that raises came few and far between. I do not want to work the same (or similar) job for 20 ish years to only have my pay go up 10-15K in my working career. As nursing moves towards increased professionalism, with increased education and responsibilities, and can act as a households primary breadwinner; it will attract the type of person who wants to continuously move up in the ranks. I sure do. I love bedside nursing right now and its all I am trained for, but in 3 years or so when the Army says it’s time to move up and take more responsibility- I won’t hesitate.


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