Future Shortage in Bedside Nurses - page 9

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... Read More

  1. Visit  jrwest profile page
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    yeah, they keep treating us like feces you bet there will be a shortage.
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  3. Visit  acerbia profile page
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    BSN nursing student here - can't wait to become a bedside nurse!
  4. Visit  DoeRN profile page
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    God willing there will be one less bedside nurse this time next year. Me! I'm starting to have health issues and get tired of being dumped on because I'm a float nurse. I work much better in a quiet office, with no one else around and not micro managed to death. I'm so not a people person and have no idea why I worked the bedside for so long. I guess I thought it would change me. Nope it has made me worse. I wanted to be a research nurse when I first went to nursing school and had no intentions of staying at the bedside this long. Oh well life happens.
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  5. Visit  bradons profile page
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    There is currently a shortage that is going to become worse and worse.

    Its christmas and I'm burnt out.
  6. Visit  SleeepyRN profile page
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    Thousands of new nurses are spit out of schools a year with hospitals not even giving us the time of day for bedside nursing because there are just too darn many of us. Give me an opportunity to work bedside for life, and I'll take it. In my dreams so far, and I graduated 8 months ago.
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  7. Visit  momo72 profile page
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    My hope is that the higher up's of hospitals, that force bedside nurses to focus on customer satisfaction scores,will realize that a bedside nurse with outrageous and unsafe nurse to patient ratios will have better satisfaction scores, better patient outcomes and a happy staff once they give bedside nurses safe nurse to patient ratios. Maybe the hospital will see a return on their investment from new grads and less turnover in the unit as a whole. Just my 2cents!

    Michele RN
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  8. Visit  jrwest profile page
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    Quote from Sirius Squint
    Thousands of new nurses are spit out of schools a year with hospitals not even giving us the time of day for bedside nursing because there are just too darn many of us. Give me an opportunity to work bedside for life, and I'll take it. In my dreams so far, and I graduated 8 months ago.
    dont forget you might have to change areas- all the hospitals in my area are hiring new grads.
  9. Visit  SleeepyRN profile page
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    Quote from jrwest
    dont forget you might have to change areas- all the hospitals in my area are hiring new grads.
    I have considered that a great deal and am willing to relocate to pursue my dreams. However, everything I have read on this site matches what seams to be going on in my area (chicagoland). Not enough jobs. May I ask what hospitals you are speaking of, as I am very serious about my pursuit in my career? I'm starting to feel like I made huge mistake majoring in Nursing, even though I love it.
  10. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Quote from Sirius Squint
    May I ask what hospitals you are speaking of, as I am very serious about my pursuit in my career? I'm starting to feel like I made huge mistake majoring in Nursing, even though I love it.
    A simple click of this member's profile indicates his/her location is in Western New York.

    In general, nursing jobs are still abundant in places where many people do not wish to live, such as North Dakota, towns along the Mexico border, and extreme rural areas with 'dying' towns that lack many basic services.
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  11. Visit  jrwest profile page
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    Yes- Western Ny-like Buffalo, Rochester. Not exactly desireable places to live :-/I'd move, but my spouse does not want to.If you want specifics you could pm me if you like.
  12. Visit  RoyalNurse profile page
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    Quote from westieluv
    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 and in the places where I have worked, is that most of the young BSN nurses have no desire to do bedside nursing any longer than they have to. All I seem to hear is that they all want to either move into a management position or go back to school to become an NP or CRNA. Even the ones who haven't voiced those goals have expressed a great contempt for bedside Med/Surg nursing and want to work in specialty areas such as OB. The thought process seems to be that they didn't go to school for four years "just to" care for sick people at the bedside. If this continues, it seems that there is going to be a great shortage of bedside nurses in the near future as more and more of the "old school" nurses retire. Does anyone else see this where you work? What happens to the army when everyone wants to be a general and no one wants to be a foot soldier? I'm just curious. I have over 100 undergrad college credits that I could apply towards a BSN, but at this point in my career, I just want to finish out my years as a nurse taking care of people who need help. Never had any desire to climb the ladder whatsoever. Are any of you new grads in the same boat, where you would be contented to do bedside nursing for the foreseeable future, or is being a bedside nurse becoming passe'?
    Not so much pass, as just plain unsafe. I am a BSN nurse, I've done ICU, telemetry and ER for the past 5 years, and have found myself in increasingly worsening working conditions. No lunch break for 12.5 hours, no one around to help with lifting a patient, 3 intubated patients in ICU, 2 with ET tubes, one sick Trach/vent on Levophed. The times I've had a tech really available to me in both places (ER and ICU) have been increasingly rare. And it doesn't matter what hospital, they're pretty much the same, willing to cut nursing care at the drop of a hat. I've heard lots of excuses: we have to prepare for Obamacare, we're actively hiring for nurses, (no one new shows up), etc. I really enjoy bedside nursing, and would love to continue, but not at the risk of harming a patient or losing my license.
  13. Visit  Mulan profile page
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    A simple click of this member's profile indicates his/her location is in Western New York.

    In general, nursing jobs are still abundant in places where many people do not wish to live, such as North Dakota, towns along the Mexico border, and extreme rural areas with 'dying' towns that lack many basic services.
    I don't see anyone's location when I click on their profile.

    Why are you seeing it?

    Are you outing people as to what part of the country they are from?

    This site is definitely not as anonymous as some would think if that's the case.
  14. Visit  jrwest profile page
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    Yes, one can choose to put whatever they want on their profile- I felt ok putting a general location of western NY. I thought you just click on the name?

    how funny, i click on the profile now and nothing shows, weird.
    Last edit by jrwest on Jan 19, '13


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