:angryfire I'm not too sure I believe in the nursing shortage. I believe it's a way for all hospitals, nursing homes, etc. to short staff us. If you think about all of your friends that have left nursing within the last, say 5 years, I'm sure you could come up with quite a few nurses. Now take that times, however many floors in your hospital, times other hospitals, etc. I hope you get my point. All of these nurses left because they were so disgusted with their treatment, the lack of respect, md's not listening to them, md's not answering calls, our hours and pay. I could go on forever about "CONDITIONS".
I believe that if the hospitals, etc. started treating us better, paying us better, trying to work out some of these "CONDITIONS", and letting us give the patient care we all want to give, more nurses would come back into nursing. Rather than do the above, they would rather hire new grads (who don't get paid as much) and rip their way through them like they did the above, putting them in dangerous situations and being green they don't know their in over their heads. Or, they would rather steal nurses from other countries( who don't get paid as much), countries that could use the nurses more than we could.
I think this is an easy way out for the hospitals and other nurse employers. All they have to do is whine a little and then "Stick it to us", and we're sucking up everything they say.......
Come on people, lets grow some balls, or if you already have em, use em.... We need to do something NOW