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- Feb 5, '11 by lperkrnCheck this out
"California's nursing shortage hasn't been fixed"
I'd say the writer is missing a huge piece--all the unemployed new grads. This writer needs to have a rebuttal. Anyone???
- Feb 5, '11 by MBARNBSNQuote from b52-hwhat influx of retirees??? the nurses i work with that are near retirement age (70) all plan to die on the job (no joke). the only ones talking about retiring are non-nurses who have pensions coming from working for a company that provided a pension back when he/she started working in the 70s and 80s. everyone else had retirement plans wiped out by walstreet, including me... however, i am relatively young just like the majority of my nursing co-workers so anyone waiting for us to retire will be waiting a long time.or
give grants to hospitals so they can accommodate more new graduates to prepare for the large influx of retirees.
just a thought.
also, another thought... most older nurses with experience do not work bedside any more, which is where new nurses need to start. so the influx of jobs will not be by the bedside any time soon even if they do retire. yes, i understand that if they retire from their nice positions that will open them up for experienced bedside nurses to move into those positions. however, not all of us can afford the pay cut to take jobs away from the bedside. thus, the government should not waste more money on new nurses. many new nurses already wasted enough government money taking out loans to attend expensive nursing programs based upon rumors of a nursing shortage that never existed and may never exist.Last edit by MBARNBSN on Feb 5, '11
- Feb 5, '11 by B52-HQuote from mbarnbsni meant the large amount of the public that is supposed to be retiring now (baby boomers etc) not nurses. i do agree that most of these people will probably not retire because retirements took a huge hit. check page 7 of the thread for a conversation about retiring nurseswhat influx of retirees??? the nurses i work with that are near retirement age (70) all plan to die on the job (no joke).
Quote from mbarnbsnso you are in favor of studying the mating habits of the pot-bellied spotted howling gecko wombat ? just kiddin, i understand what you are saying. my random thoughts are not always the best lolthus, the government should not waste more money on new nurses.Last edit by B52-H on Feb 5, '11
- Feb 5, '11 by B52-HQuote from lperkrnJust sent him an email with a link to this thread.Check this out
"California's nursing shortage hasn't been fixed"
I'd say the writer is missing a huge piece--all the unemployed new grads. This writer needs to have a rebuttal. Anyone???Last edit by B52-H on Feb 5, '11
- Feb 5, '11 by MBARNBSNQuote from B52-HI thought this was funny. Thanks for the laugh!!!So you are in favor of studying the mating habits of the Pot-Bellied Spotted Howling Gecko Wombat ? Just kiddin, I understand what you are saying. My random thoughts are not always the best lol
- Feb 5, '11 by NewTexasRNWords can't express how my heart breaks as I'm reading your posts. I feel for all you guys because I know what you are going through. I feel as if you guys have been betrayed by a system that only cares about making money. Hang in there. Some of you guys will have to relocate or pursue something else. My prayers goes out to you.
- Feb 5, '11 by bree*Quote from desontaWow that's completely frustrating. Like I said..I used to waitress at a breakfast place and make double that. Sure, my hours were set at about 30 hours per week...but it was a pretty decent paycheck and I can't say I was terribly stressed. Ya don't really know stress until you get into nursing school lol. Now everything seems much easier .They didn't offer me the $12 an hour job. They hired someone else. Sadly, I would have taken it if they had. Don't know how I would have paid the mortgage, though.
- Feb 5, '11 by bree*Quote from satritizeHey there! I feel your frustration. While I did not complete my BSN (I'm a LPN) I am still a little bothered by the fact that I wasted any time. In fact, that bothers me much more than the insane tuition that I paid..just for my LPN!The more I read this thread, the more I regret my BSN.
Right now I have basically a worthless piece of paper that I paid $80,000 for.
However, I have found that I am slowly being able to let go of the regret and anger by being big enough to admit to myself...this field isn't what is was cracked up to be and it's not going to get better any time soon. I refuse to be in denial and "hope" for another 2+ years that I will land a nursing job, because in another 2+ years I know I'll really have a reason to be angry if I wasted more time on nursing.
Am I still applying to jobs? Sure. It doesn't hurt to shoot your resume around. But in the meantime, I am applying EVERYWHERE. Reception, customer service, hotel housecleaning, waitress positions, administrative assistant positions, tutoring, nanny/daycare assistants, etc. <<<Do you notice that a nurse does pretty much all of those jobs and gets paid for one?
I welcome any stable paycheck at this point. I think I'm lucky because I took the LPN route and rejected the RN program. I don't have any current tuition debt and I don't have any major bills to pay because I have always lived WELL below my means. At same time, it's a tid bit depressing because I have wasted a few years on nursing and have watched many of my peers enjoy themselves, travel, party, get married, start families/have babies, and here I am with not much to show for.
I try to look at the bright side, like I said...no tuition debt and no huge bills to pay..but I feel stagnant. I don't want to just live to survive. I would like to progress and admitting that nursing doesn't offer that has taken a huge weight off my shoulders. I feel very lucky to have figured that out as quickly as I did.