$3.9 million gift will attack nursing shortage

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    A new career-change program allowing people with bachelor's degrees in other subjects to earn a bachelor's in nursing in 15 months is being launched here as part of a new $3.9 million gift from Methodist Healthcare Ministries to the University of Texas Health Science Center, officials said Monday.

    The three-year grant, designed to quickly produce new nurses and nursing faculty, was described as the single biggest gift in the UT School of Nursing's 40-year history. The money will be used for new faculty members in three new degree programs, and to help equip a new virtual training hospital with lifelike patient mannequins and computers.

    http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/edu.../83840912.html
    Will they be hiring new nurses in 15 months? I sure hope so for all our sakes!
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    Nursing shortage? What nursing shortage? There's too many unemployed nurses in local, regional, and national job markets for this so-called nursing shortage to be legitimate.

    Perhaps the money should be allocated toward job placement for unemployed nurses instead of continuing to supply the job market when there's no demand.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    Nursing shortage? What nursing shortage? There's too many unemployed nurses in local, regional, and national job markets for this so-called nursing shortage to be legitimate.

    Perhaps the money should be allocated toward job placement for unemployed nurses instead of continuing to supply the job market when there's no demand.
    I just did a job search for new grad nurse jobs in San Antonio with no results. I'm going to try it again another way. I'd be glad to move to San Antonio to help out with the shortage.

    ... I did find a few with no experience requirements specified. Going to give it a go.
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    This is so stupid-

    Bush sent million$ to the area where I live for nurse tuition as part of the "Nurse Reinvestment Act" and there has been a nurse surplus here for years. That huge chunk of taxpayer's money only made it worse.
    This is just more stupidity.
    Skeletor likes this.
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    Yeah, right, as if that is going to work. Where have these people been? We don't need more funding to have more unemployed new grads. We need funding for job creation and on the job training. When are the decision makers going to figure this out?!
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    Quote from lperkrn
    Yeah, right, as if that is going to work. Where have these people been? We don't need more funding to have more unemployed new grads. We need funding for job creation and on the job training. When are the decision makers going to figure this out?!
    Maybe somebody needs to tell them.
    tsalagicara and DizzyMissLizzy9 like this.
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    you know, i've talked about this once before here several years ago, and many people actually got incensed and irate, and called me a troll for even offering up the idea. but good ideas should not die, so here it goes again.

    make nursing a tax free employment option.

    here's why, it would not only entice more people into nursing, but in the long run it would actually help employers towards hiring more nurses. consider that when someone applies for a job and calculates his take home; that is the figure that determines whether a career is economically viable or not. while people may not want to flip bedpans, they may do it if their take home salaries are good enough. consider that the federal government takes roughly 25% of a nurses' income, what if that 25% was added back into the paycheck? what would happen?

    first, employers would thank the government because the feds just gave their nurses a raise and it didn't cost them a dime. the money saved could go towards many other patient care things, including hiring more nurses. it would be as if someone gave their payroll budget a 25% increase. secondly, downstream from this, is the fact that people would be attracted to a profession that is "tax free" in some sense. at any rate, it would goes towards keeping many in the profession who are choosing to abandon ship after a few bedside years.

    note, this idea does not need to be enacted fully at 100%. it could also come in the form of federal tax incentives, percentage rated rebates, say for years of service, whatever. my point is, that the federal government could do a lot more than what it has. if nursing "shortages" can be mitigated by h1b visas, then a change of a few lines in the tax code is not without possibility. further, don't let anyone tell you that there isn't a shortage, there is; when a patient rings that bell and a nurse doesn't answer, that is a shortage. it's the politics and economics of nursing that has also contributed to that and we can see what has happened.

    no nurses at the bedside while thousands are standing in the street begging for a job?

    what the hell is wrong with that picture?

    imho, employers need to be able to financially shoulder hiring more nurses. it it takes the federal government to subsidize this by making nurses a tax favored profession, then just do it. a plan such as the above would not only create more nurses, but ensure that those nurses being produced have impact at the bedside; the final judge overall is more positive patient care outcomes.
    CrazierThanYou, Skeletor, areawoman, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from Miss_Chybil
    Will they be hiring new nurses in 15 months? I sure hope so for all our sakes!
    There is nothing in the article or grant about jobs or employment -- the gift will simply enable the school to crank out more jobless new grads than it is already cranking out ...
    Multicollinearity likes this.
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    A BSN in 15 months just for having a previous bachelors in ANY other field? *****? It took me 18 months just to get my ADN. I guess next they will allow you to turn in the proof of purchase on a couple boxes of Cheerios and they will send you a degree by mail. Im so tired of people watering down this profession.....not job.....profession. I hear there will be a shortage of general practice MDs in the near future. Can I buy all the Grays Anatomy and House series on DVD and send in my reciept in exchange for my MD license??
    want2banrn, tewdles, kcochrane, and 3 others like this.
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    All i'm reading is a bunch of people not willing to relocate for a job. Your average life on the floor is five years and if the local economy has been hit you should be dang sure your going to be a trickle down of this. There are plenty of head hunters, jobs, and other opportunities for people with a license.

    Suck it up at least you have a trait that is employable during an economic downturn that only compares to the 1930's. Time to pack up the model-t, put grandma on the luggage rack, and head where you find a job. 1/2 my family just moved back east because the company they worked for shut down their west-coast operations and moved them back to Virgina.

    Anyways the article is talking about the future baby-boomer shortage, not the short term solution that everyone is looking for.

    ...and if people really can't "find a job" the military is always hiring, but people are to lazy to go to indeed.com to find something then they are to lazy to do basic training. eat the cake and go to weight watchers and wonder why im fat mentality.


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