Another Article About the "Nursing Shortage" - page 2

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Here is a news article and video about how the nursing shortage is affecting nurses at the bedside. Suzanne Gordon, a nurse and author of several books, tries to bring awareness to the public about the role of nursing. How long... Read More


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    Quote from toxicshock
    hearing about the shortage makes me so mad. i would give anything to get into nursing school and become a nurse, but it's so hard to get into the program at my school!

    if nurses are in such a dire need, why are there only 50 (for example) spots open, when there are over 200 applicants? not enough nursing teachers? then encourage that!
    unfortunately that would take money to encourage nursing instructors and i imagine it will have to get worse until the situation is actually addressed in a serious manner.

    everyone and their twin sister seems to be getting into nursing around here. i sometimes fail to see where this "shortage" is.
    it's at the bedside. the conditions are less than desirable and it is a revolving door for those that are lucky enough to go through nursing.
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    Sorry if I am 'beating a dead horse' but I, as well as others on this board, are really questioning whether there really is a need for nurses.

    Im not so sure I would go to nursing school if I could do things over, and what people don't understand is nursing schools already HAVE increased their admit rates. Many western states have DOUBLED the number of nursing school graduates, now what the problem is, THESE GRADUATES ARE HAVING A HARD TIME GETTING JOBS!!!@!
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    What's going on at the bedside? I've heard of "abuse" from other nurses and doctors, but what kind of abuse?
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    Quote from nieruth
    I don't think there is Really a Nursing shortage in US. Because if there has one, they should be importing lots of Nurses from different countries.
    They are in my hospital already. And they're supposed to be of higher education too! But they sure don' t seem to perform as such. They're supposed to refrain from engaging in their country's native tongue but they show no signs of ceasing this either. It presents a huge segregation in my hospital.

    Ah, but reality and what's "supposed" to happen on my unit seem to be mutually exclusive.

    Chloe
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    Quote from ToxicShock
    What's going on at the bedside? I've heard of "abuse" from other nurses and doctors, but what kind of abuse?
    It's not even the "abuse" that you refer to. It's long hours, working short-staffed on a consistent basis, putting up with "the "customer is always right" attitude regardless of what is good for the patient, often having to take on more than just nursing duties, poor pay, nurses with 20 years' experience making less than new grads. The list goes on.
    gogogirl and TheCommuter like this.
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    Quote from Katnip
    nurses with 20 years' experience making less than new grads. The list goes on.
    This is off-subject, but I recently discovered that I'm earning a higher hourly pay rate than a coworker with many years worth of experience. In fact, this middle-aged woman is the lowest-paid nurse in the building.
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    I don't know if teachers' unions are an issue across the board. I've heard of different compensation for instructors in different schools of a university. For example, I've heard of instructors in the business school of a uni making more than instructors of a similar level of course (undergrad, masters) with a similar degree (PhD) in a different school at the same uni. Maybe the graduate division of the business school had much higher fees and tuition than other schools in the university allowing them to offer higher salaries. I know it's not uncommon for professional graduate programs to have higher fees than other graduate programs in a uni. I don't have the details, unfortunately.
    Last edit by jjjoy on Jun 3, '08
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    This is off-subject, but I recently discovered that I'm earning a higher hourly pay rate than a coworker with many years worth of experience. In fact, this middle-aged woman is the lowest-paid nurse in the building.
    WHAT?!?! How is this possible? Did she miss her raises over the years? Is this our own fate? I thought all new grads started at entry level pay.

    Chloe
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    If nurses are in such a dire need, why are there only 50 (for example) spots open, when there are over 200 applicants? Not enough nursing teachers? Then encourage THAT!

    I make more than the nursing instructors that taught me. Crazy!


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