I have discussed at length on this board in previous threads I have started about the plight of newly licensed registered nurses and new grads trying to gain employment. I have talked about how the patients will likely be neglected due to the systematic understaffing of hospitals and how the administrators who are “calling the shots” may very well be “shooting themselves in the foot” when it comes to what they may face later on due to the decisions they are making now.
The following article highlights in part what I have been talking about. It discusses a hospital that I have repeatedly tried to get a job at for a solid year now. I personally know people that work there and have been begging for help for well over a year. This hospital along with just about every other hospital all over the country just simply isn’t hiring nurses, particularly new nurses. Hospitals were understaffed before they by and large stopped hiring new grads during the summer of 2008 and the situation is just getting worse. Nurses currently working in hospitals are increasingly being over worked, asked to stay late to pull over-time, asked to come in on their off days. Their getting worn down and they, along with their patients are bound to suffer. We are seeing lately more nurses in hospitals protesting about the unsafe conditions for the patients as a consequence of the understaffing. Meanwhile you’ve got new RNs suppliant for jobs all over the country for well over a year now to no avail. Let’s not forget all those “recession-proof” nursing job articles (Forbes.com) that the media has been pumping out over the last year. I know all you unemployed new RNs out there just love those shoved in your face by misled people who think you are doing something wrong because you can’t get a job.
Back to the article at hand. Be sure to watch the news cast of the story as it appeared when originally aired by clicking on the video link provided within the article. I will provide a link to the article itself below. There is also a comments section below the article.
This could be you or a member of your family literally dying from bedsores.
Do you think the hospital might try to recoup some of its legal fees by going after the nurses involved?
How many of you med/surg nurses out there can honestly say that you consistently provide care to your patients the way that it should be?
How many of you have skipped lunch while on shift because you believed you just couldn’t leave your patient load long enough to grab a bite, and later received a tongue lashing for not taking that lunch break?
How has your work load been lately?
I could go on and on. My point is, the unemployment problems being faced by new RNs today can very well create problems for nurses currently working in hospitals. And there are a lot of unemployed experienced nurses out there as well. Just a little something for all you hard “working” nurses out there to think about.
Here’s the link to the article: