Hospitals brace for nurse shortage - NY

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    [color=#6f6f6f]oneonta daily star, ny

    local hospitals are preparing for a nurse shortage, even though most administrators said they haven't been affected.


    "if you don't have enough nurses, it definitely affects patient care," said connie jastremski, the chief nursing officer at bassett healthcare in cooperstown. "we need to do better about being vigilant."


    margaretville memorial hospital and mountainside nursing home in margaretville are feeling the effects of the shortage.
    joseph dipalo, the hospital's chief executive officer, said the organization still needed to fill four full-time-equivalent nursing positions.

    full story: http://www.thedailystar.com/news/sto.../19/nurse.html
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    Quote from brian
    [color=#6f6f6f]oneonta daily star, ny

    local hospitals are preparing for a nurse shortage, even though most administrators said they haven't been affected.


    "if you don't have enough nurses, it definitely affects patient care," said connie jastremski, the chief nursing officer at bassett healthcare in cooperstown. "we need to do better about being vigilant."


    margaretville memorial hospital and mountainside nursing home in margaretville are feeling the effects of the shortage.
    joseph dipalo, the hospital's chief executive officer, said the organization still needed to fill four full-time-equivalent nursing positions.

    full story: http://www.thedailystar.com/news/sto.../19/nurse.html
    thanks for sending this our way. i have been investigating relocating to the upstate ny areas of either delaware, greene or columbia counties. the problem i found is the significant pay difference between what hospitals pay up there vs what i am making in nj working for an agency. apparently the shortage is not so bad that they are using agency nurses to any degree. i have found experienced nurses in the albany area getting paid $19/hour. even if i take into account lower housing costs, i still find that energy costs are extremely high....fuel for the car and utilities for the house. also, food costs are much higher in upstate ny.

    we may not be in love with our profession for the money..........but we need to pay bills and we are entitled to a "life" outside of work.....all of that takes money!
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    Thanks for sending this our way. I have been investigating relocating to the upstate NY areas of either Delaware, Greene or Columbia Counties. The problem I found is the significant pay difference between what hospitals pay up there vs what I am making in NJ working for an agency. Apparently the shortage is not so bad that they are using agency nurses to any degree. I have found experienced nurses in the Albany area getting paid $19/hour. Even if I take into account lower housing costs, I still find that energy costs are extremely high....fuel for the car and utilities for the house. Also, food costs are much higher in upstate NY.

    We may not be in love with our profession for the money..........but we need to pay bills and we are entitled to a "life" outside of work.....all of that takes money!
    It's true that that far upstate in NY, the pay does go down some. But the housing is less expensive also.
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    The Nursing shortage is bad here in Upstate NY, new grads are getting jobs in the specialty units, and they can't throw enough sign- on bonus $ to lure them in.
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    I live in Up-Upstate (directly east of lake ontario) & the cities that I have a choice to work in are Watertown or Syracuse. I have been thinking about going for my LPN and waiting on the RN (if ever), but am worried about never being able to work in a hospital. (I would want to work in a hosital at least 3 years and then go into home health or hospice as a LPN) But people are always telling me that I will be limited as a LPN to only LTC. I see it as it would be what I make of it & if the nursing shortage is that bad, why wouldn't there be opportunities for me?
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    I don't know about New York but in Texas LVN's are not limited except to Labor and Delivery. I have been an LVN for 15 years and have worked in NBICU,CCU,MICU,PICU, pediatrics orthopedics and neurology. I also did a stint as a travel nurse in these fields. I have never had a complaint about the salary. I am and have been working towards my BSN so that I can advance to my MSN either as a Nurse Practitioner or CRNA. I do know that the LVNS duties vary greatly depending on which state you go to, some don't even allow us to work with and start IVS. In Texas we are not allowed to start a blood transfusion but in Oklahoma at least up till a few years ago this was ok. Good Luck with your schooling.


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