Nurse shortage can be hazardous to health

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    nurse shortage can be hazardous to health
    faced with lawsuits and pressure from nurses, hospitals are trying to recruit and keep more nurses, as having too few nurses can cost patients their health and sometimes their lives.


    ap/kansas city star, march 29, 2004
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    Quote from nrskarenrn
    nurse shortage can be hazardous to health
    faced with lawsuits and pressure from nurses, hospitals are trying to recruit and keep more nurses, as having too few nurses can cost patients their health and sometimes their lives.


    ap/kansas city star, march 29, 2004
    no kidding!!! the attitude of hospital administrators, is seemingly either, 1 "there is no shortage of nurses." even some nurses here on this bb feel that way. or 2 "this will all go away soon, it always has." i am only speaking from what i see in my local area. i am aware that some ha's have finally gotten the message loud and clear. this thing about lawsuits, in my personal opinion, is directly caused by the number of people without any health insurance, the number last year was 40,000,000, this year analysts, expect that number to double. and that is a direct result of our congressmen and senators paying more attention to foreign interests than our own domestic needs. did you see the post about medicare possibly going broke in the year 2019? medicade has just done that what would you bet that medicare will go broke before 2019, i'd bet the rental property :chuckle as to patients health and well being your message is all to true.
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    Quote from nrskarenrn
    nurse shortage can be hazardous to health
    faced with lawsuits and pressure from nurses, hospitals are trying to recruit and keep more nurses, as having too few nurses can cost patients their health and sometimes their lives.


    ap/kansas city star, march 29, 2004
    very interesting article, thanks for the link. i have been out of the hospital for 13 years, planning to return this summer. i'm working on msn, costs a lot of money so i need to make more money than what i make now. if minimum staffing ratios are implemented and followed, and i have time to provide nursing care for my patients, i'll stay in the hospital setting for years. if it is horribly understaffed, and i feel that my license is on the line, i won't stay. also, if there is mandatory overtime and too many back stabbing floor nurses this would also push me out the door. many more nurses would return to the hospital if they knew decent ratios of nurses and patients would be followed. of course there are many other issues in nursing that needs to be addressed, but those are for other threads!
    cheryl
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    Quote from nrskarenrn
    nurse shortage can be hazardous to health
    faced with lawsuits and pressure from nurses, hospitals are trying to recruit and keep more nurses, as having too few nurses can cost patients their health and sometimes their lives.


    ap/kansas city star, march 29, 2004
    :angryfire yeah, yeah! there is a lot of nurning shortage everywhere! i am living in florida and i know that we need more professional nurse asap! but you know how many nurses are doing another jobs like
    homemaker, housekeeping, janitor, ect. because they do not have
    the licence of the state? and starting tomorrow april 1st, the nclex
    rn will be more difficult with grafics, multiple choices, ect. why they ( board of nursing) is doing this? i am very disappointed about it! i have rn with lic. from puerto rico and i am looking forward to take the nclex as soon i can, but let me tell you that i am affraid to take it! i am just thinking about: do the patients are having a quality services? maybe they are of course, but with more nurses
    is going to be better service. :angryfire
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    I believe some hospitals are using the nursing shortage to purposely NOT have enough staffing. All they have to say is, "We can't find anyone to hire! "They're just not there!" One other thing I hear alot (and this is not addressed to the nurse above who mentioned backstabbing, just an observation of mine), nurses are occasionally called back stabbing, quick to condemn, etc.. Some blame it on the majority of us being female. Some say it is something inherent to nurses, (never could figure that one). I think it is this very stressful, unhealthy, run til you drop- and it still is not enough, atmosphere that many of us work in. Frequently at my hospital, our days are hectic, stressful, no time to de-stress, no breaks, no time to even go to the bathroom, if we do slow down, someone could die, or at the least choke or develop a decubitus.At the end of the day instead of going home feeling proud, like we accomplished something, we go home feeling sorry for all we couldn't get done, or couldn't do as well as we would have, had we had the time. Could it be this incredible stress makes us a little less 'nice' to be around? Fatigue can also do that to a person. If we were given a smaller pt load. Felt we had time to do the best care we have been taught to give, and had time to actually help one another, I think we could develop the kind of reputation I see those in the business office have. They are so much more relaxed, and can afford to take a few minutes to chat, and ask how someone is doing, etc. Pts would benefit from a less hectic nurse, also. Sorry to hijack this thread. I just had one of my all-time bad weeks at work, and it is leaking out. (On top of that, I have a very bad cold, of which I choose to blame on the lack of rest, lack of proper food, and fluids, extreme stress, and fatigue I suffered at work last week. Just kidding.)
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    Quote from plumrn
    I believe some hospitals are using the nursing shortage to purposely NOT have enough staffing. All they have to say is, "We can't find anyone to hire! "They're just not there!" One other thing I hear alot (and this is not addressed to the nurse above who mentioned backstabbing, just an observation of mine), nurses are occasionally called back stabbing, quick to condemn, etc.. Some blame it on the majority of us being female. Some say it is something inherent to nurses, (never could figure that one). I think it is this very stressful, unhealthy, run til you drop- and it still is not enough, atmosphere that many of us work in. Frequently at my hospital, our days are hectic, stressful, no time to de-stress, no breaks, no time to even go to the bathroom, if we do slow down, someone could die, or at the least choke or develop a decubitus.At the end of the day instead of going home feeling proud, like we accomplished something, we go home feeling sorry for all we couldn't get done, or couldn't do as well as we would have, had we had the time. Could it be this incredible stress makes us a little less 'nice' to be around? Fatigue can also do that to a person. If we were given a smaller pt load. Felt we had time to do the best care we have been taught to give, and had time to actually help one another, I think we could develop the kind of reputation I see those in the business office have. They are so much more relaxed, and can afford to take a few minutes to chat, and ask how someone is doing, etc. Pts would benefit from a less hectic nurse, also. Sorry to hijack this thread. I just had one of my all-time bad weeks at work, and it is leaking out. (On top of that, I have a very bad cold, of which I choose to blame on the lack of rest, lack of proper food, and fluids, extreme stress, and fatigue I suffered at work last week. Just kidding.)

    You're not hijacking the thread, everything you said is totally on target and I agree with you WHOLEheartedly. Great post.
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    hello all am glad you posted this thread...I agree with PlumRn and no you are not hijacking the thread. Have been out the nursing scene for almost 20 months was serving US Army overseas in another occupation...I come back and somethings just have not changed at all. Working as a agency nurse new to a facility. Had me laughing...simple manners like the staff nurses introducing themselves..taking 5 mins before the shift started to show me where basic things are..ie staff bathroom would have been nice. Its these "little'" things that really are big things. You may ask what does this have to do with the shortage? Simple it would keep us human towards each other and maybe just maybe...keep agency nurses wanting to come back to the same faclitiy and maybe just maybe.. help staff members ease a little of the many tensions they face in shift.....

    Just my thoughts...

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    I do not think there are any more nurses now than before. What I have found, at least in Texas, is that more nursing duties such as drawing labs, monitoring telemetry, even starting IVs in some cases to non nurses. Some units are staffed w/ only 1-2 RN's w/ LVNs and CNA's giving meds and providing bedside care. This is not considered understaffed by admin, although I'll bet that the patients are not aware of the RN ratio.
    No Kidding!!! The attitude of Hospital Administrators, is seemingly either, 1 "There is no shortage of nurses." Even some nurses here on this BB feel that way. Or 2 "This will all go away soon, it always has." I am only speaking from what I see in my local area. I am aware that some HA's have finally gotten the message loud and clear. This thing about lawsuits, in my personal opinion, is directly caused by the number of people without any Health Insurance, the number last year was 40,000,000, this year analysts, expect that number to double. And that is a direct result of our Congressmen and Senators paying more attention to foreign interests than our own domestic needs. Did you see the post about Medicare possibly going Broke in the year 2019? Medicade has just done that What would you bet that medicare will go broke before 2019, I'd bet the rental Property :chuckle As to patients health and well being your message is all to true. [/QUOTE]


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