Slow job market for nurses just a temporary blip, health care experts say - page 3
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The recession has finally caught up to nursing, the so-called "recession-proof" job. But experts say the demand for nurses won't be slowed for long. Evidence of the now-lagging nursing job market is anecdotal and... Read More
- 3Nov 26, '10 by DoGoodThenGoQuote from rph3664Guys, sadly it is not just the nursing/healthcare field where this is going on, but every type of employment and in many areas of the country.I'm a B.Sc.Pharm. pharmacist with 16 years of experience, and was laid off (long story, trust me) in March. Most hospitals won't even look at an application or resume unless the person has a Pharm.D., the 6-year degree, AND at least a 1-year residency, not even critical access facilities. You know and so do I that they're doing this to get younger people with less life experience in the door, so they can pay them less and dink them around in ways they can't with older people.
Right here in NYC you read media accounts and one knows many personal stories; unemployed and >35 you have a "hard" time finding work. Up that age to >45 and things get even bleaker (if that is possible), and worse of the lots are those >55+. The last can't get a call back much less an interview for love nor money.
In this age of online/email applications, then telephone/online interviews, an "experienced" or seasoned person if you like often does not have the chance to shine and sell themselves as one can do (if one knows how) in person. No, sadly many resort to removing much from their resume that can whomever will do the reading that will show their age.
It is a well documented fact that many "older" (if that is the correct word), workers are having the hardest time finding employment after this latest economic meltdown, and some may either never find work at wages anywhere near their previous level, or simply not find employment again at all.
You want to talk about a "forgotten generation", well if something is not done to address this matter this country is going to have a huge problem on it's hands.
- 0Nov 27, '10 by rph3664Quote from whereslillyAnd yet they want to get rid of the LPNs.Blip..ha! No, Get used to it kids! They have figured out RN's are a big expensive expendable drain at the bedside. Have you seen they have even invested in technology and made a RoboNurse! I believe RN's will be slowly fazed out..holding only a few supervisory positions. These positions will require advanced degrees. At the bedside will be techs, aides, and LPN's. I still see Lpn's being hired all the time. Why? They get paid alot less! Sorry to say it but anyone going to Nursing School now is just there for something pretty to hang on the wall!
Don't get me started on the ways that Walgreens and CVS are trying to eliminate the need for pharmacists. Not that I would work for either of those companies anyway.
- 1Nov 27, '10 by DoGoodThenGoQuote from Be12Well said!Being a nurse for over 20 years, I have seen the role of the R.N. change dramatically. I have been through the hospital cut backs which introduced unlicensed assistive personnel into the workplace. Registered Nurses were expected to delegate appropriate tasks to UAP's and be responsible for the outcome, even if the UAP didn't have the medical background and knowledge to complete the task up to suggested standards. Computer charting evolved and became the way of compacting and eliminating excess paper, however, the forms on the computer tried to eliminate the unecessary and we heard from our supervisor, "Chart only the Abnormals". Cut backs were everywhere in the hospital system in the 90's. We were given kudos for not using as much linen or wasting as many supplies in patients rooms. We were told that "not everyone needs a bath"...yes, we used to bathe each and every patient daily in the old days. I can remember feeling that the shape of nursing as I knew it was forever gone...and tears...yes, nursing was changed. It's not the same and we all know it. It's become about pinching pennies...about seeing the most patients with the fewest resources...including staff. I don't think that Nursing will ever again be the profession it was at one time. I'm sorry. I just don't.
While no one is advocating a wholesale return to the "pillow plumping" days, there has to be a happy medium between taking care of the basics and running a bare bones operation.
Everyone knows from their own personal experiences how good it feels to bathe/shower and then slip into a well made bed with clean sheets. When one isn't feeling well the impact is doubled IMHO,and yet some hospitals treat bed linen (and the subsequent changing of it) as if it were gold. I mean come on! On one side they are pushing "customer serivce/client" driven models along the lines of a hotel, but on the other a patient cannot get a daily change of bed linen?
What chuffs my pretty behind is while nursing staff is told to make do, and not want for what they haven't got, hospital administration, executives, boards and such are doing alright for themselves. Nice wages with regular increases, bonus pay for "meeting targets", oh and don't forget those trips/vacations/outings paid for with hospital funds.