Quote from buddhak0n
Nursing Shortage? Yeah so they say but everytime I walk by a nursing station I can't rightly say that I see any dramatic shortage of people hanging around.. sorry I know that's probably not fair but my wife has been in health care for years and years and years... and I've been around and some of it is TRUE and some of it is " FICTION" <g>
Let me see if I understand this.
Based on your casual observation as a non-nurse walking past a nurses' station, you see several people and deduce that there is no nursing shortage. Do you know for a fact that all of those people were nurses? As in "real nurses" (LPNs/RNs)? For all you know, they could have been housekeeping staff, Bio-Med, UCs, aides, heck, any old Tom, Dick or Harry these days for that matter. Just because there are a lot of people at a nurses' station does not=good staffing.
Your wife has "years and years and years in health care." In what capacity? As a nurse? Because if she's not a nurse, again, neither of you can really speak to staffing issues of nurses since neither of you would know what nurses need.
I noticed the <g> at the end of your post. I suppose that was to indicate that what you wrote was intended to be somewhat humorous. Please know that for those of us who really are nurses, understaffing is not a laughing matter, something you will become painfully aware of should you become a nurse yourself.