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To DoGoodThenGo: Actually, it was HSS, not Lenox Hill. But that's interesting that they have lots of foreign nurses staff in the night. Hmmm, why is that that? Yeah, I can see Lenox Hill going through changes especially with LIJ taking them over. I didn't know they were struggling financially, so interesting. Lenox Hill is a really good hospital, I did one of my rotations there and staff is unbelievably nice. Very clean and up to standard.
To sauconyrunner: Wow, I never had interviews before so I wasn't aware that you were pretested (pharm exam, EKG exam) That's kinda scary because I can probably do good on the pharm exam but I'm not too good with an EKG. When my sister volunteered thru Project Healthcare at Bellevue, she said the volunteers were doing EKGs but it's nothing hard. When you say rural, can you give me names of areas? I am not familiar with rural areas and when that comes to mind, I do think of the south. I have some family in Walterboro, SC and it's definitely rural, pure dirt roads, every store is like miles away; a car is required, not preferred,
To Heavenlylola: Congrats on being a camp nurse and to me, that's something! I can't believe they wouldn't count that as experience. I mean, after doing so much research, getting that acute hospital experience is not everything. Home health care nurses actually have to do alot as well and sometimes they give IVs. It may not be fast paced but it's definitely something. But even the home health care nursing positions wants me to have experiences to.
Thanks again everyone for the comments and motivation. Good luck as well,
So much is going on right now in terms of healthcare and NYC/NYS is one of the most expensive places in the USA to build, run and or provide health services that any little thing can set off chain reactions.
Between the financial/credit crisis of the past few years and the recession which followed both the NY state's and local government's balance sheets are hurting. In the past each would have borrowed their way out of a temporary mess, but that source is tapped out as well. The other option would have been to raise taxes, but since we already pay some of the highest in the nation, people have made it clear to elected officals that ship has sailed. Instead all you hear is cuts, cuts, cuts.
The other problem is something that has been known to NYC and NYS officals for years. There simply are (or were) too many inpatient hospital and nursing home beds in many areas of the state all going after the same populations. In order for some to survive others would have to go. Sadly the state and local areas dragged their feet and now the market place in all it's cruelty is doing the dirty work for them.
It wasn't that long ago NYC area hospitals like others were engaged in an arms race to add new inpatient beds. Now they are closing units down, laying off staff and otherwise shrinking. What growth/building is happening is in outpatient/ambulatory care services. All over NYC you see various hospital affliated clinics and such sprouting up. Between NYP and MSKCC York Avenue and the surrounding area is fast becoming one big construction site as each annouce plans for new outpatient buildings.
Before I shut my mouth must address the huge imbalance of healthcare in NYC.
We have quite allot of poor, working poor, illegal immigrant, lower middle class and even middle class persons who either lack insurance or are under insured. Even those with coverage are likely to have it via Medicare or Medicaid. This places a huge financial drain on hospitals, especially safety net/charity facilities. If you look at all the places that have shut down over the past six years most every single one was a major provider of charity care.
Of all the NYC hospital systems IIRC only one or two actually have anywhere near healthy balance sheets. One is NS-LIJ (who has been on a shopping spree lately buying up places left and right), the others are MSKCC and perhaps Mount Sinai, NYU and NYP to an extent. The rest are in various states of red ranging from pink to blood blue.
Nursing service is one of the highest costs for a hospital and in the NYC area because of high living costs that goes double. To control those costs places are using various ways to either get more from the staffing they have, and or find ways to deliver care using *cheaper* staff.
All this is occuring with enrollment at area nursing schools
off the charts and record numbers of new graduates pouring out each year. If that wasn't enough you have experienced and new graduate nurses from NJ, LI, Conn, Westchester and upstate NY willing to commute into the city, *and* those from all over the country for various professional and personal reasons moving here as well.
Right now all eyes are on Brooklyn. Wyckoff, Interfaith, Downstate and a few others are in various stages of "bad" and sooner or later one or more may close or merge. Either way you're looking at layoffs and a loss of yet another place for nurses to be employed.