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a prescription for the nursing shortage

[color=#6f6f6f]town hall, dc - 16 hours ago

we need to train more nurses at home. you might think that, with nursing jobs going unfilled, our universities would be recruiting nurses as fast as they ...

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Assist experienced LPN's by fast-tracking through the RN program. Assist them with funding their education. Easy solution. Why isn't it being done:uhoh3: now?

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Wouldn't it make more sense to address the issues in nursing that cause high turnover rates? High patient to nurse ratios, poor technology use, etc.

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There's about 6.2 million people in Arizona and of that there are about 64,400 active RNs. Note AZ nurses need to renew licenses every 4 years so some of the 64k+ may be retired. Even so, that's about 1 RN per 96 Arizonans. If half were retired there would still be plenty of RNs to fill health care jobs in Arizona.

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Wouldn't it make more sense to address the issues in nursing that cause high turnover rates? High patient to nurse ratios, poor technology use, etc.

Indeed. Rather than pumping more through the system at a faster rate. Let's fix some of the big problems first.

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fronkey bean has 13 years experience and specializes in Cardiac Care, ICU.

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Wouldn't it make more sense to address the issues in nursing that cause high turnover rates? High patient to nurse ratios, poor technology use, etc.

and wouldn't it be nice to have some incentive for experienced RN's to stay at the bedside. I've been working 13 years at the same place and make about 6/hr more than a new grad., and senority is only rarely the deciding factor in filling a position. It is depressing.:o

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Indeed. Rather than pumping more through the system at a faster rate. Let's fix some of the big problems first.

Ok then, let them continue to fill the shortage with foriegn nurses instead, to encourage employers to keep the pay rates lower, instead of assisting American LPN's to continue their education...........hmmmm:nono:

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the nursing profession is not looked upon as a profession and skill by the younger set. We need to make the job more attractive with salaries, seniority incentives, and career ladders

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How about utilizing all nursing staff to their full capabilities? As a LPN I cannot work in the hospital in my town due to the fact I'm not a RN. Why is it that LPNs are not being utilized? Last time I checked we had to go to school put in clinical hours, do care plans, learn to calculate meds, hang and start IVs, head to toe assessments, etc......(there's just tooo much to list) So can anyone answer why it is that LPNs aren't being utilized to their full capabilities???????:idea:

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I'm just thrilled that at least the nursing shortage is on the radar screen of at least one presidential candidate. Have any of the other candidates mentioned it once in all the talk about health care reform?

I'm also excited because the VA is one of my preferences for where to work when I'm through with school. I'm going to look up that Virtual VA Academy right now!

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and wouldn't it be nice to have some incentive for experienced RN's to stay at the bedside. I've been working 13 years at the same place and make about 6/hr more than a new grad., and senority is only rarely the deciding factor in filling a position. It is depressing.:o

I have been working at the same hospital for 15 years. New grads make about $4.00 less than I do. After 3 years they top out and nurses with 20 years or 3 years make the same. There also is no pay diff for AD, BSN, or MSN rns at the bedside. I agree with the others in that to fix the immediate problem, we need to work on retention of our experienced nurses. Recruiting others to enter the field only works in the longterm if they stay in the field.!!

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