Future Shortage in Bedside Nurses

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by westieluv westieluv Member

Specializes in Med/Surg, Tele, Dialysis, Hospice. Has 26 years experience.

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cdsga

cdsga

Specializes in ICU, PACU, OR. Has 37 years experience. 391 Posts

To those people who have said those things truly got into nursing for a different reason than the creed they took upon graduation. There are those who tenaciously seek to better themselves to know themselves better. That mirrors Maslow's acme-Self Actualization. Those folks have used the building blocks of experience, continual education, honing skills and assisting others in learning-passing on skills and knowledge to grow the profession.

To those who strive for self-actualization rather than self gratification get my vote of confidence with or without obtaining higher degrees. It takes a strong person to be honest with themselves and continually evaluate the why's of getting into a truly service profession.

fiesty_red_head

fiesty_red_head

7 Posts

I am finishing up my Bachelor's degree now, and it is not to necessarily move up the ladder. A lot of hospitals in my area only want Bachelor's degrees for any units. I graduated in 2010 and feel that to be an effective manager someday that I need to have many years of bedside nursing under my belt. So for right now bedside nursing is the path for me. P.S. I currently work in a long term care facility, which is ok, but I feel like a lot of my skills are not being used.

cdsga

cdsga

Specializes in ICU, PACU, OR. Has 37 years experience. 391 Posts

I don't think there is anything wrong with doing what is going to be the expectation-which entry level nurse at BSN level. I think it should be applauded. What I do think the initiator of the blog is stating is true. There are x number of management positions. But there are many more needs for bedside nurses. There is NO room at the table for people to openly criticize either choice. We are too venomous with our fellow nurses. We should support our colleagues endeavors. It doesn't matter what the motivation of that person is. It does matter when the manager with minimal experience does not respect nor provide critical support of their direct reports. Working with others for the greater good is what is needed. All I ask of my managers is to listen to what I have to say, solutions that I bring to the table; weigh them and articulate clearly the final decision with a rationale attached. We have earned the stripes to be respected in that manner. The bedside nurse is the very heart/pulse of the profession.

symplicated

symplicated

Specializes in Med-Surg, Telemetry. Has 2 years experience. 3 Posts

I am a BSN who has been nursing for a little over 2 years and adores bedside nursing and "working in the trenches". That being said, I also come from a generation and a family background where continuing to reach for new goals and achievements is something to be admired.

As we've all seen in the past few years, the requirements of a career can change so quickly to meet the demands of the market: ADN is no longer acceptable in most hospitals. A BSN or even MSN makes you much more marketable. Nowadays, in a world where even finding a nursing job is so competitive, I think we younger nurses are just programmed to make ourselves as marketable as possible so that we leave ourselves the OPTION to work where makes us happiest.

I personally would never want to be in management dealing with politics, budgets, and red tape. I also wouldn't want to find myself several years down the road burned out and unable to change my current situation for the better after having dedicated so many years to the field. I have every intention of continuing on to become a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) BECAUSE it lends itself to bedside nursing. I don't think there's anything wrong with wanting to grow throughout the course of your career, just as much as there's nothing wrong with staying put in bedside nursing and committing yourself to the very worthy cause.

I agree with the person who said that there's not room at the top for everyone, and I know many young nurses that have no plans to continue on to management or NP, but those of us who are interested in those things and willing to earn them would love your support!

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tokebi

tokebi

Specializes in Hem/Onc/BMT. Has 11 years experience. 5 Articles; 404 Posts

LOL she is right!! I mean why woukd u get a masters to wipe butts?? thats probably a 75000 education!! LOL

I can answer you for myself. Because I like school AND getting my patients comfortable which include wiping all manner of bodily secretions. I think part of the problem is the judgmental view of what is a menial job and what is prestigious job, and the sense that an expensive education should lead to a "prestigious" position. I like someone's comment about self-actualization. Most of us (can't say all) are in this field because we consider patient care as a great prestige.

But the main reason is, as repeatedly pointed out already, the working condition that drives nurses away from the bedside. Nurses want to be heard, have a say in how patient care is delivered, participate in decision-making within the organization.

ThePrincessBride, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Med-Surg, NICU. Has 7 years experience. 1 Article; 2,570 Posts

Sadly, this is very true. I am in nursing school, and I hear people who haven't even worked as PCAs or stepped foot in a hosptial say that they want to be a CRNA or an NP. Most, however, will be weeded out in the process or life will get in the way.

So I don't see this as being a real threat. Not in this economy, anyways.

SE_BSN_RN, BSN

Specializes in LTC, Agency, HHC. Has 8 years experience. 805 Posts

I have been an RN for 22 years. In recent years, we all know that the trend has been for acute inpatient facilities to try to hire BSN nurses as much as possible. However, another trend that I am seeing, both here on these forums and in the places where I have worked, is that most of the young BSN nurses have no desire to do bedside nursing any longer than they have to. All I seem to hear is that they all want to either move into a management position or go back to school to become an NP or CRNA. Even the ones who haven't voiced those goals have expressed a great contempt for bedside Med/Surg nursing and want to work in specialty areas such as OB. The thought process seems to be that they didn't go to school for four years "just to" care for sick people at the bedside. If this continues, it seems that there is going to be a great shortage of bedside nurses in the near future as more and more of the "old school" nurses retire.

Does anyone else see this where you work? What happens to the army when everyone wants to be a general and no one wants to be a foot soldier? I'm just curious. I have over 100 undergrad college credits that I could apply towards a BSN, but at this point in my career, I just want to finish out my years as a nurse taking care of people who need help. Never had any desire to climb the ladder whatsoever. Are any of you new grads in the same boat, where you would be contented to do bedside nursing for the foreseeable future, or is being a bedside nurse becoming passe'?

If I find someone willing to hire me and train me in the specialty I want to be in, I would be content to be at the bedside until I retire! But "we don't hire new grads...." Your loss!

WittySarcasm

WittySarcasm, BSN

Specializes in rehab. Has 10 years experience. 152 Posts

Is it wrong for me to wish partly that it would help me to get into bedside nursing. I'd gladly give up my position to get into bedside nursing because really being solely charge nurse is not for me!

Aurora77

Aurora77

Specializes in Med Surg. Has 4 years experience. 861 Posts

One of my coworkers is a floor nurse with a MSN degree. She has never worked in management, has spent an entire career as a floor nurse, and is honestly not managerial material due to her lack of leadership qualities. However, she is a darned good nurse who can rock it on the floor.

One of our frequently-posting members (♪♫ in my ♥) is a second career nurse with a MSN degree who works in a bedside position.

What's her role? Is it a typical bedside position?

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 16 years experience. 226 Articles; 27,608 Posts

What's her role? Is it a typical bedside position?
If I am not mistaken, he is a bedside nurse in an emergency department or critical care unit.
MySonIsAdorable

MySonIsAdorable

137 Posts

I am an LVN who is going for her BSN in the near future. All I have ever wanted is to work on the floor! I want to be there, helping people hands on for the rest of my career. Sure I have thought of specialties like pedi oncology for tops, and any critical care area. And sure I have thought about advancing to NP but I would much rather just make a stable living doing what I dream of.

So I think that the future could be in RN's who were LVNs for awhile that all they wanted to do was be in acute care and know what its like to have a hard days work. There is a BSN program in my city. I have spent A LOT of time with their students in clinicals, and the hospitals we shared were open that they preferred us to them because all they want to do is sit there while we assisted with ADLs and they waited to assist with more complex procedures. One said "I'm not going to RN school to wipe butts" and the ICU nurse said "I am a BSN, RN and I wipe butts, shave, shower, change linens on a daily basis."

I think its sad that these new RNs everywhere we were thought they were above us, maybe they were but all I can say is, in 1st semester we learned a variety of skills that they on their 3rd year didn't know how to do. In the end of the year they watched us perform these skills as they watched because all they could do was tell us how to do it.

pkateRN

pkateRN

21 Posts

I have my MSN, and I am a bedside nurse. my education cost me 65,000 dollars, but I love my job thus far and certainly don't think it was a waste. I have the option to continue on, but I'm going to give it some years before I do.