Anyone see CSPAN last noc/nsg shortage?

  1. Did anyone else see the CSPAN coverage last night regarding the nursing shortage?

    It was good to see national coverage of some of the issues. Finally I was able to hear publicly what we nurses have known for awhile: one of the biggest problems for nurses is inadequate staffing & working conditions. They also talked about regulation issues, aging workforce, needing to integrate minorities, need for nursing school aid/funding, updating nursing's image.

    Although some of the speeches seemed like useless corporate mumbo jumbo, a few people made some good points & seemed to grasp a good view of the situation. Did anyone else see it? What did you think?

    It was exciting to finally see these issues out in the open, on public TV (outside of the "nursing community" where the general public could view it).
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  3. by   Furball
    I saw only bits and parts of it. I liked what I saw. They hit the nail on the head about overhauling the image of nursing. Mr Beurhaus (mispelled I' m sure) from Vanderbilt stated that SUBSTANTIAL financial incentives are needed in coordination with ratios, working conditions ect ect.
    A nursing CEO from NJ described her nursing force as "no travellers and no foreign recruitment" in her hospital (magnet) and there is only a miniscule 4% turnover rate at her facility. CAN be done!!

    Anyone else seeit? I'm interested in all that I missed as well.
  4. by   oramar
    Well I did not see it, however it seems to me that CSPAN reruns things so maybe I will catch a repeat. One thing I did notice when I hit the link is that all the speakers have Vice President or Senior Officer or Dean Of behind their names. I have actually seen programs that feature staff nurses on PCN or Pittsburgh Cable Network.
  5. by   Genista
    I'm glad you saw it too, Furball. I think it was Hackensack University Medical Center that had the magnet status. I liked her point, too, that you don't have to win awards as a hospital to make it a magnet for nurses. They had some good ideas, it sounded like. Imagine a place with no travelers and no agency. They must be doing something right.

    Oramar- I know, there weren't "staff nurses" up on the panel, like we would have liked to see. But at least we are getting some coverage of the real issues, not just the usual media hype about a mysterious nursing shortage. There was discussion of some of the pivotal reasons for the shortage. It was good to hear it outloud for once, in mainstream media. I hope the press catches on.
  6. by   TEXASWAG
    Kona2, I don't wont to change the tone of this subject but I don't quite understand why any hospital would not want travel nurses? I've done 3 travel assignments and have worked with pleasant and likeable staff/agency/travel nurses. Many of us travel nurses really do work hard and care about the patients. Being a travel nurse is just one of many possibilities/options in nursing. Is it about the cost of travel nurses and agency nurses? I've met plenty of travel nurses in their 30's, 40's and 50's who have been nurses for years. I did not see C-Span. It's good to hear that this shortage is still getting coverage and people are talking about solutions.
  7. by   Genista
    Texaswag- ooops, I had a feeling my comments might offend someone! If so, my apologies to you. But I think perhaps you misunderstood my point. Travel nurses are great. To imply anything else, isn't what I meant. I work with some excellent travel nurses on a daily basis. The skills they bring, and their work ethic is great. I wasn't trying to disparage traveler nurses at all!

    My point was, that this one magnet hospital is SO attractive, that it doesn't have the nursing vacancies that require travelers or registry staff to fill in. It's not that they don't want travelers, it's that they don't NEED any, because they have no trouble keeping core staff. I think it's more of a commentary on the fact that the work environment at this one hospital must be better than at most.
  8. by   TEXASWAG
    Kona2, I wasn't offended. Just had a question. I've been thinking about my future as a travel nurse lately. No harm intended. I really enjoy being a travel nurse. It's great that this magnet hospital has adequate staffing. Thanks for the info.