I am sure everyone knows this already, but this article was interesting. My friend in California tells me there aren't enough nurses even to fill the "cushy" insurance jobs. Here's the link...
Dec 9, '02
<<State's nursing shortage reaches critical stage
Patients often left waiting for medical care
As California faces one of the nation's worst nursing shortages, state officials are pondering how to close the gap while patients and their families worry about its effects on the quality of care.
The state Employment Development Department estimates an additional 30,000 registered nurses will be needed in the next four years, far more than can be obtained now through nursing schools and the use of nurses from other states and countries>>
So how come they are doing everything they can think of to drive RNs away? And if their shortage is so severe but administrators are still pushing RNs out the door, how do they explain their hospital industry building boom? Tenet, Kaiser, Catholic Health West and others all are building new in-pt wings in California - 10 story towers, units, floors - adding even more & more pt beds while they frequently force their RNs out on strike over recruitment, retention, and pt safety issues. It doesnt seem logical to be adding more pts when, because of their working conditions, they cant attract enough nurses who are willing to work for them to care for the pts they already have. How can they be building more places to bring pts at the same time they are doing everything they can to drive away whatever RNs they have left?
Where are they going to get the RNs to staff all the nurses stations in all those new towers? They cant even import that many. It would be more cost effective to just stop fighting with their nurses & invest in making their facility a place where nurses want to work. But I bet they turn instead to pushing for state law to allow expanded practice of UAPs --- and of course the current push to have the law allow them to fill their nurse staffing ratio with non-RNs.
Last edit by -jt on Dec 9, '02