I didn't know the shortage was THIS bad - page 7

Just visited a unit today in preparation for my students taking clinicals there. On this particular unit, ONE HALF of the nurses are travelers. The unit only houses 6 pods (4-pt module) and one pod... Read More

  1. by   Youda
    Originally posted by sjoe
    I think your analysis is backwards. If the hospitals treated their RNs decently, and paid them well, they would have adequate staffing and would not have to resort to paying such large amounts for temp agency workers.
    EXACTLY! Where I work they let us run so short-staffed that it's almost criminal. But, if we ask for agency help, the suits say, "It costs too much." In other words, they'll risk our license, and risk a lawsuit before they pay anyone more money for staff retention. One suit told me that a turnover was good because then he could hire in a new nurse at a lower wage and it would be awhile before he'd have to pay out any sick/vacation/benefits! Face it, folks. Patient care, staff morale, retention, humanity, doesn't mean squat! The only thing that matters is the amount of the dividend check they can give to their investors!
  2. by   hagrid
    There have been warning about the nursing shortage fro quite some time now, but as with everything in nursing,no one takes it seriously.Now that it is becoming a crisis, hospitals and schools are trying to lure people in with little incentives.The problem being that they are doing to little too late.Hospitals and other health care facilities have to change the way they treat their employees for one thing. I don't know one person I work with who would encourage a young adult to enter this profession. We have no respect from adminisrtators and the expectations placed on the staff nurse increases daily as does the responsibility.
  3. by   James Huffman
    Someone mentioned the "suits" risking a nurse's license. Not exactly true. While someone else may ask us to do something that puts a license at risk, it's ultimately we who do (or don't do) that something.

    In other words, you have responsibility. You have a professional license to practice nursing. No one else can shoulder that responsibility; no one else can force you to do something. If you do something as a nurse that you shouldn't, the blame is on your back.

    Don't be afraid to say no. Politely, pleasantly, but firmly, and without wavering.

    Know in advance where you draw the line, and stand firm. And if you have to walk away from a job, walk away. It's a LOT easier to get a new job than to get a license re-instated. I'm not suggesting doing this over something trivial, but there are times when you have to take a stand.

    And if you refuse an unwarranted request, walk away from a job, or whatever, go home, take a deep breath, and write it up. Write down all the circumstances, any witnesses, any details you can remember (basic incident report, OK?) Probably nothing will come of it, but you will have the facts at your command should your employer decide to play hardball.

    Jim Huffman, RN

  4. by   Jackie N
    Where did this happen?