I am an agency nurse in Central Wisconsin. We have had our share of nursing shortages, AEB the agency calling me continuously to work. However, within the last couple of months my hours have continued to decline. Good for the facilities, bad for me.
Was wondering how the "shortage" was affecting other areas of the country. We seem to be filling up here in the smaller communities of Wisconsin. I still hear some horror stories every now and then about the bigger cities, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison
What is it like in your communities?
Dec 27, '01
Nurse Recruiter here, Pittsburgh area. I'm *crying* for critical care and telemetry nurses. *crying* I've been doing nurse recruiting from 2 months; was in ICU previously as a staff nurse. Nonprofit community hospital trying to compete with the tertiaries. It's killing me. Not being able to staff is killing the units; not being to find staff is killing me. Ack.
Some people seem to think that because they are in high demand, they don't even need to use professional courtesy. I have had people accept offers and then just not show up on orientation day. A new hire that hadn't scheduled her physical was called by the EE Health office and she told them "Oh, I decided not to take that job"--but she never told US; if we hadn't called her we wouldn't have known until day one. No shows for interviews w/o a call-in.
I wish I could pay nurses what they are worth. And I wish I could scheduled everyone steady daylight. But I can't. New graduates come to me and tell me what they will or won't work--ya know how many new grads want steady daylight in OB, PACU, L&D or outpatient surgery?! *sigh*
Sorry, I know I'm ranting. And I'm really missing ICU. I'd rather have a crashing patient that needs tubed, triple pressors, needs a stat dialysis catheter and be transported for a stat CT Scan AFTER he's tubed than deal with this mess! ACK, sorry, I'm whining again. Thanks for letting me vent.
Last edit by Zee_RN on Dec 27, '01