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CBS News | Is There A Nurse In The House? The CBS Evening News (Dec 28th) - Eye on America ( My pt called me into his room to watch a news report on the nation-wide nursing shortage. ... Read More

  1. by   -jt
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by Tiara:
    [B] What's frustrating is that these news stations have a bias toward the hospitals and the slant is always in that direction. The poor hospitals can't get nurses! They need to know that hospitals have been messing up budgets and putting nurses at the bottom of the food chain for years and years.

    I hope you told them that too Tiara! heres a response I got from another CBS address besides the one I already posted:

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  2. by   -jt
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by natalie:
    The topic of retention bothers me greatly. It seems the drive to increase nursing numbers will be geared towards recruitment, with very little effort put in to retaining the veteran nurse. And I believe we are in HUGE numbers.

    Hi Nat.
    Maybe our huge numbers are exactly the reason they are driving us out! Theres power in unity & if all those numbers were together, the administrations would be shaking in their shoes. Maybe the goal is to get rid of us & theres a method to the madness after all! Why else would there be no attempt to keep veterans? "Get those renegades out of here!" And the focus on recruiting newbies is obvious.... those nurses dont know yet what they're in for, so they can be manipulated & "molded" into the nurses that the hospital wants them to be & with most of us out of the picture to show them the way of the world and what they dont have to put up with, they may just go along with it. That is until they burn & jump ship themselves... a lot faster than we did.
  3. by   -jt
    [B] CNN new story on the nursing shortage - do you have a link to this story/site? All help is appreciated.

    but how interesting that, with all our wonderful, out-spoken nurses, nursing leaders and nurses organizations out there, CNN chose to quote the American MEDICAL Association about the NURSING shortage. When will these reporters learn?
    Comments can be sent to:

  4. by   Tiara
    jt - totally agree with you about veteran nurses. I think there is a method to the madness! I have noticed a cycle: get new nurses, orient them and after they get what's going on, discourage them or encourage them toward early retirement, etc. and get some more green ones!
  5. by   -jt
    Originally posted by Tiara:
    jt - totally agree with you about veteran nurses. I think there is a method to the madness! I have noticed a cycle: get new nurses, orient them and after they get what's going on, discourage them or encourage them toward early retirement, etc. and get some more green ones!

    and if they can get rid of them before that big sign-on bonus comes due to be paid out after the first year, do they get a gold star??? or a bonus themselves? I have heard that hospitals in Florida that lured new RNs down there with sign-ons of up to $10,000 have started playing this game too. Use them for almost a year & get rid of them before its up & they dont have to pay out the money.
  6. by   nancyday
    There was also a long feature on CNN on Jan 1, 2001 approximately 10 minues in length about the nursing shortage and how this is causing harm to the health and safety or our
  7. by   Barbara Rose
    I know some of you and I know you are active and not just venting. To the others of you I have to say, keep up the hard work. Nurses have to make our profession note worthy, we have to increase our visibility and worth ourselves. As more and more nurses become more and more vocal, the public and business will listen. Jt, just like your patient said about working conditions, the patients know when they are in the health care system, but once they are out or if they haven't been in, they don't know or forget fast. Nurses have to stay in the center of news, legislation, and work with each other, other groups, and even those we are fighting against to solve our problems. Write letters to not just the networks but your legislators both at the state and national level about your concerns. Get involved in other areas such as your state associations, new groups, unions, advocacy groups, etc. and keep nursing and health care in the lime light till a solution is found. It is the only way to ensure that our own futures are not plagued with poor care, misery, and unhappy endings. It really isn't that hard or that bad to get involved, and it will snow ball on you, so get out there and get going! We need some nurse leaders, not nursing leadership.
  8. by   goldilocksrn
    I also e-mailed CBS news. I told them what all of us have been posting on this topic, as well as the concerns of those planning the MNM. We have to remember that we are the most important and dirty little secret of hospital and health care today. I think we just need to blitz the media and public with education about what we do and what we deal with. Good luck to us all.
  9. by   -jt
    [QUOTE][B] I also e-mailed CBS news. I told them what all of us have been posting on this topic,...blitz the media and public with education about what we do and what we deal with...

    Yes, they must have gotten tons of letter by now from all of us but now I'm wondering will they pay attention? Isnt this interesting! Judging by that report alone, no one would ever know that nurses and our professional association had been thought of, much less interviewed. I knew the ANA was interviewed back in Sept for an ABC report & a CBS report. ABC didnt mention much & I completely forgot about the CBS one...until now! I wonder WHY none of this made it into the report & why ONLY hospital representatives were shown & allowed to be heard from. Could it be the hospital/business executives who manipulate the media didnt like what the nurses had to say??????:

    ANA Press Release:

    "Shortage Gets National Attention But Working Conditions Ignored...

    ANA staff and ANA President Mary Foley, MS, RN, provided information to CBS on a segment regarding the nursing shortage which aired Dec. 28, 2000 on the CBS Evening News. Foley was taped for the segment; however, her clip was not used at all in the piece that was aired.

    Even though the segment brought national attention to the crisis of the impeding nursing shortage, it failed to look at one of the real problems which is contributing to this crisis - working conditions! During Foley's interview with CBS, she emphasized that nurses are being forced to work mandatory overtime, several hospitals have been legally charged with unsafe staffing practices and nurses are required to manage higher patient workloads, even when patient acuity is rising.

    Unfortunately, NONE of this was mentioned in the segment! Though we applaud CBS for bringing national attention to the nursing shortage, we are disappointed that the overall message of improving the working conditions of nurses in order to recruit and retain RNs has been ignored. A written version of the story that aired can be viewed on the CBS website at,1597,...-412,00.shtml.

    ANA will encourage CBS to do another segment with a greater focus on working conditions. Nurses are also encouraged to provide comments to CBS by clicking on the "feedback" section of its website and prompting the network to take a more extensive look at this issue."

  10. by   Jacci59
    Cargal, Al I can do is ask you a question, following what you have said about the Healthcare in the US.................Are you in the executive offices?????? One of the CEO's who are making the big bucks that we are all complaining about?
    I really can't imagine any other reason that you would say what you have in this post, and others.
  11. by   -jt
    Nursing Shortage is in the media - and now even William F Buckley has gotten into the act..but his idea is downright scary! In the last paragraph here, he proposes to the President that we hand over our jobs to high school volunteers & the few of us that remain can just supervise..... Now whether you believe in unions or not, we all better got up & do something about our problem or people like this will be "fixing" it for us!....

    by William F Buckley, Jr.

    The figures crawl in on us, but we aren't really listening: a nursing shortage affecting 90 percent of hospitals in California, 75 percent in the Midwest, 85 percent in the Northeast. At Johns Hopkins, the premier facility engaged in medical exploration, some beds are shut down because there are not enough nurses.
    In Great Britain, the crisis is acute. Nurses are retiring and emigrating.
    Now there is a market solution, or an approach to it: If you need more nurses, pay them more money, and more young people will train for that profession. It isn't as though there were a need for 100,000 more brain surgeons: The market, in some situations, has to come to terms with the latent pool of resources. Not everybody can be taught to play like Horowitz, no matter what you agree to pay them.

    But in matters of health there is a distinction, an approach to the problem that hasn't been explored and that the new president could illuminate with a truly incandescent point of light. The young generation, between high school graduation and college matriculation, should be called on for a year's voluntary service.

    The shortage of nurses would be relieved if many of their duties were performed by others. Highly trained nurses are required at the operating table and to provide therapy and sophisticated supervision. But much that a nurse now has to do, everything from bedpan changing to writing down routine measurements on charts, could be done by l8-year-olds after very little training.........."
    for the rest of the story go to:

  12. by   Iwant2banurse
    -jt, I totally agree with you. Let's see how Buckley would feel if he was in a hospital bed or a family member...chances are that he wouldn't want an untrained volunteer and would demand that he be seen by a "real nurse." I say "real nurse" because how many people look down on medical students/interns requesting to see a "real doctor." The truth is that at least medical students and interns do have some training behind them.

    I would have loved to see what he did when he was 18.

    I do agree that students should have some more "real life" exposure between high school and college. How about hospitals that are in special need for nurses set up CNA courses. Have perspective nurses start that way and after they complete a year of CNA experience be accepted into a RN program.
    I also feel that because there is such a need for nurses that the government should pay for a ADN program for any one interested with the stipulation that graduates must complete one year in one of the local hospitals. This would not only help nurses get their first job/experience and help out the hospitals.

    I believe that experience is the key...and how much experience does a high school student really have in the "real world." Sure they may have part-time jobs, but unless they are supporting themselves, they are living with their parents who are taking care of all their needs and wants.

  13. by   oramar
    I think William F. Buckley is going to need a nurse soon, he is showing sign of dementia. One minute he is talking about market forces taking care of the shortage{pay raises} and the next he is saying end the shortage by replacing nurses with unpaid labor{high school students}. THANK YOU to the people posting the links to these stories, it makes it so easy to respond.