Nursing Shortage Makes the Prime Time News! - page 5

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   longforseaair
    Mr. Buckley scares me when he implies that the most of what nurses do is take routine measurements and change bedpans. Read it and that is what he implies!
    We all know that it can be complicated to even change a bedpan in some instances and that it requires even some skill to accurately take routine vitals.
    We all know how it is to work with a new assistant doing these tasks. Insecure!
    Did they get the cuff on correctly? Did they retake the temp if it was too high/low or even hold the typanic in the ear correctly? Not to mention the important assessment info gathered by a valuable assistant or the nurse themself during the most "lowly" of tasks? It can waste a lot of time keeping on top of an unreliable assistant who doesn't report vitals promptly. Or even the characteristics of stools. And I doubt that many 18 year-old VOLUNTEERS want to collect a UA or guaic. Otherwise, they would become an assistant or nurse themselves, hah! Then, we are back to square one.
    Am I wrong or is that what he wrote? That these tasks are a main part of what nurses do.
  2. by   -jt
    [QUOTE]Am I wrong or is that what he wrote? That these tasks are a main part of what nurses do.

    He did write that & as usualfor someone who isnt an RN, he has no idea what hes talking about. They arent tasks. They are interventions & the assessment we make from the simplest one can tell us a great deal. I prefer to auscultate the BP myself rather than use an automatic cuff & have a tech write down numbers. What does that tell me? I need to HEAR the sounds. So what if the pulse is 66. I need to touch the pt. is the pulse 66 & weak? is it strong? are there any irregular beats? is the skin clammy & cool? Important info & assessment all obtained from just counting a pulse. Info that could tip off early that something is going wrong. The powers that be who are attempting to tell us how they will fix our profession & practice when they dont understand a thing about it have to be told in no uncertain terms that we are not going to allow that. I got the same thing you did from Buckleys article.
  3. by   bbnurse
    Interesting posts by many nurses addressing real issues. While I agree with many comments, I do disagree with the generalizations that hospitals control the nursing school and therefore create the nursing shortage we face. In the midwest, there are no longer applicants for nursing schools to fill the classes. In the past, there were 200 applicants for 25 positions. Now there are no waiting lists. Not only are there fewer applicants, those who do apply require remedial math and science to proceed. The quality of applicants is diminished. Hospitals are providing tuition reimbursements for NA or LPNs to pursue the education towards RN.
    Our hospital has many long term nurses and we are told frequently that the quality of our patient care is increased by the presence of "experienced, knowledgeable and long term nurses". Without the expensive long term nurses, we have no strength, nor foundation to build upon. Green nurses are vital to bring new knowledge and freshness to the old, but to replace??? NEVER!! We not only live this philosophy, we do believe it.
    There is loyalty and trust and it is reciprocal.
    Our CEO and VPs do not make anywhere near the dollars you mention. I'm sure it is comfortable but less than 120,000/yr. Some nurse managers may leave at 4Pm, but ours stay until the care is delivered in a safe manner with appropriate numbers of staff. Our nurse pt ratio is routinely within safe numbers and we have a large RN and LPN mix.
    Maybe you need to relocate to the midwest. I know there are a few slots open for both education and for nurses who want a home where they are appreciated and trusted to develop into honest, loyal and compassionate caregivers. I wish what I have read on these postings were not truths. I realize they are, in some places. I have worked in Connecticut and know it was not an easy place to be working. I know why nurses have trouble getting what we need...we are too tired and it takes all we have, to get through the red tape, charting, regulations and demands...All this has to change. I'm happy that it is getting better where I am.
    I also disliked the blurb and was yelling at the TV when it was aired. They have my opinion about it too. And my husbands.
    Keep the fires alive...
  4. by   -jt
    [QUOTE]All this has to change. I'm happy that it is getting better where I am.
    I also disliked the blurb and was yelling at the TV when it was aired. They have my opinion about it too. And my husbands.
    Keep the fires alive......

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