Here are the results of last months survey question
What do you believe: "Nursing Shortage" Crisis or Opportunity?
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Nov 4, '02
I am always frustrated by the perspective (taken by the author) that a complicated issue is an "either -- or" situation. "Either" it is a crisis --- "or" it is an opportunity. Why can't we think of it as both? Are our minds too small and unsophistacated to grasp that a situation can be both? I don't think so.
Certainly the shortage situation provides us with many opportunities, both as individuals and as a profession. However, we are doing our patients (and ourselves) a disservice by denying the crisis-nature of the shortage. Not having enough nurses compromises our ability to provide high quality care. In order for the public to provide us with the support and resources we need to improve the situation, the public needs to see that the shortage can mean a decrease in the quality of care they will receive. ... i.e. They need to appreciate the crisis nature of the situation in order to be motivated to act and/or change their behavior.
On the other hand, in order to keep moving forward, we all need to keep the opportunity aspect of the situation in mind. We need to identify those opportunities provided by the situation and take advantage of those opportunities with the positive attitude necessary to bring about the desired improvements.
In short (or long) we need BOTH views. We should not be short-changing ourselves by trying to oversimplifying the situation. It is complex and should be acknowledged as such. Only with a realistic view of its complexity will be able to deal with it successfully.
Sorry, SuzyK, your post about it being both was not yet posted when I wrote mine. Had I read your post, I would have supported your earlier one. I guess we are on the a similar wavelength here.
Last edit by llg on Nov 4, '02