Surviving the Nursing Shortage - page 2

The Nursing Squeeze Nationwide Shortage Puts Hospital Patients at Higher Risk of Complications, Death By Susan Jacoby May 2003 Surviving the Nursing Shortage America's hospitals are... Read More

  1. by   MICU RN
    Glad to see that we are really addressing the real issues for the state of nursing. If we had more of this type of discussion on a full scale level, we would actually bring about some real change. I also feel, we need to bring this forum to the universities, mainly the nursing colleges, instead of trying to create more nursing theory, they should eccept the challenge of finding solutions to the current work conditions. Instead, they seem to think that if they can increase enrollment they will solve the problem, but as mentioned in the previuos post it is not a pipeline problem but rather a work envirnment problem. Better work conditions and higher pay are the solution, not just pumpimg out new graduates. And yes, with higer pay comes more respect, that is just the way it works. For an example, I am getting ready to start anesthesia school and many of my friends have heard about the salaries that can be made and it is amazing how they now view my choice to be in nursing differently and seem to give it more respect than before when they associated my job with cleaning lots of poop and making 18.00 an hour. Bedside RN's deserve to be paid like college educated professionals and not like trade workers, we must accept this and believe it and demand better pay if we want our profession to grow. The profession as changed dramaticlly over the last 3 decades, as well as the amount of knowledge required to be a RN, but sadly we are still viewed by many as blue collar workers in scrubs that just have to be very caring to do a good job. Pleaseeeeeeeee! That stigma has to be broken in order for us to receive more respect and better work conditions. I am tired of some of these management types in admin. with their BA degrees in business, who would be shocked to realize how much harder BSN programs are, looking at me like I am some kind of worker who just was not bright enough to become a doctor or manager so I became a nurse. I had couple of fellow students in my BSN program who had a MBA or Masters in education who noted many times that the nursing program was much more intense and you had to work much harder to get it. So it is rather ironic for some of these manager types to have control over us and look down on our profession.
    Last edit by MICU RN on Jun 16, '03
  2. by   fairyprincess2003
    Anthony your post was amazing, and I agree 100%!!!! You said everything that I wanted to say.
  3. by   Going80INA55
    We all know this nursing shortage thing is a load of crud.
    What there is a shortage of is nurses willing to continue to put up with the garbage they do for the money we make.

    I have not worked bedside for a year. I thought I would try to apply for some per diem work. So I applied at one of the large hospitals in my area...I have 5 years experience...most in step down and the unit.....Guess what no call from HR!!!
    I think they are afraid of how much money I will want!!!
  4. by   funnygirl_rn
    Yesterdays local news in my neck of the woods (MD), had approx a 30 second segment on the nursing shortage. The newscaster stated that Maryland is short 17,000 nurses!! Hmmmm, you would think SOMEONE would get a clue by now...agh!
  5. by   Agnus
    So what can we do about this? It's sad because I am only 3 years into the profession, and find myself moving away from actual nursing. And even find my self moving away from the profession all together. Something I did not think would happen. I have esentially taken what I know and am applying it it other ways. Interesting I get a lot more respect as an owner in a used car business. Can you believe that? And I know diddly about cars. And only know about business what I have read, and observed.

    Pretty sad when a used car dealer get more respect than a Registered Nurse.
  6. by   funnygirl_rn
    Yes, it is sad Agnus. I feel frustated as is like a waiting much worse can it get...and how much longer will I be able to remain in nursing.

    So, do you like the used car business? I guess it is less stressful & less taxing on your body, eh'. Take care.
  7. by   TreceRN
    I believe we have a "virtual" nursing shortage. Nursing is not what it was when I graduated from college 10 years ago. Let's face it, ladies and gentlemen, we are rapidly moving from an industrial age to the age of technology, and if we don't get on the bus, we will be left behind. Remember the "good old days" when the average length of stay (LOS) was 5.8 days? When if you had an acute appy you spent a week in an acute care bed eating jello and watching soaps? When back rubs and leisurly strolls around the halls were part of a patient's care plan? Not so anymore. The average LOS is 2.5 days. We don't do residential care anymore, folks. Acute care is now "transitional". Nursing is in a period of acute change. Remember Florence Nightengale? She practiced during the transition from the Victorian Age to the Industrial Age. Living in this time of change feels like constant chaos. I cannot tell you how many times I've heard nurses say, "why can't 'they' just leave us alone and let us do our jobs". That's because nursing isn't what it was and never will be. If we can't face that fact and become an active voice in orchestrating how changes in healthcare effect nursing and what we as nurses can do to make it as positive and painless as possible for our profession, then we are dooming ourselves and our patients. I became a nurse for one reason - I wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of my fellow human beings and to carry on a healing mission, because to me that's what nursing is - a mission, not a job. If I allow myself to go down the path of complaining and blaming others for the state of our profession, I might as well give up right now and start selling time-shares. I've made a conscious choice not to give up on the profession that I love so dearly and to do whatever I can to improve our working conditions, pay, etc. We are one of the largest workforces in the nation, and we need to use that voice and advocate for each other toward solving these issues. Constant complaining and blaming "administration" for our problems only makes appear to be victims and robs us of our inherent power.
  8. by   Agnus
    Less taxing on the body? yes. Fun? yes. Stressful? Are you familiar with the acronym, "DMV"? If you think DMV is nuts to deal with when you are a car owner and/or driver, imagine buying and selling lots of cars weekly and getting them with some really messy titles.

    I love nursing and am not about to leave it.