I've not subscribed to this nursing shortage at all. I believe there are plenty of nurses out there. The problem is that many are leaving the profession for reasons we are all well aware of. It would seem that nurses are in a position to "call the shots" in the midst of this supply and demand crisis. But that does not appear to be the case. I would return to nursing if I could find a true part-time job with part-time hours. What I have encountered is extreme rigidity and inability to accomodate a nurses' request to work a parttime schedule. I believe there are many nurses who would return to nursing on a part-time basis to avoid the full-time hassles of the profession. That is why I believe the term "nursing shortage" is a crock. Perhaps it is the strategy of administrators to demonstrate the need for more unlicensed personnel to take over nursing gaps to increase their pocketbooks. What do you think?
Feb 25, '03
As has been amply discussed on numerous threads here, there IS no nursing shortage.
There IS a shortage of tolerable places to work and certainly a shortage of competent management. Of course the present bunch of losers running hospitals would rather pretend that there is an actual numerical shortage of nurses overall (that way this can be used as an excuse that people don't want to work for them), than accept the simple fact that the shortage exists only in their particular dysfunctional facilities (which just happens to be MOST of them).
And they don't want any new hires to say that the emperor (empress) has no clothes, so they are most reluctant to hire people they think might stand up to them, or have enough experience to see the problems immediately and move to change things. Or, even worse, actually TRAIN the specialty nurses they need (ER, OR, ICU). Or improve the working conditions, because that would be admitting that they were deficient in the first place.
Heads in the sand (or another dark place).
Last edit by sjoe on Feb 25, '03
Feb 26, '03
Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy
sjoe says it well.
However, we have per diem positions at our hospital where the part-timers make out any schedule they want. I know a woman who works only one 12-hour shift a week. Another works three 4-hour shifts, another 4 8-hour shifts, one 2 12-hour shifts a week, on and on. Is this unusual? I find our hospital extremely accommodating to part-timers.
......and??? I am sorry; I mean no personal disrespect here but I am gonna address this nonetheless. Just what is your problem with that? See, I get burned up when I hear "regulars" complain like that (and I used to be one). You need to remember something here; we do a lot of favors for "regular" staffers, all w/o bennies. (except our differential, I admit).
We don't get guaranteed hours. NO vacation time paid for. No paid sick time. No medical bennies. No tuition assistance. So, I don't see why you are complaining. If you want such a schedule, you always have the option to go perdiem like I AM Or quit your complaining. WE take the shifts no one else will do. So if I make out my schedule to MY convenience, filling in holes left by regulars who get first crack at it, it is my right to. I have no guarantee from my workplace other than that they will call when they need me. I am the first called off for low-census, too. Making out a schedule that works for me is the plus side to be oncall, casual or perdiem, so you need to deal with that and respect it. I COVER YOUR VACATIONS AND ''ME" TIME remember.
And if it seems management is bending over backward to please us, don't believe it. They are just trying to put out fires and fill in holes that regulars cannot or will not fill. (and that management does not want to fill, either). So it's a necessary evil, I suppose. I am sorry this got long. and Again, no disrespect intended, 3rd shift. Just giving a "perdiem" POV here.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Feb 26, '03