I hope that the NCSBN will be on top of this issue, shooting down any attempt by hospitals to cut down on nurses and sacrifice good pt care. My hospital may move to a new "model" where nurses in the ICU will have 3-4 patients each, and the step-down unit with 6/nurse (doing total pt care with no assistants). I'm not sure what they have in store for med-surg.
I know that the ANA lobbies hard for nurses but I also know few nurses who are members due to cost and other factors.
I'm torn because on one hand I see nursing as a "sure thing" career with many jobs in various specialties, but on the other hand I keep hearing things that make me wonder what the future will be.
I fear that all the hooplah around the nursing shortage has caused "the powers that be" to do what they do best, cut corners and make things a whole lot worse. Instead of talk about improving conditions I just hear bright ideas like bringing in nurses from other countries and using UAP's to do nursing care. Another thing, hospitals have become corporatioins and "big business" so I worry that they will get their way just like the rest of corporate America.
Okay, I'm starting to sound paranoid even to myself. But at least it's food for thought.:spin: