Quote from wmarat
I've been working as an RN in Israel since 1994 and as a nurse since 1992 and havnot bumped into a ward which has sufficient number of nurses not to speak about overabundance.
I would not like to argue, but I've never heard about taking national exam in the other language than Hebrew, yet may be I am wrong.
Do not confuse a ward with sufficient number of nurses ( which is dictated by Hospital Administration ) with total number of nurses in the general population! During your years at I-dont-know-which facility as an Ach Musmach (R.N.) were there periods of time when your facility put a freeze on hiring? I'll bet you don't even know.
Also I am referring in the general not in one specific place. For example to save money our Administrator combined 3 units and put one nurse responsible for 90 (ninety) patients. We were reunning around like chickens without heads. If one nurse was on vacation woe to us if another got sick....we were putting in 6-8 shifts a week. At the same time there were budget cuts of 5-15% to the nursing staff that we were forced to sign agreement to. With the threat over our heads that if we didnt like it we could quit (and lose our pensions and other benefits).
Also... The gov't cut subsidies to Nursing Schools in Israel claiming there was no longer a need to support them since there was an overabundace of nurses in the country (per capita ) thus forcing Nursing Schools to close their doors including Shaarei Tzedek of Jerusalem.
I don't claim to have the monopoly on information and I could be wrong so please disprove me.
Until then, Lots of Luck!! I am out there working shoulder to shoulder with you!!!