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    yes, i know...i replied in that post but the topic was geared mostly towards nursing schools. i intend this thread to be geared at the widely possibly assumed nursing shortage in general.

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    i originally posted this as a reply in another thread, but want to hear opinions from all so i started this topic. i want your opinion.....is the "nursing shortage image" created from under-staffed facilities, making it seem like there are not enough nurses cause they run with skeleton staffing to make more money? ....or, is there really a shortage of nurses in the work-force?

    here is my reply from another topic...

    here is my opinion on the nursing shortage.......i am sure some may disagree

    THERE IS NO NURSING SHORTAGE!
    the "shortage" is facilities against hiring a nominal nurse-to-patient/resident-staff. most facilities operate under-staffed to save money, the employed nurses are forced to "cut corners" lessening the quality of care because of high numbers of patients/residents they are assigned. many nurses are well-underpaid, but take a position to make "ends-meet", than as soon as a higher paying position becomes available, they quit and take the new position that opens because a nurse left do to finding another higher paying job or being over-worked from high patient assignments and opened his/her eyes and said "i better quit this place before an accident happens and i lose my license".....the new nurse will follow suit over time.
    so now u see a high turn-around of hiring and nurses leaving their jobs. look in your local paper for nursing jobs everyday for a few months.....how many times do u see openings at the the same facility? why do u think that is?
    step back and take a good look at this real scenario...the whole picture, i am curious to hear replies.
    (and i didn't even mention telling facilities what days and hours u are available to work and what days and hours u cannot work, they agree to terms and hire u, u leave your current job for the new one, 30 days later they change your hours and days to ones u are not available to work, so now you must quit this job and look for another one.....while being mad as hell u left your old job for this one.).
    so all this high-turn-around of nursing positions.....is there really a nursing shortage? i wonder how many nurses apply for one single nursing position listed in the job-classifieds.....none, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50?....think about it.

    yes, the big picture may make things look like a nursing shortage (the understaffing ect.), but is there really a shortage of nurses??

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    bump
    (just wanted to get it back up towards the top to see replies to my post....if anyone does reply)

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    you recieved 2 replies with great advice. i would add the knowledge u will gain will be priceless. u will see some serious diseases/disorders/conditions first-hand....not read about them in a book. when it comes time during your course when these conditions appear in your studies, u will be familiar with what is being discussed...not in the dark, and u may know more than the info your book.

    do not be worried about this clinical....look at it as an "added bonus", the more u see and do, the more u will learn.

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    i have questions reguarding scope of practice..
    1.. can LPNs do a saline flush to a PICC line, than hang an ABT bag, than flush again with saline, than flush with heparin? (SASH method).
    2.. can LPNs do ear irrigations?
    3.. can LPNs do admissions?

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    here is my opinion on the nursing shortage.......i am sure some may disagree

    THERE IS NO NURSING SHORTAGE!
    the "shortage" is facilities against hiring a nominal nurse-to-patient/resident-staff. most facilities operate under-staffed to save money, the employed nurses are forced to "cut corners" lessening the quality of care because of high numbers of patients/residents they are assigned. many nurses are well-underpaid, but take a position to make "ends-meet", than as soon as a higher paying position becomes available, they quit and take the new position that opens because a nurse left do to finding another higher paying job or being over-worked from high patient assignments and opened his/her eyes and said "i better quit this place before an accident happens and i lose my license".....the new nurse will follow suit over time.
    so now u see a high turn-around of hiring and nurses leaving their jobs. look in your local paper for nursing jobs everyday for a few months.....how many times do u see openings at the the same facility? why do u think that is?
    step back and take a good look at this real scenario...the whole picture, i am curious to hear replies.
    (and i didn't even mention telling facilities what days and hours u are available to work and what days and hours u cannot work, they agree to terms and hire u, u leave your current job for the new one, 30 days later they change your hours and days to ones u are not available to work, so now you must quit this job and look for another one.....while being mad as hell u left your old job for this one.).
    so all this high-turn-around of nursing positions.....is there really a nursing shortage? i wonder how many nurses apply for one single nursing position listed in the job-classifieds.....none, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50?....think about it.

    yes, the big picture may make things look like a nursing shortage (the understaffing ect.), but is there really a shortage of nurses??

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    i have questions reguarding scope of practice..
    1.. can LPNs do a saline flush to a PICC line, than hang an ABT bag, than flush again with saline, than flush with heparin? (SASH method).
    2.. can LPNs do ear irrigations?
    3.. can LPNs do admissions?

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    is that 75$ per exam or a package deal?
    i am looking into excelsior myself.
    thanks

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    Quote from VIRGO NURSE
    In my clinic they are waiting to give the hep b vaccine at 8 weeks.Pro quad vaccine sounds like a good one!
    i agree, it saves 1 injection for the little ones. on the other hand RotaVac/RotaTeq sounded good till we began to use it...it is 2.0CC PO, not IM and given at 2, 4, and 6 months. try getting the little buggers to swallow that stuff without spitting it out!! an IM Rota may have actually been better IMO if they can make it, i feel the PO gets the infants more upset than an IM injection.
    where in NY are you?

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    my facility has just added some new ones....though they may not be all new, they were added to our immunization series/schedule.
    -ProQuad......varicella and MMR in one dose/injection
    -Hep-A vaccine
    -RotaVac....new vaccine for rotavirus

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    thanks for all the replies....but the issue at hand IS NOT getting the cuff on the child and cooperation for taking the BP....but to HEAR the BP as it is not very audible on 3 year old chidren.

    another issue.......doing a PPD on 1 year olds!!....LOL. what is the best way to keep that arm still to get a good wheal without the parents getting upset with you????

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    i went to orange/ulster boces, there were 2 entrance exams.

    1st was a general knowledge test of reading, comprehension, and math, and some science.

    2nd was the TEAS test(same as the 1st test but more critical and serious).

    in both tests they are looking specifically at the math and reading comprehension scores.

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    ok, how many of u had someone call u "Doc"? u proceed to tell them u are a nurse, they look at u and say "oh" with a degrading attitude.......or they tell u they think it is great u are a nurse and give u high respect.

    this morning on my way to work i stopped to get $25 of gas, stepped out of my truck to get a cup of coffee inside, the attendant saw me in my scrubs and said "good morning Doc"....i replied "if i was a Doc i would be able to afford to tell u to 'fill-er-up', not just give me $25 worth!! several people heard me say that and they got a nice early morning laugh.

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    anyone know what the pay rates are for LPN's in the Stroudsburg, Pa area?

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    where in North Jersey? my guess is 15-20.
    u going to dover school or boces in ny?


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