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30% of Nurses Leaving the Workforce - 2017 Salary Survey Results Part 2

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tnbutterfly is a BSN, RN and works as a Content/Community Director @ allnurses.

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We have been hearing about “The Nursing Shortage” for decades now. We are either in the middle of, coming out of, or going into a shortage. In our 2017 salary survey we asked nurses when they anticipate leaving the nursing workforce and factors influencing their decisions. Using data from more than 18,000 participants, projections for the future of the healthcare industry, and statistics about nurses and patient population, we can discuss ideas about what seems to be continuously driving this shortage and perhaps how a difference can be made. You are reading page 2 of 30% of Nurses Leaving the Workforce - 2017 Salary Survey Results Part 2. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

gsands has 3 years experience and works as a LPN.

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Yes..........it is not difficult to see where profits are more important than patient care. IF it was a question of providing care to people, there would be pressure to decrease the expense of education. Instead the focus is on making sure the person who gives you a bed bath has a BSN behind her RN. Case in point, the local education facility in my town just announced their answer to the shortage. They are offering a 12 month program for $45K to anyone with a previous 4 year degree..any field, no experience in nursing required. In turn the person gets a BSN.


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I'm not good with numbers so please excuse me if I misunderstood this article. It appears to predict a future nursing shortage. Personally, I'm skeptical about this. Do employers predict this also? I recall working in 1988 when there was a nursing shortage and we used to believe that more students entering the nursing profession would resolve the nursing shortage, but nurses are still working short staffed in 2017. Personally, when I worked direct patient care, I informed my employer that another RN should be hired to resolve our frantic pace at work. However, my employer informed me they would hire a person to draw blood to alleviate our work load, not another Registered Nurse. It did not relieve much of my work load. Presently I work in phone triage, and working short staffed one nurse for more than one year. Management is looking at ways to alleviate the nursing load by reassigning work they feel may be delegated to others. So where is the other nurse that my employer promised to hire over a year ago.

The "nursing shortage" has to due with profits, revenue, $$$. Perhaps many of the health care facilities are not for profit or so I'm told. However, I believe someone is profiting, weather it be the CEO or some upper level administrator meeting goals, quotas or whatever gets them the end of the year or quarter bonus $$$. There may be a few states that are suffering a nursing shortage and hiring, but I don't believe this is generally the case. During the real nursing shortage in 1988, I recall employers would hire and provide training. There were no excuses. It did not matter that you did not have a BSN, did not have acute care experience, did not work in that specialty previously, did not have certifications, were a staff nurse 1 as opposed to a staff nurse II or III, or did not participate in community service. There is a hospital in my state that actually requires that nurses do some form of community service. Unreal !

There is no nursing shortage today and I doubt there will be a nursing shortage in the future, unless there is some type of regulation of staffing ratios by states or government. The nursing profession is changing, with less use of bedside nurses, and more team nursing as opposed to primary care nursing. The push for BSN, certifications, clinical ladders, is expensive so why not continue one's nursing education to become a nurse practioner and have some autonomy. If I were younger and could afford it, I certainly would choose the APN route.

Totally, Totally, agree here, there is no nursing shortage, there is a shortage of administration that has common sense!! They want money in there pockets. There are plenty of nurses out there, but they are either leaving in droves, or getting out!! That is because they know the reasons for the nursing shortage. I have nurse friends applying for jobs, my manager says no one is applying, liar, his pants are on fire!!

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