Nursing Shortage? - page 2

An article found in the recent archives of the Cheyenne paper. Comment made by the WNA states 18% of nurses are busy doing something other than nursing. Here is the article: Shortage becoming... Read More

  1. by   -jt
    First things first: Go to and get registered to attend NURSE IMPACT on April 23rd.

    After experiencing that, you will have the answers to your question.

    have a great time.
  2. by   RNKitty
    Keep it up, JT. I always learn from your posts!
  3. by   joyrochelle
    ah yes...impact weekend. as part of our graduating requirements, we have to go to that. No i am happy!
  4. by   Jenny P
    JT, one of the hidden causes of the nurse shortage was also the fact that federal funding for nursing education was severely cut over the past 10 years (during the "fantastic" 90's!) to bare bones. No $$$$ for education, no encouragement for new nurses. (This was all the while that there was a reported EXCESS of med students and federal funding for medical schools continued to increase!).

    JT, you are SO right in telling new nurses to GET INVOLVED in their state nurses associations! You and I have both learned so much from our involvement in our respective associations. Not only does it energize us, but our involvement changes the state associations! If nurses don't like what their state associations are doing, join, get involved, and the face and direction of the state association will change. New interested bodies are always welcomed in any volunteer organization; LISTEN and LEARN what they have to say, then you can begin to change the organization from the inside. Get other staff nurses involved with you. By doing this as a member, the cliques disappear and the organization as a whole will benefit with your involvement.
  5. by   askater11
    Is anyone part of the MI nurses association.?
    I'm from MI. I'm curious how much dues are for the MI nurses association. Exactly what I could expect. If anyone has any personal experience please reply or e-mail me at

  6. by   -jt
    Mi NA is the professional state association and also an RN labor union. In state associations that have both these branches, membership dues are usually less for those members who are not also in the union branch of the association. That is, if you work at a facility that is non-union or you work at a facility where the nurses are represented by a different union, or even if you dont work at all, you can still be a member of your state association, vote on issues that direct nursing in your state, participate and get involved in many areas. But since you are not using its union services, you usually pay less membership fees than those who are also in the union branch.

    You can get specific answers as to the amounts by contacting the association from their website. When my daughter wanted to go to dancing school, we went to a few schools and watched some classes before deciding on which one to register her for. When I wanted to buy my new car, I test drove it before closing the deal. Before anyone buys anything, its a good idea to first know what youre paying for. Id suggest attending one of Mi NA's events and seeing the organization at work, learning what its about, and then making your informed decision.

    And I still recommend attending NURSE IMPACT on April 23rd as being a very good way to do that.
    Last edit by -jt on Mar 2, '02
  7. by   SoniaNurseRep
    jt, again you hit the nail on the head. I just wish management and polititians would absorb your insight of the problem. Thanks for speaking for the rest of us.
  8. by   -jt
    STATEN ISLAND??????????? Yo! PAISAN!!!!!!!!

    (Im in Annadale)

  9. by   nightingale
    Yes, thank you jt for working so diligently and so eloquently at "the cause". Your insights and energies and very much appreciated....

  10. by   OC_An Khe
    The legislation that encourages enrollment in programs leading to an RN is definetly needed but is really only a side bar to the real issues. The lack of respect that RN s are professionals and need to be treated as such.(Hospitals are run by the feudal systems and the people delivering patient care are the serfs) By their actions, poor working conditions, the hospitals have driven out RNs. You can entice many to enter the profession but unless the hospital changes its ways it will only be a revolving door. As the newly minted RN will seek employment outside of hospitals or Nursing altogether.
  11. by   Mijourney
    Hi. I just recently read that only around 10% of nurses today are under the age of 30. I believe I recently read in the Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services that only 10% of nurses are 30 years old or less. Someone can correct me, but I also thought I heard a shortage of 1200 nurses or nursing assistants in my neck of the woods, GA. I believe this will be the worse shortage in my experience because it's going to be chronic.