NY Tmes OpEd: Nursing Wounds - page 2

Forwarded by Michele Campell, Exec Director PSNA (mcampbell@psna.org) : Op Ed from 6/10/03 New York Times Nursing Wounds By CLAIRE FAGIN and CORINNE RIEDER Thanks to news coverage,... Read More

  1. by   -jt
    <If this is not the case, don't you think that say, the hospital next door to Hackensack with a 20% turnover rate, would do something to change it?>

    I do think its precisely the case. Youre preaching to the choir, Roxie. They know exactly what they have to do to "find" nurses who would be willing to work for them. They dont WANT to do it. Theyre using the claim of an RN "shortage" as an excuse to find other less expensive ways around the problem - like going to their state legislature & crying that "there are no nurses but we must still take care of the pts, so change the laws to allow increases in the scope of practice of UAPs.... and give us laws that allow LPNs and pharmacists and EMTs to take over some of the RN role too." This is a manufactured shortage - and hospital administrators are the manufacturers.
  2. by   roxannekkb
    That was my point, exactly. The hospitals know what to do, unless, as I said in my earlier post, they are truly dumber than we think. There is no nursing shortage, there are half a million RNs who are not working in nursing in this country.

    We are in total agreement. This is a manufactured shortage, designed to cut costs, bring in foreign "slave" labor, and so on. We've got these PR campaigns going on, like the one from Johnson & Johnson, designed to "introduce" nursing to the public and make it seem like a desirable career. I've actually read a quote from a nursing leader who said that the "real" causes of the nursing shortage are nursing's image in the media, and that young people need to be made more aware of nursing as a career. Hmm, if our nursing leaders are propagating this nonsense, I shudder to think of what the future will bring.