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Nursing crisis looms as baby boomers age

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by Brian Brian, ASN, RN (Member)

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PostOpPrincess has 19 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in M/S, MICU, CVICU, SICU, ER, Trauma, NICU.

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Eventually there will be a nursing shortage, this time demographic in nature and much more enduring. With the aging of the nursing workforce and the rapidly aging Boomer generation (the largest demographic cohort in US history, 76 million strong), we have the ingredients for a perfect storm. This shortage will appear suddenly, with drastic effects. By 2020, it is estimated that there will be a shortfall of 1 million nurses to care for the aging population. The older nurses who have returned to the bedside as a result of the recession, cannot remain there forever.

With government expansion and intrusion into healthcare, there will be danger of measures such as the de-professionalization and de-skilling of nursing to alleviate this shortage and to save scarce healthcare funds. Politicians may propose changing laws to allow unlicensed personnel (such as CNAs, med techs, or EMTs) to give meds and perform other vital nursing skills in acute care hospitals.

They have tried this before and it didn't work. Unlicensed assistive personnel tend to kill people.

It won't work again--and research backs that up.

Jo

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PostOpPrincess has 19 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in M/S, MICU, CVICU, SICU, ER, Trauma, NICU.

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This also explains why my department has a lot of experienced people and top pay.

The managers went through this and know better.

I am just glad I work there.........

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I am a 46 male LVN in California trying to upgrade my profession to RN knowing that RN's from the 60's are leaving the field. It is totally absurd that new grads are finding it almost impossible to find work due to not enough experience. How the HECK! can they obatain experience without a chance. The government should start a program A.S.A.P. for LVN/LPN to RN to try and fill the gap! Instead of hiring nurse from other countries and paying lower wages. In this great USA their are in my opinion 3 professions that should be compensated with out question #1 NURSES #2 LAW ENFORCEMENT # 3 SCHOOL TEACHERS

these three are no-brainers!

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I don't mean to be mean or insulting- but all the managers, administrators in healthcare today can't possible U-N-D-E-R-S-T-A-N-D what the problems are or how that ICU nurse fells taking a 3rd patient, how that bedside tele nurse feels taking their 6th patient, or how the bedside med/surg nurse feels taking number 8,9,10 etc. I don't think the government is very intune with nursing issues- it's what sounds good to get votes. I think these nurse managers, administrators, CEO's, government/politicians should be FORCED to put on a pair of scrubs, given a patient assignment with current staffing and told- LIVE IT UP,

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eriksoln has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in M/S, Travel Nursing, Pulmonary.

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There will never be a nursing shortage again. Hospitals have been thumbing their noses at pt. safety and satisfaction since the economic crisis began. They continue to staff in unsafe ways, yet as long as there is no death, no one holds them accountable. When the economy improves (tongue in cheek), they will continue to staff as though there is a money crunch while they try to make up for lost time at the expense of its staff and patients.

You see, hospitals are not worried about the "nursing shortage" and continue to practice tight hiring standards because.........they have discovered the perfect answer to all their problems. Just don't staff, use the "on the knees praying" method of avoiding poor outcomes........and make money regardless even if there is.

Not staffing the hospital is just too rewarding for them to pass up on. Regardless of the attitudes JACHO gives them once every year, it is still what is best for them.

It doesn't matter who retires or who needs care...........they don't care to staff themselves hence...........there will be no shortage.

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Thank you for the article, it's always nice to stay up on the latest news. But, I can't help but think: blah, blah, blah. Tell that to the hundreds of new grads to experienced nurses who can't find work.

Not to mention, doesn't anyone take into account that nursing schools are graduating twice as many RNs than just a few years ago to deal with this supposed shortage? Many programs were only graduating a class once a year, now that is rare. Also, the rates of completion are way up from a few years ago.

I think we'll be okay. It seems every other person I run into is a nurse, is going to nursing school, or is taking their prereqs. And their sister, brother, and best friend are too.

And since when do nurses retire at age 50? Many work much, much later that than. Heck, some were almost that age in my nursing program!

:twocents:

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LOL. What nursing crises?

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Situations like this are exactly the reason why I abandoned the altruistic (and it IS altruistic) goal of becoming a Nurse.

Never, ever forget to capitalize your title... Nurse.

I'm a smart guy...54 years old; Daddy / Lung CA survivor / medically-retired Airline Pilot / 2nd Degree Black Belt in Karate / shot at once - stabbed twice (when I was young & full of p!ss & vinegar) / boatload of real-life technology experience.

Kids and animals love me (well almost always - but that's another story).

I learned an old saying a long time ago...

You fix the poop...

Or the poop fixes you. (I'm confident you know which word to insert. If you really don't there is NOTHING more I can do.)

When female Nurses are ready to put their Big Girl Panties on...

And male Nurses are ready to grow a pair of balls...

Get ready to walk away.

Don't you realize what you have in common? Have you been SO deluded by the concept of "doing good" that you've forgotten to take care of yourselves? You've neglected your own physical / spiritual /emotional health to help others and enrich a few?

Someone...anyone, please tell me why Nurses should carry the water?

I've posted before about this...read some of my previous postings.

The constant drumbeat cannot be ignored...get your asses to work.

Nurse:

You Go First. Take care of yourselves. Look out for your competent coworkers. Mentor the "young"

HAHAHA Could you imagine ME as a newly minted Nurse. I'll light a candle for you.

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It makes me wonder -or I can't help draw out of all this mess, Hospital administrations all give a "trying to change a culture' message- just what and how are they going about this. I think the above poster has a interesting point- lots of new grads ( out of work- but a pool of new grads kept in the holding pattern and experienced nurses administration is classifying as 'retiring' at age 50- in reality- forced out of work and unable to find another permanent position) The hospitals will hire us older 50 ish nurses into per deim positions but not permanent fulltime hours it seems.

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If there are so many graduates out there looking for jobs why are older nurses over 40 years old being forced to work 12hour shifts when they don't want to? Why don't health care and organizational leaders get it? Unhappy nurses make unhappy patients and isn't that what its all about patient satisfaction?

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doesntlookgood is exactly right. I teach in a BSN program and try to instill this mentality into my students. If everyone else will jump on board we will begin to see ourselves treated as professionals, not second rate citizens.

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The basic premise is correct. By the time the baby boomers are in their 80s there will be a crisis. It is not only a crisis of who is going to care for them but how you going to pay for it.

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