A freeze in the nursing pipeline - Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) - page 2

a freeze in the nursing pipeline minneapolis star tribune (subscription), mn - 56 minutes ago ... other settings. meanwhile, demand for nurses is growing in nursing homes, assisted living and other... Read More

  1. by   Gromit
    Well, I have no doubt whatsoever that if you look ONLY at the number of nurses licensed, and the number of jobs available (as a static number -"X" total jobs, "Y" total RN/LPNs) then there would be no shortage -probably actually a shortage of jobs -too many nurses.
    BUT the reality is that many nurses do NOT work in the hospital -or even in a medical setting at all. When someone burns out, they may leave the field entirely, but not let go of the license. However, the odds are also that once burned out, they will NOT be back -regardless of the fact that they hold onto their license. I quit working as a paramedic back in '96. I was totally burned. Fried. cooked. whatever. I couldn't do the job any longer -absolutely hated going back to work. I'd get palpatations just thinking about having to be 'on shift' the next day. I kept my license for quite a few years before deciding to let it go. And while I kept it, I knew even then that I had absolutely NO intention of going back. I kept it because it signified an achievement that I'd worked hard to get. Thats the best way I could explain that. I have no intention of making a living driving tractor-trailers anymore, but I still hold a commercial drivers license (Class A, with doubles, tripples, tankers, and hazmat endorsements -in short, if its got wheels, I'm probably legally allowed to drive it -with the exception of buses/public passenger vehicles -I refused to bother with that endorsement). I'd say its a 'fall-back' license, but if by some reason I lost my RN license, whatever caused me to lose it would probably also invalidate me for keeping the CDL, so that idea is kind of bunk.
    The department of labor has no idea about the field requirements and conditions of nursing, so they will not have real-world numbers -and they don't want to know anyway.
  2. by   dexter99
    Hello Gromit! Wow paramedics!!! you're right that some nurses are not in practice... When I was in my country I didn't practice either I enjoyed working in the pharmaceutical industry... I enjoy working under pressure , thinking what you'll do next to achieve your sales target... The challenge of winning your top prescribers and the fun of nightlife! I sure miss those things! I've been excelling in this industry for 9 yrs and I didn't regret not being a nurse... Except now that I'm trying to be one... I'm thinking now what are the things that really matter...
  3. by   CHATSDALE
    funny thing when so many plants were being closed due to outsourcing people would say to nurses that at least your skills can't be outsourced

    now they are bringing in people who can barely speak english to do bedside nursing, some are very good nurses and some have squeaked by in substandard schools

    you can choose your doctor, but when you go into a hospital how do you know if the nurse on any shift is 100% or not???
  4. by   Gromit
    There is some truth to that. But there isn't a lot we can do about it -if the hospitals were banned from recruiting foreign nurses, I expect many would have to close down sections or entire hospitals -only because there really aren't enough who are willing to work in hospitals anymore. Its a two-edged sword, I expect. I don't want to detract from foreign nurses, but by and large, I would expect that there is a difference in the 'human' element since no matter what you do or how you try, traditions and customs will always play some role in how you work, interact and perceive others (patient or nurse or doctor, etc) -and we Americans are a rather hard lot to understand by many foreigners.