LA Times Many nursing jobs but only the strong need apply - page 2

Filling open nursing positions is no easy task for hospital administrators these days, and there's every chance the job will get tougher. This country has a serious nursing shortage: The American... Read More

  1. by   johnst10
    Quote from soozeeqrn
    Just the other night I had a patient who was receiving 3 different types of IV abx, each q6 or q8 hrs. Doses happened to fall due at midnight, 0200, 0400 & 0600. over night shift. (the q 6 hr med being due at mn & 6) He was also getting IV pain meds q 3 hours and those doses did not always fall due with the abx dose times. Along with the assessment and time spent performing regular care, I felt like I was with that patient all shift and I had 6 other post-op patients to care for as well. I have only been doing this for 7 yrs and love what I do, but I can really see why nurses get burned out. Some days I get home and am just completely spent, physically and emotionally.
    Bless your heart! I hope you put your feet up when you have time off!
  2. by   afranklin
    What's wrong with having LPNs?
  3. by   TuTonka
    California is the hardest state to find a full time position. The economy is NOT the only reason here, unfortunately. Also it is NOT only new grads having problems locating a full time job here. From most reports it isn't going to get any better any time soon. I do however agree that the positions should be filled by American Nurses first and foremost.


    TuTonka
  4. by   CapeCodMermaid
    Quote from afranklin
    What's wrong with having LPNs?
    Most hospitals around here will not hire LPNs. It has to do with scope of practice. RNs can do things that LPNs can't.
  5. by   Wsmith16
    Quote from znov11
    This is why I don't understand why countries like the United States refuse to lift the recession of foreign nurses when in fact, they need all the help they can get. Many experienced and competent foreign nurses pass their NCLEX-RN with flying colors, and are waiting for the US to open their arms once again for such applications. Some, if not most are left with no other choice but to flee to other more welcoming countries like the UK, Canada,Australia, New Zealand, etc... While it is very true and rational that the US government reserve such positions/jobs for their own people, the fact that Americans are not as enthusiastic as other nationalities in choosing nursing as their line makes the position reserved for these "people" empty, vacant, unoccupied. When will these positions be filled? NB: Just my opinion. Thank you.
    We have many competent nurses here in the US as well as influx of new grads ready & willing to work and who are unable to find jobs at this moment. Recruiting foreign nurses at this time just doesn't make sense.
  6. by   TuTonka
    Quote from Wsmith16
    We have many competent nurses here in the US as well as influx of new grads ready & willing to work and who are unable to find jobs at this moment. Recruiting foreign nurses at this time just doesn't make sense.

    I agree one hundred percent with that. It not only doesn't make sense but it can not be cost effective either.

    TuTonka
  7. by   znov11
    If before I did not understand, now I do. Thanks for enlightening me/us. God Bless Y'all. We'll just be somewhere in Europe or Australia when you need us. :spin:
  8. by   tothepointeLVN
    Quote from znov11
    If before I did not understand, now I do. Thanks for enlightening me/us. God Bless Y'all. We'll just be somewhere in Europe or Australia when you need us. :spin:
    Still I have to ask again. Why flee you own home country?
  9. by   TuTonka
    Well maybe if I understood the meaning I would have a comment.....to many variables in a cryptic message.
  10. by   dmcdaniels
    Thank you "Blue Note" posting # 6. You are right on with your statement. I am a new grad licensed since Dec. 2008 and I have not been hired yet. Why? Because Calif. facilities want a years experience. How does a new grad get experience if no-one will give them the opportunity to prove themselves? There should not be a shortage of nurses if you do the math at how many LVN's and RN's are graduating each semester from all over the state and passing their NCLEX exams. Give us new grads a chance, we went to school, passed our exam and earned our right to practice as a nurse.
  11. by   CapeCodMermaid
    If you can't get hired by a hospital, try a skilled facility that has a sub acute unit. You will learn invaluable lessons:time management, thinking on your own since there are no docs around, wonderful assessment skills, IV's, peg tubes, wound vacs...some acute long term hospitals do ventilators. Then, if you decide to work in a hospital, you WILL have experience.
  12. by   dmcdaniels
    Thank you CapeCodMermaid for your words of encouragement. I do have several apps/resumes in SNF's, but at this time they are either not hiring, or don't get back to you. I have even done follow up phone calls and emails if no phone number is available. Hard to get a face to face interview. But I keep trying, I can't give up I worked to hard for this. Hopefully something will come my way soon, the bank account is almost dry.
  13. by   VIXEN007
    I am concerned about foreign nurses being brought in to ease the nursing shortage. I am also concerned about the State Department's efforts to make it easier for foreign nurses to enter the U.S. I am concerned because the projected nursing shortage may not be as dire as it seems.
    1. Many nurses are attending "refreshers" so that they can go back to work.
    2. Many nurses are delaying retirement to replenish their nest eggs.
    3. Some (not all) foreign nurses have difficulty advocating for their patients, because they were trained not to question the physician. (I have observed this during clinicals)
    4. Right now where I am, the market is really tight. A nursing home position is hard to get and hospital positions that are not PRN, are almost impossible.
    5. What about security? Why lessen the background check on foreign nurses when U.S. nurses have to undergo background checks?

    I believe we should see where we are after the next "crop" of graduates hit the ground this summer. If there is a true shortage after that, then maybe it is due to geography. Of course nurses want to work in areas that offer amenities. Perhaps loan forgiveness could be considered for nurses who are willing to work in less desired areas.

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