Recession temporarily eases nursing shortage Staffing levels frozen; older workers st

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  3. by   hope3456
    http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stori...s-nursi/?metro


    Hope this link works but kudos to a journalist who actually did his research!!! He points out that there are few jobs for new grads (and others) all over the state of California.

    He makes several good points, including that the last study of the 'shortage' was done in 2004, so things can change quite a bit since then. Also, demand is down hugely from last year for agency nurses.

    I did a 'yahoo news search' and this is the only article i found that actually acknowledges the problems for new grad RN's.
  4. by   FireStarterRN
    Excellent article. Word is definitely getting out to the media!
  5. by   Ginger's Mom
    Thanks for posting this, it is a dose of reality.
  6. by   cinja
    I hope managment enjoys the current upper hand. Its going to be a deluge of staff leaving the hospitals once the economy perks up a bit.
  7. by   motivated2nurse
    Quote from cinja
    I hope managment enjoys the current upper hand. Its going to be a deluge of staff leaving the hospitals once the economy perks up a bit.
    Its a shame that hospitals wont take this time to improve things for the nurses so that they wont leave .
  8. by   shortlittleRN
    Au contraire, some are taking the opportunity to reduce pay or no pay increase until the economy picks up. In addition to stopping 401K matching. Mine did.
  9. by   Salesman217
    My hospital started (trying) to cut overtime blaming it on the economy. They just made it a pain in the neck to sign up for OT. I was in ICU (just started in Home Health) and the hospital started covering for ICU shortages by sending non critical care floor nurses down to the Unit (can you say unsafe?) who would spend all shift asking questions. Nobody had a problem helping them out, but that's BS as far as management is concerned. In the mean time, they'd call you in to cover early in the week and then call you off near the end of the week because you were in OT.

    I know. I know. They've got to save money....

    Well they're one nurse shorter on their staff. Gotta have my OT.
  10. by   AtomicWoman
    There was also an article in the Boston Globe:

    http://www.boston.com/jobs/news/arti...ggle_for_work/
  11. by   DanainOrlando
    Although this is extremely depressing considering that I want to start LPN school this coming year, I'd rather go into it with my eyes open. I still want to be a nurse and I absolutely believe that the nursing field will rebound much faster than many other fields when the economy gets better.

    So much for recession-proof careers, though! There are NONE!
  12. by   shortlittleRN
    Quote from cinja
    I hope managment enjoys the current upper hand. Its going to be a deluge of staff leaving the hospitals once the economy perks up a bit.
    Yes, that may be the case but... the economic malade is very dire. I traded stocks for many years, and the current banking crisis has been predicted for years with more bad news yet to surface. Unless legislature mandate nursing ratio policies or instill some form or deviation of universal health care, nurses who left the field are coming back to fill in the "nursing shortage" phenomenon.

    While I was in school, one of my papers was on the nursing shortage. My research suggested there are about 500,000 non-working RNs out there... It appears some of that 1/2 million RNs are returning to work... No more shortage.
  13. by   DanainOrlando
    The results of the hiring freeze: more work for already overworked nurses - less patient safety.
    My son has Type 1 diabetes and has been hospitalized 3 times this year. One of the times he was in the hospital - I saw the SAME NURSE there for 24 hours straight! I don't think that should even be legal! I had to go out and remind them when it was time to take my son's blood sugar. I don't blame the nurses for being exhausted and overworked, but it does have a negative effect on patient care.
  14. by   shortlittleRN
    Quote from DanainOrlando
    The results of the hiring freeze: more work for already overworked nurses - less patient safety.
    My son has Type 1 diabetes and has been hospitalized 3 times this year. One of the times he was in the hospital - I saw the SAME NURSE there for 24 hours straight! I don't think that should even be legal! I had to go out and remind them when it was time to take my son's blood sugar. I don't blame the nurses for being exhausted and overworked, but it does have a negative effect on patient care.
    You're absolutely right. But nurses as a group do not have loud enough voices to demand changes. We fight amongst ourselves (ICU/medsurg, eat our youngs etc...). Drs stick together and cover each other, whereas RNs are quick to report our co-workers mistakes in a heart beat. Not to say that mistakes shouldn't be confronted, but as you know, many mistakes are maded when we are overworked. Needless to say, until we overcome the trivial ideosyncracies and join forces, changes will be slow if any.

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