The shortage of registered nurses in the United States could be lessened by adopting tactics used successfully in other segments of the economy, such as incentives to keep experienced nurses on the job and attract those who have left the profession, according to a University at Buffalo study.
The research compared nurses age 50 and older with nurses younger than 50. The comparison showed that older nurses were more satisfied, more committed to their organization and had less desire to quit than younger nurses.
The study suggested ways to increase retention, including creating pools of older nurses who are willing to fill in for vacations and other short-term needs, making equipment safer and more ergonomically correct, offering more flexible hours and increasing wages.
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Oct 28, '07
I am doing a paper in my BSN class on the shortage of nurses & I am supposed to "collaborate with a nursing colleague on-line" on this topic. If anyone is interested, I welcome any comments or conversation. I have been a nurse for 10 years and didn't really notice how bad the shortage was until I transferred to CCU 5 years ago. I worked in sugery prior to & we were never short staffed. There has been a huge turn over rate in my unit over the past few years & it has gotten worse here lately. I work at nights & am usually the charge nurse. I have the most experience among my younger co-workers & I am usually the one who trains them & helps them from night-to-night. But it kicks my butt sometimes when we are busy with a lot of sick hearts, a lack of experience, and to top it off, short staffed. I am scared most of the time that somebody is going to die because I can't be in every room all of the time. I am being stretched so thin that I am considering transferring to another department where there is less stress and less responsibility. If anything goes wrong on my shift, my NM blames me b/c I have the most experience. This really makes me mad b/c I cannot babysit these new nurses all night. I have my patients to take care of also. When I suggest that maybe he not hire new grads in CCU, he tells me that nobody is applying but new grads so his hands are tied. There are not enough nurses & the ones we do have wind up getting burned out & leaving the profession altogether or doing less stressful jobs that they don't really enjoy doing. I don't want to leave CCU but I can't take much more of working short and still being expected to provide excellent care. If anybody would like to respond back & tell me about your situations working short-staffed, I would greatly appreciate it. I will include your info in my paper. Thanks!
Quote from EwwThat'sNasty
I remember reading in a journal, it was "Nursing Education," or something like that. The date was about three years ago. It related a study in three "major Massachusetts hospitals" where recent grads entered fast-track step-down, icu, etc. training programs. After a year, depending on which hospital, 40-70 of each hundred, depending upon the hospital were gone. The ubiquitous reason: perception of lateral violence, aka bullying. Nurses don't just eat their young, by and large, at too many places, they torture them--and then they leave. I agree with oramar, but one rarely hears it said out loud. Try to find the turn-over rate in many ICU's--you won't, but if you're there and you count, it can be quite huge. Unless the work-them-to-death, get-em-on-the-floor frame of mind ends, and unless nurses stop being bullies, there will be a shortage in these high stress areas. And people like me will turn to insurance, and "safer" places. Even if they'd rather work in the high stress areas like ED and ICU.
Last edit by kalaka24 on Oct 28, '07
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