We have an advocate in the media

  1. One of our local columnists got it right about the nursing shortage:
    Nurse shortage has numerous causes — we'd best find cure

    http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/col...find_cure.html

    Among his points are the huge need (34,000 in Texas) for nurses yet turning down 4,000 qualified nursing school applicants (lack of appropriations). I hope his column goes national.
    Last edit by brian on Aug 8, '08 : Reason: typo
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  3. by   RN1989
    The article started out great. I just wish that he would have expounded a little more on the issues. Why is it that local papers will run stuff like this but you don't see the truth being printed in the NY and D.C. papers that people all over the country read? Must be that political thing again.
  4. by   ICRN2008
    If health care organizations spent HALF the money on retention that they currently spend on recruitment, we would go a long way towards keeping people in the workforce. Instead, they treat you like a commodity and then seem shocked when their nurses leave for graduate school, clinic jobs, etc.

    As nurses become older, get injured on the job or simply get tired of the back-breaking pace, they will become more likely to leave the bedside. Investments in technology and more CNAs, techs, etc would go a long way towards easing the strenuous workload.

    "It confirms what nurses have told me: Poor working conditions and job dissatisfaction hurt recruitment and retention. The report notes that "hospital nurses were three or four times more likely than the average U.S. worker to be unhappy with their positions; almost a quarter of (all nurses) ... and almost one in three under the age of 30 planned to leave their job within the next year."
  5. by   lindarn
    I have just read on Lou Dobbs (CNN anylyst) web site, that the government has just approved 20,000 more visas for foreign nurses to emigrate to the US. Check out his web site. He comments why these jobs at not being offered to American nurses.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
  6. by   RN1989
    I saw the news yesterday about the new increase in foreign visas for nurses. I couldn't read the whole story as I was too angry that they chose to disregard everything that they had been told by nurses on what needs to be done to fix the problems.
  7. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from lindarn
    I have just read on Lou Dobbs (CNN anylyst) web site, that the government has just approved 20,000 more visas for foreign nurses to emigrate to the US. Check out his web site. He comments why these jobs at not being offered to American nurses.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
    I searched and searched on Lou's website and cannot find it. Do you have a link? I am very interested in reading the article.

    Thanks
  8. by   lindarn
    Quote from Jessy_RN
    I searched and searched on Lou's website and cannot find it. Do you have a link? I am very interested in reading the article.

    Thanks
    I get E mail updates from the Lou Dobbs show evey day. This was in the wrilteup from this morning. Here is the post from Lou Dobbs from this morning:

    Yesterday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration,
    Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law
    passed a law to raise the number of visas for registered nurses
    by 20,000. Why are these positions not being offered to United
    States citizens?

    I get sick when I hear about our elected leaders doing this, not only to nurses, but to other workers in this country who are being sold down the road by the powerful leaders of multinational corporations. I worry about the country that I am leaving for my kids.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington

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