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  1. Clarice, You hit the nail on the head. There is a shortage of nurses WILLING TO WORK FOR THE PAY AND CONDITIONS of hospital nursing today. There are too many other options available for smart young men and women today for them to accept the limitations put on them by today's hospitals. This is not to say that the nurse managers aren't doing the most they can with what they have available to them. But, more money needs to come down the pipeline for nurses salaries and to pay for staff to support them. For example, the over 40 nurses might just stay on a few extra years if they didn't have to lift patients. Why are RN's still lifting patients? This could easily be done by young strong lifting teams hired specifically for that purpose that are crosstrained to do other non-nursing tasks. Personally, if I was hired with the understanding that I didn't have to lift anything over, say, 20 lbs, I would be much more inclined to return to hospital nursing. But as it is, its just too risky. But, getting back to the original subject; if more nurses were willing to work in hospitals (see above), there would be no need to brings in large groups of nurses with foreign training. Unfortunately I don't think that's going to happen any time soon. In the meantime, we do need nurses willing to work there. There are many, many very good (equivalent) nursing programs outside the States but also some not so good ones. If we must have foreign trained nurses we must insist on those only from quality programs with the ability to understand and be understood in both written and spoken English.
  2. So you want me to be a doormat? Women have been doormats too long. Yes, I'm angry that nurses have been treated the way they have. But I also am taking action. I've walked away and live an incredibly great life. I refuse to be treated that way. That doesn't mean I have to be selfish and not share what I've learned with others. You must have believed the propaganda the nursing educators have thrown at you. MD's and other health professionals also help people immensely (AND get paid for it). I think women (and men) who go into nursing and think they are the only health professionals who REALLY help the patient are ignorant and naïve. (No I don't really think they have a screw loose). Research and talk to other health professionals. They will tell you THEY do help patients, but most aren't so egocentric to think they are the ONLY ones that do. (Only they do it at a higher salary and/or better working conditions.) I was not told the truth when I decided to become a nurse, but I know now. I'm older and wiser and I thank God every day that I don't have to risk my life on a daily basis (nursing is one of the highest risk for injury jobs there is) for a paltry some of money. If you think nurses are bitter just because they speak the truth, then conditions will never change for nurses. My only regret in leaving nursing is I am not able to care for patients, which I love to do. But there are a lot of things in life I love to do. Caring for my family and myself comes first.
  3. Once again I would like to repeat. There are PLENTY of nurses NOW, but not working in hospital nursing. Who told you there was a shortage? Hospitals who are want the available pool as large as posible so they don't have to work to recuit, pay, etc. SHOW ME THE NUMBERS!!!!
  4. What's all this about "loving what we do?!? I don't care if the nurse who takes care of me loves or hates what she does, what I care about is if she's competent and relates to me in a professional manner so I can get back safely to my home and my family. I was one of the few nurses who did love what I did, but that didn't pay the bills so now I don't do what I love but I get paid more. Unfortunately a lot of other nurses feel the same as I. Would I recommend nursing to a young person? Not if I was fond of that person. At one time women only became nurses, teachers or secretaries. All women, IQ of 150 down to 90 (or so). This isn't the case today. Women don't have to put up with these working conditions and substandard wages. A women who is in the upper part of her class can for example, become a physician (at a salary many, many, many times that of a nurse). What woman in her right mind would choose nursing if she had the brains and the initiative to do something else. ( or man for that matter?)
  5. I have no problem with individuals from other countries making the effort to work in the US. I would welcome them with open arms. The problem comes when an effort by the hospitals to recruit large numbers of nurses from outside the US in order to staff the hospital. There are enough nurses right now in the US!!! They just don't work in nursing due to the wages and working conditions. (What other profession are you required to lift 100+ lbs. then be blamed for your injury because you didn't "lift correctly.") Once again, there are enough nurses (yes, there is a predicted shortage, but that hasn't come about yet)!!! There is a shortage of NURSES WORKING AS NURSES because they refuse to work under the conditions set forth by the majority of US hospitals. As for the issue on prn staff having higher wages, I think that's OK and here's why: your compensation for working takes two forms (1) wages and (2) benefits. Benefits are usually 30-40 % of your wages, so the prn staffer who does not get benefits should have their salary adjusted by this amount in order to be fairly compensated. Another issue is that if the hospital doesn't hire its own prn staff and is forced to use agency nurses, the cost can run up to $50 per hour with about $30 per hour of that going to the nurse. Soooo, the bottom line is that fiscally it makes since to employ PRN's. It prevents the permanent staff from having to work forced overtime, it saves the hospital money (and who knows that MIGHT translate into higher wages for the permanent staff in the long run. The moral of the story is to welcome these PRN'ers with open arms. Develop friendships and professional relationships with them. Its in YOUR best interest that they're there.
  6. This is really unacceptable. One of our local hospitals will bring in 75 nurses from overseas next month. Some of the other hospitals had started allowing flex time, increased salaries, etc. I'm sure that when 75 nurses are dumped into the pool, we will see these gains again be lost. Is it too much to ask for decent wages, working conditions, and a family friendly employer. There was recently a study done that showed there is no present nursing shortage. There are plenty of nurses, they just refuse to work for substandard wages and in the working conditions of modern hospitals.

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