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Staffing Shortages in HealthCare

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madwife2002 has 26 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in RN, BSN, CHDN.

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I'm overwhelmed. Can you imagine how new grads and inexperienced nurses feel like? Sometimes I feel like I am swimming for my life and the sharks are biting at my ankles and if I stop or slow down ... I will be pulled down into the depths of the ocean - where it will be impossible to come to the surface. You are reading page 3 of Staffing Shortages in HealthCare. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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"Second, Your staffing shortages are a symptom of our health care system, it's all about the money and bottom line, health care is run as a business now and it shows and until that changes staffing shortages will remain a problem"

And re: the need for hospital cutbacks due to the economy. Sometimes, it's not all about the money. Sometimes it's about letting the hospital staff know that that they are respected, and that their hard work and efforts are greatly appreciated. A validation of all the hours and days when they have worked so hard needs to be given. Sometimes a "thank you", and an acknowledgment of their hardships, and empathy with the staff, make facing deep cuts a tiny bit easier.

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I understand that comment well. I used to come in and work extra shifts all the time. On occasion I would work an entire pay period and never work on the same unit twice or even in the same position the entire 2 weeks. I would fill in as supervisor, preceptor, admission assessment nurse, charge nurse, med nurse and in some instances fill in as a nurses aid. I would volunteer for committees, teach IV classes, do CPR training and do work at home. Do I ever recieve a "thank you" or any other validation of appreciation? On the contrary, I'm expected to do MORE and set a good example for others. It has gone so far as to being denied credit for ideas which I have come up with and someone else up the ladder claiming it was their idea. Now that I'm going through a rough medical problem and specifically informed my managers that I cannot work extra for a while, they make a point to call me EVERY one of my days off to see if I can come in because of the staffing fiasco they are responsible for creating. So much for nursing compassion.

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brandy1017 is a ASN, RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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Brandy, while I agree that health care is now run using a corporate model, I disagree with you about training new graduate nurses. I happen to be an Intern Development Specialist. What that means is that our corporation VALUES our new nurses enough to assign one individual at each campus whose only job is following the new nurse, her/his coach, and ensure their progress for 2 full years. We provide additional training when they are first hired (of which we are part of that process) and become involved should something be wrong for any reason. Our goal is retention, competence, and a "corporation free of nurse-to-nurse hostility.

What we look for is: the new nurse a good fit for the unit, is the coach a good fit for the new nurse, and if not we can move the new nurse, from the unit and even campus to campus if necessary. Better yet we don't need HR to become involved.

The result is decreased turnover (running between 3-8%), better run units, and more successful new nurses.

That's great, but I think your training model is pretty rare in healthcare these days!

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