Saturday, August 08, 2015
is there a nursing shortage going on?
The hospital I work in has been full for months. It is so full that they have been offering big bonuses this summer to work extra shifts. There is no sign this is ending anytime soon.
Nowadays hospitals hire bare minimum staff and count on nurses to work extra shifts. So if they run out of nurses they are screwed. They are running out of nurses. Even with bonuses, nurses can only work so many shifts. Hospitals have the mentality that it will eventually slow down and they don't want to pay for staff they don't need.
What they don't seem to get is that patients are so much sicker now. With the baby boomers getting older, there are more of them. What we are doing in hospitals has become so much more complex with things like ECMO, LVADS, CRT, TPA, etc. The things we do now require so much more nursing care.
ERs are becoming high tech nursing homes. Our typical patient has become someone who has a couple of chronic illnesses like diabetes an kidney failure who is now septic. They are complicated and require a lot of care.
We run our asses off to get it done.
Yup it feels like there is a shortage brewing. There are a lot of new grads out there looking for jobs. They have those wonderful bachelor degrees hospitals are requiring these days. The thing is they don't have the experience that is needed to care for today's complex patients and there are only so many med surg openings. So then what?
Oh well, more money for us....
Posted by girlvet at 10:06 AM