Here is a blog entry from a nurse that addresses some of the issues currently facing working nurses. As you can see from this posting, she also is struggling with the “why” that causes other nurses to leave the profession. She makes very good points, and I hope you will follow the link and take her poll.
Nursing is definitely facing a crisis at this time. How will we deal with it? We all struggle daily at our workplaces with various ways to deal with the desperate shortage of nurses at a time when the population is growing older and, because of insurance changes, the people we see are much, much sicker than ever before.
As I find blog entries, new accounts, or other tidbits of information you may find interesting, I will add them here .
In Our Own Words: Medscape Nurses
The Last Blog — Leaving or Staying…
beka serdans, Nurse Practitioner, Critical Care/Intensive Care, 11:29PM Aug 17, 2009” Little is Better than Nothing”
Although I am not surprised by the numbers revealed in the poll, I do find them somewhat disturbing and disappointing. This leads me to question a bit more about why we are staying or leaving our current positions and what happened to the idea of nursing as a profession as a whole. In my 22 years plus in bedside nursing, beginning at the age of 21 years, I have only worked at 3 major medical healthcare facilities during my entire career beginning in Rochester, New York, within the http://www.stronghealth.org system and, eventually, landing in http://www.nyp.org and then moving on to BIMC on the lower East Side.I have to say that I love bedside clinical nursing despite the hard work, the long hours, the staff shortages, and changes in patient acuity over the years.
Giving a gentle backrub or passing out coffee to a grieving family or even simply hearing the words “thank you” from a trached patient makes all the difference. And these things only reinforce that I am needed within nursing.Yes, I have thought of law school, especially the area of civil rights and disability, but I truly can’t imagine completely leaving the field of nursing. People need us. They need YOU. I have added another poll question to try and get to the bottom of “Are You Staying or Leaving?” Are we that angry about the way nursing has changed?The Last Blog — Leaving or Staying…: In Our Own Words: Medscape Nurses