almost 5 years ago
4 articles submitted
February 16, 2009
Everyone does suffer and its not fair to the patients. They are occassionally put in dangerous situations and hopefully it doesnt "reach" them. Whats it gonna take to before someone really gets hurt or dies because of the skeletal staffing. That doesnt hold up in court. Our patients, our responsiblity.
Although healthcare is a great profession and always in demand. Even it suffers in a poor economy. Skeletal staffing is the norm. Layoffs. Eventually everyone is affected some how. Staff and patients suffer.
Myself being a nurse that was laid off 2 months ago, It depends on what type of nursing you are practicing. I was working as an agency nurse(local) and that field literally dried up overnight. The hospitals in my area did not receive there medicaid and medicare reimbursements from the state and there operating budgets were cut accordingly.
I used to think so!
I'm an RN/BSN, Board-certified in Community/Public Health Nursing, with over 35 years of clinical, educational, supervisory and administrative expertise.
I have been involved in all aspects of running a certified home care agency, being a Dept. Manager with a large HMO, QA/QI Manager, Ambulatory, Triage, and 10 years of hospital work. Six years ago, I developed Fibromyalgia. For the last 9 months, I have not been able to get any part-time position, in any medically-related field, because I cannot work an 8 hour day. I need to work 4 hours/day, 3 days/week.
I've been to numerous interviews. When I feel I have landed it, I find out that I didn't get the job. I've spent 5 hrs/day on websites, sent out over 500+ resumes, networked, etc., etc., etc.!
I've even applied to medical assistant/medical receptionist positions, without even a call-back. I'm so depressed, I don't know what to do. I've very involved in my profession, I have great references, and have had 50+ recruiter calls. As soon as I say part-time, Fibromyalgia, they hang up quickly. I've thought about alternative careers, such as becoming a certified Asthma Educator, a cert. Health Educator, going back to get a Post-Bachelor's certificate in Nursing Faculty, however, you're talking at least several thousands of dollars. I'm on SSDI, my savings is gone, my IRA is almost gone, and I don't know what to do to look for scholarships, because most of them you have to be in school to apply for them. I've tried all associated places like law offices, QA depts. in hospitals, MD offices as a health educator, schools, etc. There is nothing there for me. I know that I'm old (60) and that I have a disability. That I've been treated with "silent" discrimination. I can't seem to prove it, but I know it's happening to me. Can anyone help me? I really need to work for my income and my sanity.
Even though there is a need, very large need, for nurses, I dont feel that our jobs are secure. As I am now looking for new employment. The facility that I came from often chose to leave a med/surg floor with pts with running epidurals and pca pumps (joint replacement, spine surgery, pain management, tia/stroke pts) short staffed. Very short staffed. Each nurse could have 6 pts and only 1 tech on the floor. Everybody is cutting down somewhere. Unfortunately patients come in thinking theyre going to get great care and dont realize that yes, the medical profession has downsized also, even though there is "a nursing shortage". No job is secure right now.
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