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Nurse Shortages Have Hospitals on Call

Nurse Shortages Have Hospitals on Call

Rash Madkour / AP

March 16, 2009

Building their skills

Medical school grads get on-the-job training during formal residencies ranging from three to seven years. Many newly licensed nurses do not have a similar protected period as they build their skills and get used to a demanding environment.

Some hospitals have set up programs to help new nurses make the transition. Often, they assign novices to more experienced nurses, whom they shadow for a few weeks or months while they learn the ropes. That’s what O’Bryan’s hospital did, but for her, it wasn’t enough.

So more hospitals are investing in longer, more thorough residencies. These can cost roughly $5,000 per resident. But the cost of recruiting and training a replacement for a nurse who washed out is about $50,000, personnel experts estimate.

One national program is the Versant RN Residency, which was developed at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and since 2004 has spread to 70 other hospitals nationwide. One of those, Baptist Health South Florida in the Miami area, reports cutting its turnover rate from 22 percent to 10 percent in the 18 months since it started its program. The Versant plan pairs new nurses with more experienced nurses and they share patients.

For Yaima Milian, who’s currently in the program at Baptist Health, this is markedly different from the preparation she got at her first hospital in New Jersey. She left after a six-week orientation because she didn’t feel ready to work solo.

Besides the residency’s professional guidance, which includes classroom instruction, new nurses also get personal support from mentors.

“Here you have this group that is pretty much experiencing the same things you’re experiencing,” Milian said, “and it makes you feel better.”

© YellowBrix 2009


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    lpnfire

    over 5 years ago

    80 comments

    man i would give anything to work in the hospital... but they just dont like LPN's even with their IV certification! :(

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    lraw3

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Even as a vetern ED RN, patients still get to me, but overall, I think we are eating our young.

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    judyblue1

    almost 6 years ago

    14 comments

    dont ever miss any time,its very hard to get a job if you miss any significant amt.of time i took care of my dad for 5years and with 30 years expirence i cant find a job r.n.1974

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    denae

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I wanted to go to nursing school and encountered a NUMBER of problems:
    1. The prerequisites-tell me that you HAVE to know advanced microbiology to be a nurse...
    2. Hospitals are not hiring newbies
    3. Hospitals used to totally train people to become nurses (okay, I;m old). No hospitals TEACH nursing anymore, although there were "fellowship" programs affiliated with local community colleges. I'm guessing this will never change (as far as hospitals teaching)
    4. It is almost impossible to hold a job when you have clinicals-they indicate that you are pretty much "on call".
    I myself, do not have a Mommy and Daddy willing to pay for my school and support me otherwise while I learn.
    Does anyone have any positive insights? Super cheap programs anywhere? I would even relocate.
    It just seems to me if this is going to be such a crisis, that SOMEONE would make making SOMETHING easier.
    Of course, we can just keep importing nurses and not educating new ones here, I guess...that has worked so well so far...

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    peanutt329

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    If there is such a nursing shortage, then why do I have such a problem getting a nursing job? I can't get anyone to call me back for a job and not to mention when you finally get a job interview, you never get the job because someone else always has better qualifications then you do. What is the point of wasting your time and money going to nursing school?

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    violyr98

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    The problem with Hospitals right now there are not hiring entry level or newly grad.There requirements are with in 1 to 2 years experience.

    San Francisco California

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    Account Removed

    almost 6 years ago

    really?
    ow here in the philippines , nurses are over populated that a lot of BSN RN here are jobless oh my god like me

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    michelleansley

    almost 6 years ago

    16 comments

    new nurses entering fields really need the inside scoop and this gives insight

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    Account Removed

    almost 6 years ago

    Wow!

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    Account Removed

    almost 6 years ago

    Check out the article that I posted on nursing schools.
    http://nursinglink.monster.com/news/articles/7855-new-nursing-schools-s...

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