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Old 02-15-2009, 03:56 PM
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Arrow Hospitals focus on retention in midst of nursing shortage.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090215/...rsing_shortage


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MIAMI ? Newly minted nurse Katie O'Bryan was determined to stay at her first job at least a year, even if she did leave the hospital every day wanting to quit.
She lasted nine months. The stress of trying to keep her patients from getting much worse as they waited, sometimes for 12 hours, in an overwhelmed Dallas emergency room was just too much. The breaking point came after paramedics brought in a child who'd had seizures. She was told he was stable and to check him in a few minutes, but O'Bryan decided not to wait. She found he had stopped breathing and was turning blue.


I wish they had had some of these long term mentoring programs when I started out - I did an ok job, but I definitely needed some polishing and did not get the help I needed at the time.
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Very interesting Diary, thanks
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Mentoring programs? Hah! The first job I found after I got out of nursing school, I ended up as a charge nurse in a just-opened nursing home. That lasted all of three months. My next job lasted a whole month. I have never felt adequate in a nursing role, and now I see why.
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I think that we need a mentoring program for nurses...I think we could keep new nurses better if we had them.....The first job that I had after I got my license was being in "charge" of ICU on my nights that I worked. I mean they put me in charge ahead of a nurse that had been an RN for a long period of time. But I had worked in the unit as an LPN for about 4 years but that still wasn't enough I didn't think. I hope that they have success with this program and it continues.....

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They had that program where I used to work-Baptist-in fact they mention Baptist in that article. I still don't think it's enough and they don't do anything to retain experienced nurses. In fact they had 2 nurses retire-one with 40yrs experience, one with 35yrs because they were forcing them to go from 8 hr shifts to 12 hr shifts. Stupid if you asked me these nurses had a wealth of knowledge and experience. Where I work now they atleast give us a patient load that won't kill you. That's one way to retain nurses. Cut the patient load not only would nurses not be so stressed and quit, they would also have the time to help the new nurses.

To me JACHO is largely responsible for the nursing shortage, they come up with one stupid thing after another that just makes nurses jobs harder and does not help the patients.
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They should have done something about retaining nurses years ago.
I know when I first started working in the hospital that I trained in YEARS ago, no one left, everyone was happy THEN bing bammmm boommmm.

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Many facilities here in So Cal have adopted long term travel contracts with foreign nurses, usually from the Philippines. Westways is one of the agencies that has the majority of contracts.

I'm sure there are other foreign nurses here on contracts but Philipino nurses are the first to come to mind. It's my understanding that the hourly rate is lower than that for me or a staff nurse and the contracts are usually for night shift.

Here in So Cal the answer to the so called nursing shortage is not to attempt to retain current staff, but to bring in more travel nurses who are happy to be here.
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The mentoring program is a good idea but they should ask the experienced nurses if they want to be shadowed first. A lot of nurses do not like students or new grads at all & I don't mean just verbal beratings. Some of the people we've met are truely psychotic.
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