BLOGS: Nurses–lots of them

Did you know that there were 4 million nurses in America? OK I made that up, but there are about 3 million RNs, not that all of them are working as nurses. I tell you this because virtually all of them have their own blog and most of those are in the nurses carnival called Change of Shift. This may be why there’s such a nursing shortage, as they’re all writing blogs instead!

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  1. RN since – well, a long time ago. Myself and some other nurses (with degrees) decided that USA health care wasn’t where we wanted to work anymore. Guess it seemed more like corporate production than patient care. Now we assess USA patients who travel overseas for surgery. They’re called “medical tourists” – although the tour part comes with an incision. According to the book by Jeff Schult, “Beauty from Afar”, 100,000 people went somewhere else other than their local USA hospital for some type of health care in 2005.

  2. “traditionally, the chance to get an advanced degree has been impeded by the need to start a family.”
    Posted by: grateful doula | Jul 16, 2006 8:58:15 PM
    Possibley another reason, but having been married to a non degreed nurse for close to 30 years, I have found the major impediment (at least for my wife) to a degree (BSN or PHD) is there is usually not much if any difference in pay scale. Bed side degreed nurses are largely paid for the job not the degree. As well for those nurses who go on to education or management they lose money being salaried, with no overtime, not hourly. PHD nurses that go from school to management or teaching, without any hands on bed side experience usually make poor managers and teachers.

  3. panasianbiz, it makes sense if you look at it this way – there’s not only a shortage of nurses but a shortage of nursing faculty, i.e. not enough nurses with masters’ or doctorates who specialize in nursing education. turning away nursing school applicants due to lack of faculty is one of the major contributors to the nursing shortage, hence the onslaught of incentives for nurses to get their PhDs and become nurse educators through accelerated programs. traditionally, the chance to get an advanced degree has been impeded by the need to start a family.

  4. I stumbled across your blog while I was doing some online research. I know for a fact that in Connecticut, while they are predicting a nursing shortage in the forseeable future, nursing schools are turning away applicants as they don’t have the resources to teach them. Does this make sense to anyone?

  5. For the first time in history there are four generations of nurses in the field togther; Traditionalists, Baby-boomers, Gen-Xers and Milleniums.
    Four separate value systems trying to all get along. There’s no time to blog.

  6. My theory is that they all upgraded to utilization reviewers/case managers so they could have they own Gucci bags to carry the lap-tops and blog; anything to avoid those demanding patients and arrogant doctors..remote-but possible.