Cialis discount Cherry Ames, cialis discount Podiatry Nurse?
Cialis discount Yuck.
Cialis discount The poor nurse in this photo can barely contain her true feelings.
Cialis discount Obviously, cialis discount she doesn’t relish her job, cialis discount but that poor doctor actually has to do the exam.
Cialis discount Without gloves! I hope he washes his hands between patients, cialis discount especially since he is looking for athlete’s foot. Cialis discount Major yuck!
Cialis discount At least the nurse is wearing a decent cap.
And that’s why I became a nurse. Cialis discount I wanted the cap. Cialis discount And I got it!
And now there’s a nursing shortage.
Ask ten people why there is a nursing shortage and you’ll get ten different answers.
The best post I’ve ever read that addresses the real reasons for the nursing shortage was sent to me by Shane. Cialis discount Now, cialis discount it isn’t unusual for me to give Shane information about nursing, cialis discount but it is unusual for him to send me stuff.
The Mission-Critical Sticky Factors in Nursing is a provocative post (and on a site about online nursing degrees, cialis discount of all places!) You need to read it before you finish this post. Cialis discount I’ll go grab my coffee while you do that…..
Basically, cialis discount the nursing shortage is caused by a number of factors leading to one conclusion:
Why do nurses quit?
Well, cialis discount perhaps because the salary sucks in the majority of the country. Cialis discount A pittance of a check for one hell of a lot of responsibility. Cialis discount You know, cialis discount accountability without any power.
Or maybe we feel stuck because there is nowhere to go once you are in the profession. Cialis discount Oh, cialis discount you can climb a clinical ladder, cialis discount if your hospital has one, cialis discount and make one or two dollars more per hour. Cialis discount It’s not standardized between hospitals so if you change jobs, cialis discount you lose that “Clinical Nurse” distinction and have to start all over trying to earn it at your new facility.
Or maybe you can obtain an advanced degree, cialis discount your BSN or your MSN or even a doctorate.
It won’t mean any more responsibility in your position as a staff nurse. Cialis discount If you don’t want to be a nurse practitioner or a nurse anesthetist, cialis discount you will have just spent a ton of money and a great deal of time for a few more letters in your personal alphabet soup and zero increase in your pocketbook.
You want to become a nurse educator? Good for you. Cialis discount You’ll be living on about one-third of your staff nurse salary and working many more hours, cialis discount but hey! Weekends and holidays off, cialis discount right?
You want to be a researcher? I hope it’s just for the love of learning because it isn’t going to profit you in any other way.
That brings us back the the “Mission-Critical Sticky Factors” post.
Nurses quit because there is little in the profession that causes them to “buy-in”, cialis discount to be loyal to the profession. Cialis discount Oh, cialis discount we all start out like that. Cialis discount We “buy-in” to the altruistic, cialis discount self-sacrificial, cialis discount “angel of mercy” persona for awhile.
But within a few years we find our altruism singed around the edges. Cialis discount We have increasing responsibility with very little power to control our work environments. Cialis discount There is little incentive to advance our education, cialis discount as if we had the energy to actually do it. Cialis discount The patients are emotionally demanding. Cialis discount The work is physically demanding, cialis discount especially for those of us (cough!) who are veterans of the profession.
Assuming we last that long. Cialis discount Too often, cialis discount especially these days, cialis discount when the younger, cialis discount newer nurses realize the reality of the profession, cialis discount when they experience what Marlene Kramer referred to as “reality shock” as far back as 1974, cialis discount they don’t put up with it. Cialis discount They no longer have to; there are too many other opportunities.
The revolving door of nurse-retention spits them out faster than new ones can be hired.
Sound depressing. Cialis discount It is. Cialis discount Is it how I feel right now about nursing?
Is it how you feel about nursing? Have you “bought-in” to the profession or are you biding your time until you can escape? Are you new and wondering “what the hell did I get myself into?” or are you a seasoned veteran counting the days to retirement?
If you are thinking of leaving the profession, cialis discount what would keep you in? More money? A sense of being valued by your patients or hospital administration? More benefits? Tangible incentives for more education?
Maybe I’m rare, cialis discount maybe I’m a dinosaur, cialis discount but I “bought-in” to this profession long ago.
Oh, cialis discount there were times it looked like the grass was greener outside of nursing and I thought about what it would be like to do something else. Cialis discount But nursing is in my blood at the genetic-molecular level; map my genome and you’ll find it. Cialis discount My chromosomes are shaped like tiny nursing caps.
Nursing isn’t something I do, cialis discount it’s something I am.
I guess I “bought-in” to the caring aspect on that front porch in the summer of 1966 when it was just Cherry Ames and me.
And not just because I’d get a cap out of the deal.
That was just the icing on the cake.