- Mar 2012
- New Hampshire
Yea I dont like those that attack caregivers. One of our friends from college is now a surgical nurse and makes a lot of money. But she says a lot her old friends thinks she is greedy because she is in healthcare and makes that kind of money while people cant afford healthcare. She tries to explain its a rough job and not her fault, but she does say especially nowadays its a thankless job as people scoff at anyone making a good living in healthcare. Stupid.Nurses are the first out the door when hospitals cut back on their budgets. The nursing shortage is when I entered nursing. It was awful. 20:1 patient/nurse ratios. The hospitals had an idea that they could train nursing assistants to do a big part of the job....and they trained them. The problem was regulation by State for procedures they could perform. For example, IV's. We trained the lab to start a line for nurses to push a med. All that happened, two people did one job and the State Board fought against it. It did not work out and when the hospitals started hiring nurses again, the nurses had moved on to other areas, such as pharmaceutical sales and education and the hospitals had to start from scratch again.
When I worked as a Director of Nursing for a Jewish hospital...I was hired after they laid off 700 nurses system wide. That hospital almost worked me to death. I clocked more hours on salary than the hourly nurses covering shifts. We had just started 12 hour shifts and I pulled several 24 hour shifts back to back when I could not cover the shift safely. It was either work a double shift or close the unit due to staffing. I was averaging about 4.00 a hour. I would not cut salaries on people who have direct patient care responsibilities....it is the patient who suffers for that decision.