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  •  nursing shortage (2+ / 0-)
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    Part of the problem is that there is a serious shortage of nurses in this country, especially in more rural areas.
    In PA, for instance, there are Recruiting for Nurses ads on TV.

    An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.

    by wishingwell on Sun Mar 02, 2008 at 08:23:22 AM PST

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    •  And a lot of that is because (1+ / 0-)
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      working conditions for nurses are so terrible that 15 year nursing careers are common, when a typical career should be 40 years.

      Nursing is physically difficult, high stakes, and nurses are not treated with the professional respect they deserve. When they're asked to do too much, patients die. The stress of all that is overwhelming.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Sun Mar 02, 2008 at 11:00:03 AM PST

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    •  lack of nursing training programs (1+ / 0-)
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      There used to be a lot of hospital-based programs. Then someone (I don't know who) decided those programs were no good, you should have a BA. But the BA programs didn't grow. My understanding is that there are skads of students trying to get into nursing programs, but very few places each year. This is nuts! Instead it's apparently cheaper for hospitals to bring nurses from Tanzania or hire temp "travel nurses."

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