Healthcare facilities are firing seasoned nurses at rapid rates. The reason? They're more expensive than their younger, less experienced nurses who can be paid much less.
More seasoned nurses have a more difficult time getting work when they are fired. This practice of firing experienced nurses and hiring new graduates needs to stop. It's affecting patients and puts them at risk for mistakes that new nurses often make. With fewer nurses employed by each facility new nurses are being worked above and beyond 40-hours a week and the work is strenuous and physically draining. We all know even seasoned nurses make errors when they're over-worked.
Nurses with experience are leaving the field because of the increasing demands to work harder and longer. Nurses are exhausted and feel there is no help in sight.
The patients are getting sicker and nurse to patient ratios are increasing, yet facilities only care about their bottom line and want to sweep these issues under the rug. Administration spends most of their time figuring out ways to cut costs, which affects patient care and nurses' salaries while increasing the work and pushing nurses to the snapping point.
Our benefits are being cut, but the cost of health insurance is increasing. and retirements are becoming non-existent.
We're stressed to the boiling point and when there are medication errors and decreased patient satisfaction the blame in always on the nurse. The administration doesn't seem to consider that mistakes happen when you have new nurses who have no experience and you're working them to the bone for little salary.
Unfortunately, you get what you pay for. Seasoned nurses need to be taking new nurses under their wing and guiding them for at least a year. But administrators are too busy firing competent, experienced nurses and hiring new graduates who need training, but you've already fired all the seasoned nurses so the new ones are thrown to the wolves.
The acuity of patients is increasing because patients are not receiving the proper care initially, by experienced nurses. ICUs are crammed with patients who, if cared for earlier could have been discharged.
Nurses are calling out sick because of the stress and no one works just 12-hours anymore.
Facilities cannot possibly keep pushing nurses to their limits. This way of dealing with health care cannot continue. There has now become a conflict of interest between nurses and facilities. The first role of a nurse is to be the patient's advocate. How can we possibly do this when we're constantly hitting a brick wall with the very facility that we work in.
Healthcare facilities cannot possibly continue to believe that cutting staff and overworking the ones you have will provide you with positive results in patient satisfaction. Please let nurses be nurses. Allow nurses to do their jobs without feeling constant pressure to work harder and longer. I feel like patients are treated like cattle and if I feel that way then how do you think the patients feel like?
Our patients deserve quality care. Nurses are the most trusted profession year after year in surveys. But this won't last if we continue to treat patients like they're an inconvenience. Everything rolls downhill. If you have unhappy nurses, you have unhappy, unhealthy patients, decreased patient satisfaction that equals decreased reimbursement and finally an unhappy administration that is left shaking their heads trying to figure out what is wrong. Service is key to fixing this problem, Service, not only for patients but for nurses too.
In business, you reap what you sow and patient outcomes are at risk here. As it stands, nurses are being rewarded for all their hard work and dedicated years of service by receiving a pink slip. Something is very wrong with that picture.
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