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Nursing Shortage Consortium of South Florida (NSCSF):"Welcome to the Nursing Shortage Consortium of South Florida (NSCSF) website. NSCSF is a consortium of South Florida healthcare industry employers, nursing schools, health agencies, and other industry related members, who are committed to increasing the supply of registered nurses to meet the healthcare needs of South Florida."
Jackie Gonzalez
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Tel: 305-663-6860
Fax: 305-665-1576
http://www.nursingshortage.org/

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Judge: PBSO deputies violated nurses' rights by demanding blood tests in suspected DUI cases, By Jane Musgrave, May 20, 2012:"Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies have been violating the constitutional rights of nurses by threatening them with arrest if the hospital workers didn't draw blood from suspected drunken drivers, a federal magistrate has ruled. In a case involving a nurse at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Riviera Beach, Magistrate James Hopkins said Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and any "officer of reasonable competence" should have realized they can't put a medical professional in handcuffs for refusing to conduct a blood test. "The Sheriff's Department knew or should have known implementation of the policy would inevitably lead to violations of the Fourth Amendment for false arrest," Hopkins wrote in a 27-page opinion this month. The ruling stemmed from a lawsuit VA nurse Marjorie DePalis­-Lachaud filed last spring against the agency, two years after she was put in handcuffs and forced to sit in a patrol car after she explained to deputy Kenneth Noel that hospital policy prevented her from drawing blood without a doctor's order."
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/judge-pbso-deputies-violated-nurses-rights-by-demanding-2366534.html

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Apr. 22, 2005: Florida: Panhandle nursing shortage halts admissions to state vets home:"A state veterans nursing home serving the Florida Panhandle has halted new admissions because of a staffing shortage, and some employees say they are working too many hours. As a result, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, or AHCA, has begun an investigation of the Clifford Chester Sims State Veterans Nursing Home in this Panama City suburb. It is one of six homes run statewide by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs."
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/news/local/11462935.htm

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April 3, 2005: Florida: Bill prescribes nurse staffing By Brian Bandell:"As hospitals warn of a nursing shortage in Florida, a labor union is becoming more aggressive in supporting a bill that would require hospitals to hire more nurses. A union representing thousands of nurses is backing bills in the Florida House (HB 1117) and Senate (SB 1176) that would set a strict nurse-to-patient ratio in hospital departments and ban mandatory overtime."
South Florida Business Journal
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7378192/

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January 18, 2005: Florida: Slowly running out of nurses, Limited-access programs produce limited grads:"Saeeda Lakhani wants to go abroad and "do volunteer work." And in order to get there, she decided to become a nurse. She admitted the path to becoming a nurse has been "rough and very hard." But she has stuck with the program. "Nursing is one of the best ways to help out people," she reasoned. Lakhani, who will graduate from UCF's nursing program in May, is among thousands of students across the nation who want to help out their fellow human beings by becoming a nurse. But this dream will not come true for all of them, and the reason is far more complicated than a low GPA or the type of nursing program."
http://www.ucfnews.com/news/2005/01/18/News/Slowly.Running.Out.Of.Nurses-834642.shtml

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Sunday, November 28, 2004:"Florida: Crippling nursing shortage looms on the national horizon:"Up Then Down. The number of nurses will actually increase in the short-term, according to Dr. Buerhaus, "The workforce is projected to peak at a size of 2.3 million in 2012," he said, but shrink to 2.2 million by 2020 owing to retirements. The increase will come from promotions to encourage young persons to enter the profession. Men entering the workforce have also been growing at a steady rate over the past two decades, increasing from 5 percent in 1983 with about 60,000 RN's in the workforce, to nearly 9 percent, or 160,000 in 2003, according to the U.S."
http://www.bocaratonnews.com/index.php?src=news&prid=10289&category=Local%20News

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Mon, Oct. 04, 2004: Florida: Nursing shortage could attract more men to the field:"Mike Barbour is a man in a woman's world, but he sees his world as a changing one. Barbour graduated from nursing school in 1977 and has spent more than two decades in the field. Over the years, many patients have left their mark on his memory. One small boy often comes to mind. The patient was puzzled by Barbour. "He finally said to me, 'What are you? Are you a doctor? You can't be a nurse because nurses are women,'" Barbour recalled."
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/business/9832060.htm?1c

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Thursday, February 6, 2003: Florida: PBAU to add nursing school:"Palm Beach Atlantic University today plans to announce that it is establishing a nursing school with $1.2 million in donations from Tenet Healthcare Corp. and the Palm Healthcare Foundation. PBA's nursing program, slated to receive its first students in the fall, will be the fourth four-year nursing program in Palm Beach County, which like the rest of the nation is facing a severe nursing shortage. Florida Atlantic and Lynn universities in Boca Raton and South College in West Palm Beach already have bachelor's programs in nursing. Palm Beach Community College in Lake Worth has a two-year nursing program."
http://www.gopbi.com/partners/pbpost/epaper/editions/today/business_e314fd137157507e1051.html

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January 17, 2003: Florida: TGH outpatient surgery center to drive volume:"About 42 employees staff the outpatient surgery center. Half of the nursing staff consists of registered nurses, said Dina Nelson, vice president of patient care services. Recruiting nurses during a shortage proved difficult, but by initiating an "aggressive campaign" the hospital managed to fill the majority of the positions, Nelson said. Some nurses moved over from other parts of the hospital, but new hires also were needed. "We worked like dogs on that," said Nelson."
http://tampabay.bizjournals.com/tampabay/stories/2003/01/20/story4.html

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Tue, Jan. 14, 2003: Florida: Schools to add more nurses:"I think the responsibility is much more in a school setting than it is in a hospital setting," she said. "You have a backup in the hospital setting, whereas you don't here. You're sort of practicing on your own here." With a nursing shortage across the nation and with schools having more difficulty finding people to hire, Varley said it is doubly hard to hire more school nurses. "The hours are much shorter than they are at hospitals," she said. "The pay is probably half what it is at hospitals. And I don't know too many nurses who could actually maintain a household on the salary that the Board of Education would pay."
http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/local/4940128.htm

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December 30, 2002: Florida: Year in Review: Health Care: Costs drive health care issues:"Access and affordability underscore 2002's health care conundrums. Add to this a severe nursing shortage affecting quality of care – another cost driver – and the year is pockmarked by a series of crises, real and contrived. This year's winners: the HMOs, hospitals, insurance companies, large pharmaceutical"
http://southflorida.bizjournals.com/southflorida/stories/2002/12/30/story4.html

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12/24/02: Florida: Nursing shortage affects schools:"Some of the 35 schools in Sarasota County don't have a school nurse. And the district's ratio of one nurse to every 4,600 students is more than three times what the state of Florida recommends. "A lot of people don't realize that we don't have a nurse in every school," said Wilma Hamilton, Sarasota County Superintendent of schools. "We hope that some of our children will get earlier treatment from school health nurses." Each school has a skilled health aide, but he or she may not be equipped to accommodate the needs of all the students who are guaranteed an education."
http://www.sun-herald.com/NewsArchive2/122402/tp7np1.htm?date=122402&story=tp7np1.htm

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December 28, 2002: Have Stethoscope, Will Travel:"Nurses who are willing to live out of a suitcase, face picket lines and work in different hospitals from one week to the next are nearly doubling their hourly wage. Hospitals in places such as California, Hawaii, Florida and New York are paying big money to recruiters for temporary staff to supplement their own employees during a national nursing shortage. The American Journal of Nursing reported that an estimated 255,000 traveling nurses are working throughout the United States, and that some 10,000 temporary nurse positions went unfilled earlier this year. "It's good money, but I don't just do it for the money," Mobile, Ala., resident Lois Veselits said from Estes Park, Colo. "I do it for the experience of living in other places."
http://www.newhousenews.com/archive/mcgaughey122702.html

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Saturday, December 28, 2002: Florida: Nursing school's contract with FGCU under reevaluation:"It was designed to answer a critical national shortage. Now, after two years of going beyond its projections, the Norman R. Wolford School of Nurse Anesthesia in Naples is considering what it will do next. The Wolford School is affiliated with Florida Gulf Coast University for nurse anesthesia education and with NCH Healthcare Systems and Collier Anesthesia, PA, for clinical training."
http://www.bonitanews.com/02/12/bonita/d872189a.htm

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Dec. 11, 2002: Florida: An untapped source to help nursing shortage: men:"Allan Delacruz hovers over the man who lies, dying, in the bed before him. He swabs the elderly patient's mouth, injects him with painkillers and checks his vital signs. Delacruz, a registered nurse at Florida Hospital Orlando, talks soothingly as he works, even though he isn't sure the older man can hear him. "Maybe part of the reason more males aren't here is because they don't want people to see their sensitive side," the 25-year-old Delacruz said."
http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/4715031.htm

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December 11, 2002: Florida: NSU to offer bachelor's for registered nurses:"In response to increasing demand, Davie-based Nova Southeastern University said it will offer registered nurses the opportunity to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing. NSU said the five-semester program, part of the school's health professions division, will combine classroom and Web instruction. NSU President Ray Ferrero Jr. said the school chose the methods to deliver its program so medical professionals will be able to improve their expertise without interrupting.
http://southflorida.bizjournals.com/southflorida/stories/2002/12/09/daily69.html

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12/08/02: Florida: Traveling nurses help medical community:"Imagine a job that pays you to travel almost anywhere you might want to go. When you arrive, an apartment selected to your preference and furnished to your specifications is waiting for you, rent paid, utilities turned on. In addition to great pay, the job offers excellent benefits and a professional working environment. And if you don't like the assignment, in 13 weeks you can leave and try again with no penalty."
http://www.sun-herald.com/NewsArchive2/120802/tp5np4.htm?date=120802&story=tp5np4.htm

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Sun, Dec. 01, 2002: Florida: Foreign physicians take up nursing as they resettle in U.S.:"Edwin Vides was a doctor in his native Colombia. Next year he will become a registered nurse, helping to ease the nursing shortage in South Florida. Vides, 30, practiced in Yopal, a city of 90,000 in the shadow of the Andes, before political turmoil and guerrilla activity drove him to Miami in 2000. He is among 40 foreign physicians - chosen out of 500 applicants from Cuba, Haiti, Romania, Central America, the Caribbean and Africa - accepted into the first accelerated physician-to-nursing program in the nation at Florida International University School of Nursing."
http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/4642809.htm

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November 27, 2002: Florida, Jacksonville: JU teams with hospital to teach nurses:"Jacksonville University and Flagler Hospital recently formed a partnership to help address Florida's critical shortage of nurses. JU's School of Nursing began offering a BSN-to-MSN program at the hospital this semester, and will begin an RN-to-BSN program in January."
http://jacksonville.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/stories/2002/11/25/daily17.html

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November 24, 2002: Florida: Nursing, anyone? In desperation, many local hospitals are making the training practically free:"Facing a shortage of nurses, six hospitals in Pasco and Hernando took dramatic action. In 2000, they offered a free nursing education at Pasco-Hernando Community College to up to 150 students who would, in return, commit to work at one of their facilities after graduation. Only 24 people initially enrolled. "When you're turning down more than $3,000 in fees and books, even if you've got the money to pay for the course work, that doesn't make a lot of sense to me," said PHCC president Bob Judson. But it speaks volumes about why there are not enough nurses to meet demand. For many nurses, the quality of professional life is low; they work odd hours; many complain of getting little respect; they're frequently overworked because of chronic understaffing; they have to deal with blood, body fluids and the pressure of having someone's health in their hands."
http://www.sptimes.com/2002/11/24/Pasco/Nursing__anyone.shtml

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November 18, 2002: Florida, Tampa Bay: Incentives attracting students to nursing profession:"Efforts to recruit and keep nurses in the Tampa Bay area and statewide seem to be producing results. A recent survey by the Florida Hospital Association showed that despite the shortage of nurses, the statewide nursing vacancy rate dropped from 15.6 percent in 2001 to 12.5 percent this year."
http://tampabay.bizjournals.com/tampabay/stories/2002/11/18/story4.html

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Fri, May. 31, 2002, Bill to recruit nurses a must for Florida, Tallahassee Democrat:"Doctors are often regarded as the quintessential health-care professionals, but Florida is waking up to the vital importance of nurses. Not that we have a choice: Florida will need 34,000 new nurses by 2006 to keep pace with demand, and 9,000 nursing jobs already are vacant statewide. As Gov. Jeb Bush said in January, the crisis isn't looming - it's here."
http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/opinion/3367717.htm

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November 16, 2001: Florida, Tampa: Shortage of nurses leading hospitals to policy changes:"At a time when hospitals complain they can't find enough nurses, the best-trained nurses say they have a hard time finding hospitals willing to pay for their special skills. For years, hospitals have ignored the extra training and experience associated with nursing certifications."
http://tampabay.bcentral.com/tampabay/stories/2001/11/19/story1.html

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Wednesday, May 6, 1998: Florida: Local nursing salaries, enrollment on the rise:"More Bay County residents are enrolling in nursing school and officials at Gulf Coast Community College say part of the reason is an increase in nursing salaries and job opportunities. GCCC is celebrating that growing interest in the field this week, National Nurses' Week. "It's a challenging field," says Ann Syfrett, chair of the health sciences division at the college. "All of our graduates get jobs and they're not just going into hospitals. They're also finding work in specialties like home care, intensive care and geriatrics."
http://www.newsherald.com/archive/lifestyle/ab050698.htm

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National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.:"The following narratives have been written by individual state boards of nursing regarding the significant activities in their respective states related to the nursing shortage. These excerpts do not provide a comprehensive update of the nurse shortage in these states or nationwide. The information is simply intended to share information among Member Boards."
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676 N. St. Clair Street Suite 550 Chicago, Illinois, 60611-2921
Telephone: (312) 787-6555. info@ncsbn.org
http://www.ncsbn.org/news/stateupdates_state_shortage.asp

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Nursing Shortage Serious For Seniors, About.com:"As the population ages the impact of the nursing shortage will be even greater. There is a threat to the health of every older adult in the United States and Canada looming on the horizon. It is not a virus or new type of bacteria that is causing this threat. The threat to health is a result of the increasing shortage of nurses in both countries. Over the last couple of years there have been numerous stories in the press about the magnitude and causes of the shortage. So far solutions for this situation have been few. Additionally this nursing shortage will impact the oldest of citizens the most. Older adults use health care services at a higher rate than do younger people. Advances in medicine and improved nutrition and lifestyle have added years to the average life span. With this longer life comes higher needs for medical services, especially the services of professional nurses."
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The Nurse/Patient Ratio by Genevieve M. Clavreul RN, Ph.D.:"The New Year heralds many things, and this year brings legislation mandating a patient/nurse ratio in California. But after the confetti stops falling, did we get what we want? We now have a panacea for thousands of nurses in California, however, the ratio really can’t be enforced. (At the writing of this article the companion bill for enforcement is stalled in the legislature, having been defeated at least once already). As my children are fond of saying, “why am I not surprised?” Having been a nurse for almost 30 years, most of those years spent in the NICU/PICU, I am used to working with a strict nurse/patient ratio. ICU’s and a few other areas of nursing have always been under the control of an “acuity” system. Actually, all nursing is supposed to be, but we all know this isn’t always the case. For this reason, I knew in my heart that legislating a nurse/patient ratio was probably an exercise in futility."
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782, WorkingNurse@WorkingWorld.com
http://www.workingworld.com/magazine/viewarticle.asp?articleno=254&wn=1

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Nursing: A Medical Emergency, and Opportunity, hits home by Ronald A. Reis and Karen F. Reis RN:"You’re an RN, and you’ve been at it, administering to the sick and wounded, for months, years, maybe even decades. You’ve got your hands full with 12-hour shifts, high turnover, an often less than supportive work environment, and a stressed-out health care system that is, in places, itself on life-support. What to do? How to keep going? How to make this job, career, meaningful again? How to get out of nursing what you went into it for? How to avoid adding to the national nursing shortage by short-circuiting your own involvement in a noble profession?"
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782, WorkingNurse@WorkingWorld.com
http://www.workingworld.com/magazine/viewarticle.asp?articleno=253&w

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Preparing for Battle: What YOU can do for YOU, Sicker patients, reduced staffing, longer hours, and increased responsibilities—by Deborah Lynne, RN, BSN:"As Registered Nurses, few of us think of the hospital we work in as a battlefield, or of ourselves as soldiers. But the truth is, there are more similarities than you might think. We show up for our shift each day, not knowing what challenges we might encounter. Our job requires us to be in the moment at all times, and to make split second decisions on the run. What we do or don’t do can mean the difference between life and death. We often work under extreme stress, yet must remain calm and in control. Although there are others who function in a supportive capacity, we are the ones on the frontline."
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782, WorkingNurse@WorkingWorld.com
http://www.workingworld.com/magazine/viewarticle.asp?articleno=255&wn=1

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