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Wednesday 18 May 2005: Great Britain: Biggest ever survey of overseas nurses working in London highlights that many are thinking of leaving the UK:"The NHS in London could face a staffing crisis in the future with more than four out of every 10 overseas nurses working in the capital admitting they are considering leaving the health service to take up posts in other countries. That is the key finding from the biggest ever survey of internationally recruited nurses working in the capital, which has been published today by the King's Fund and the Royal College of Nursing. A major concern of the survey is that two thirds of Filipino nurses working in London – one of the largest overseas nursing staff groups - are considering leaving the UK to work in the US."
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http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/news/news.cfm?contentID=299

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5 May 2005: Great Britain (UK) Royal College of Nursing — 'we'll fight over pensions':"The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has threatened action over pensions. Meeting for their annual congress last week, delegates voted by 96 percent for a motion that opposed government plans to raise the pension age from 60 to 65. The emergency motion stated, "Congress urges RCN council to impress upon the government that they will not rule out industrial action over pensions if all other measures fail."
http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/article.php4?article_id=6403

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4/18/05: Great Britain: Doctors sick of an unhealthy situation:"British doctors are pressing for an end to what they see as the wholesale poaching of medical and nursing staff in Africa and Asia. They say higher salaries and better working conditions in the West have stripped Aids-plagued countries of essential medical and nursing manpower. The result is an ever-widening gap in the quantity and quality of medicine between developed and developing countries."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/global/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=&targetRule=10&xml=/global/2005/04/18/helf1.xml

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16 April 2005: Great Britain: Prison nurse tells of fight to save Shipman:"Paramedics not called to attend to mass killer. A NURSE told a court of her frustration that prison bosses failed to call an ambulance after mass murderer Harold Shipman was found hanged in his cell at Wakefield Jail. Annette Loftus described how she spent more than half an hour trying to resuscitate the former GP. But when she asked prison officer David Cooper when the emergency services would arrive, he told her a duty doctor had been summoned instead."
http://www.leedstoday.net/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=39&ArticleID=1001419

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April 03, 2005: Great Britain: Ooh matron, this is a new breed of nurse:"NURSES are to try to rebrand their profession, updating the old Carry On film image of battleaxe or bimbo to emerge as modern professionals who are as likely to be giving injections as emptying bedpans. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has employed an award-winning documentary cameraman to produce a film, being released this week, which it hopes will alter the public perception of nursing."
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1552189,00.html

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Feb 25 2005: United Kingdom: Volunteering ended Harry's bar to nursing job:"A loyal and hard-working volunteer at a Birmingham hospital has been offered the chance of a full-time career in the NHS. Harbaksh Kaur, of Handsworth Wood, had previously trained as a nurse in India after studying at the University of Punjab. But when the 26-year-old came to Britain in 2003, she found her hard-earned qualifications would not help her get a job as a nurse in this country."
http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/post/tm_objectid=15230293&method=full&siteid=50002&headline=volunteering-ended-harry-s-bar-to-nursing-job-name_page.html

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February 18 2005: Great Britain: Foreign nurses are here to stay:"Maria Gonzales - who prefers to use a pseudonym - a nurse at Kingston hospital, in south London, thought her elderly patient wanted to buy something when she said: "I want to spend a penny." Maria, who speaks excellent American English, is not the only one who has never heard such expressions as "I am feeling a bit peaky." The shortage of nurses in Britain is serious."
http://www.greatreporter.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=349

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February 4th, 2003: United Kingdom: MAJOR CITY CAMPAIGN TO RECRUIT 500 MORE NURSING STAFF:" Dozens of potential recruits were signed up at an event which aimed to get nurses from all over the country to work in Leicester. Nursing managers need to recruit an estimated 500 more staff to Leicester's hospitals which have a vacancy rate of 12 per cent at any one time. Bosses say nursing recruitment is the biggest obstacle to providing extra beds in the hospitals. The beds shortage regularly pushes the hospitals to the edge of crisis, causing huge waits and cancelled operations."
http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=42629&command=displayContent&sourceNode=42628&contentPK=4004436

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Sunday February 2, 2003: United Kingdom: Special report: public services, Agencies drain NHS cash:"The Observer has learnt that the severe shortage of qualified nurses is leaving trusts with no option but to go to expensive agencies for temporary staff, despite government attempts to curb the agencies' power. The NHS bill for the army of private recruits is likely to exceed £600 million this year, blowing a large hole in the extra cash provided by Gordon Brown for modernisation and reform."
http://politics.guardian.co.uk/publicservices/story/0,11032,887384,00.html

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Jan 23 2003: United Kingdom: Beds backlog crisis:"A MAN with a suspected brain haemorrhage, spent 21 hours on a trolley waiting for treatment in casualty. Frank Vaccarazzi's marathon wait at Fazakerley hospital's accident and emergency unit only ended after a further 60 minutes when a scan was taken which confirmed his illness. Another patient Mary Horrow, 53, from Bootle, who had an irregular heart beat, was forced to wait 28 hours on a chair in A&E before she was eventually given a bed. None of the families of the patients, or the patients themselves, blamed the nursing staff."
http://icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0100regionalnews/page.cfm?objectid=12562060&method=full&siteid=50061

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Tuesday, 24 December, 2002: United Kingdom: Australia tempts UK nurses:"Australia is launching a campaign to attract more British nurses to the Outback. Health authorities in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia are facing another seasonal shortage of staff. They are hoping a new package of incentives will tempt staff from the UK to take up the challenge of nursing in remote regions, combining a working holiday with guaranteed employment. The nursing shortage here in the Northern Territory is at its worse during the wet season."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2601427.stm

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December 19, 2002: United Kingdom: Homes hope for hospital workers:"Houses on a country estate could be made available to health workers as one solution to the acute staffing crisis that has forced tomorrow's closure of Wells Cottage Hospital. On the eve of the hospital's temporary closure, the Countess of Leicester, of Holkham Hall, revealed yesterday that some of the estate's 300 properties could be made available to key nursing staff who may be recruited to work at the hospital for its proposed reopening in March. Meanwhile, retired nurses living in the area are being urged to consider going back to work to help overcome the problems faced by the 12-bed hospital and minor injuries unit."
http://pacific.bizjournals.com/pacific/stories/2002/12/16/story3.html

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December 17, 2002: United Kingdom: NH nurses rally to aid of infant:"Becca Rose Wenzel is still in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, but hopefully not for much longer. What's keeping Becca Rose in the hospital is the nursing shortage. The tracheostomy required after three months on a respirator, means the baby, who was born almost three months prematurely, needs round-the-clock monitoring and skilled nursing care. Her parents, Christine and Paul Wenzel, despaired of bringing Becca Rose home soon. She could have been released Dec. 3, but the Interim Health Care Agency couldn't find nurses for home care. But after a Dec. 11 story in The Union Leader about the family's problem, the health care agency received enough responses that Becca Rose may be able to greet the new year in her family's Barnstead home.
http://www.theunionleader.com/articles_show.html?article=16623

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December 16, 2002: United Kingdom: Army medics called to ease NHS backlog:"Army medical staff have assisted in more than 150 civilian operations in Northern Ireland to help reduce hospital waiting lists, it has emerged. Military anaesthetists and nurses have helped orthopaedic surgeons carry out 160 NHS fracture operations in the military wing of Belfast's Musgrave Park Hospital. A dramatic drop in the number of military casualties freed up theatre space to deal with the province's 60,000-plus patients on hospital waiting lists, the highest in any UK region. A spokesman for Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital confirmed all the nursing and medical staff involved in the 160 operations - apart from the surgeon - was supplied by the army. http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_728974.html

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December 5, 2002: United Kingdom: Nursing shortage might not exist:"Evidence from the United States, Canada, and Germany has found that nurses spend time performing functions not related to their professional skills, such as cleaning rooms or moving food trays. Nurses also reported more pressure to take up management responsibility, taking them away from the direct care of patients. This means that, although a shortage of professional nursing may exist, a shortage of nurses might not. Nurses spend much of their time doing things that should be delegated to others and not enough of their time doing what they are educated to do. This is inefficient and demoralising and accounts for at least some of the widespread job dissatisfaction in the profession, says the author."
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2002-12/bmj-nsm120402.php

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Friday, 6 December, 2002: United Kingdom: Nurses 'as good as trainee doctors':"Nurses are as good as trainee doctors when it comes to deciding whether patients should undergo surgery, a study suggests. Researchers at the University of Southampton also found that suitably trained nurses were less likely to order unnecessary tests. They said nurses should be given a greater role in assessing patients prior to operations."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2546375.stm

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Dec 6 2002: United Kingdom, Wales: Red tape blamed for nurse shortages:"THE chronic shortage of nurses in Wales was last night blamed on the over-burdening mountain of red tape. And the nation spends £15m a year - the cost of a community hospital - on agency nurses to fill in for professionals. As the National Assembly launched a high-profile recruitment strategy yesterday to attract an extra 6,000 nurses by 2010, a professor claimed there were enough nurses but they spent too much time filling out forms. The claim comes as some hospital managers admit that the cost of hiring temporary nursing staff is "crippling" them."
http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0600uk/page.cfm?objectid=12430692&method=full&siteid=50082

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December 4, 2002: United Kingdom: MP shocked by cost of agency nurses:"Government health officials have been taken to task over the staggering cost of agency nurses at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Last month an Evening News investigation revealed the Colney hospital spent more than £1m hiring agency nurses to plug gaps caused by staff shortages last year. Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk, yesterday told Health Secretary Alan Milburn his NHS Professionals project to provide an affordable bank of nurses had failed."
http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/content/News/story.asp?datetime=04+Dec+2002+12%3A02&tbrand=ENOnline&tCategory=NEWS&category=News&brand=ENOnline&itemid=NOED04+Dec+2002+12%3A03%3A27%3A600

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November 26, 2002: United Kingdom: News Analysis: Why foreign nurses hold the nation's health in their hands:"They are of all colours, all backgrounds and from all points of the globe. Some come for love, some for money, some for a better life but they are all here for one purpose – to keep our hospitals, surgeries and care homes going. They are the overseas nurses on whom the National Health Service now depends and, though they might not realise it, they hold the future of the Labour Government and the Prime Minister in their hands. Tony Blair has staked his political future on the survival of the NHS. He has invested huge sums to maintain and improve it, sums so large that they are close to the limit of what can be spent. His biggest problem in keeping promises to cut waiting lists, increase the number of patients treated and improve the quality of care is not, any longer, money. It is people."
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/health/story.jsp?story=355917

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November 22, 2002: United Kingdom: HOSPITAL FACING CRISIS, SAY UNIONS"HEALTH unions claim Hexham General Hospital is facing a staffing crisis, just months before the move to its new site. Many nursing staff left or retired following a controversial reshuffle at Hexham last year. Now, Northumbria Health Care Trust has drafted in five Filipino nurses to work at Hexham ­ part of a 30-strong intake which will be deployed throughout the trust's area."
http://www.hexham-courant.co.uk/helper_fullstory.asp?sid=11186

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November 18, 2002: United Kingdom, Scotland: NHS 24 provides health care direct:"MORE than a million potential patients across the west of Scotland have been given access to the UK's largest NHS direct telephone service. The NHS 24 scheme, manned by qualified nurses, who will be on hand to give out advice, direct patients to doctors' surgeries, handle emergency out-of-hours GP calls and assess patients who may require urgent hospital treatment."
http://www.news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=1286072002

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November 18, 2002: United Kingdom: IRAQ: THE MARCH TO WAR: ARMY'S MISSING NURSES:"THE British Army is short of a third of the number of nurses it needs - which could spell disaster if the war with Iraq goes ahead. New figures show the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps has been severely hit by a recruitment crisis, leaving it without 38 per cent of staff - around 800 nurses."
http://www.sundaymirror.co.uk/homepage/news/page.cfm?objectid=12399210&method=sm_full&siteid=81959

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November 16, 2002: Scotland: SCOTS NURSES LURED TO US BY £ 50000 A YEAR OFFERS:"SCOTS nurses are being lured to work in America with offers of salaries of up to £50,000 a year. A recruitment agency is in Scotland to poach nurses to fill posts in New York hospitals. They are being tempted by salaries of between £28,000 to £50,000 compared to the average NHS wage for an experienced nurse of £19,000."
http://www.sundaymail.co.uk/news/page.cfm?objectid=12369303&method=full&siteid=86024

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November 16, 2002: United Kingdom: CARE HOME SCANDAL: INSPECTORS FOUND CATALOGUE OF FAULTS:"George Fairlie, 74, was rushed to hospital suffering from malnutrition after losing two stone in 10 days. The Sunday Mail can reveal that Alexandra Care Home in Paisley is so understaffed nurses cannot provide basic care for their 80 patients. Relatives will be horrified by the catalogue of faults uncovered during an inspection of the home, run by Four Seasons Health Care."
http://www.sundaymail.co.uk/news/page.cfm?objectid=12369413&method=full&siteid=86024

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Thursday, 31 October, 2002: Great Britain: Half of nurses 'consider quitting:"Half of all nurses have seriously considered leaving their jobs because of poor pay, a survey suggests. The findings published by the trade union Unison also reveal that one in four nurses has a second job to help them make ends meet."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2375725.stm

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Wednesday, 9 October, 2002: England: Nurses demand 'substantial' pay rise:"The starting salary of nurses is £16,005. Nurses have demanded a "substantial" pay rise and for starting salaries to be brought into line with those of police and teachers. A newly-qualified nurse is paid £16,005 a year - some 10% less than teachers and 14% less than police officers."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2308735.stm

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Friday, 6 September, 2002: Great Britain: Trainee nurses snubbing NHS:"There is a major shortage of nurses in the NHS. Thousands of nursing students decide every year against working as nurses as soon as they finish their training, a study reveals. Researchers at The King's Fund believe as many as one in three newly-qualified nurses fails to register to practise."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2238892.stm

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Monday 22nd July 2002: Great Britain: New medical staff 'may face HIV tests:"New nurses and doctors may be subject to HIV tests amid fears that more than 700 infected nursing staff were recruited to Britain last year. There are fears that HIV-positive nurses may have been recruited from African countries, where the disease has reached epidemic proportions."
http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_633800.html?menu=

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Thursday, 18 July, 2002: UK NHS nurses tempted by foreign riches:"US nursing companies are stepping up efforts to attract disenchanted UK recruits - offering some the chance to double their salary. The drive could weaken government efforts to increase nurse numbers."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2135536.stm

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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2002: Great Britain: Warning to nursing home pill crushers:"Staff in nursing homes are said to regularly crush pills for residents with potentially harmful consequences. A survey of 540 nurses found more than 80% say their home crush or open medication at least once a week. Health professionals are concerned as many drugs are specifically designed with a coating effecting the way it is absorbed into the body."
http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_620693.html?menu=

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Thursday, 7 March, 2002: Great Britain: Overseas nurses face language test:"Nurses coming to work in the UK from overseas must pass a compulsory language test, the body overseeing the profession has said. The ruling, by the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting (UKCC, applies to all nurses trained outside the European Union."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/1859500.stm

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12 December 2001: Great Britain, More NHS Nurses and more NHS beds:"The number of nurses and midwives working in the NHS has increased by more than 10,000 in the last year alone. This means that since 1997 there has been a gain of 27,000 nurses and midwives. The NHS Plan set out a targeted increase in NHS nurses of 20,000 between 1999 and 2004. This means there has already been an increase of 16,000. The number of beds in NHS hospitals also continues to rise after decades of reductions. A snapshot survey of NHS beds carried out in November shows the number of general and acute beds in NHS hospitals rose by 1,225 compared to the same point in the previous year."
http://www.number-10.gov.uk/news.asp?NewsId=3267&SectionId=30

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December 6, 2001: Great Britain: Stuff socialism, nurses need a market wage:"The reason they "fail" is because patients can't gain admission. Patients can't gain admission because there aren't any "beds", which is a ridiculous locution. There are plenty of beds, with pillows, sheets, etc. There just aren't enough nurses to make those beds and keep those wards open. The trouble with such hospitals, say the managers, is "nurses, nurses, nurses". The Radcliffe has a new contingent of Filipinos on the way, another 200 or so; and yet it is still 280 nurses short. At any given time, it is about 10 per cent down on its requisite complement of 3,000, because it is so difficult to recruit nurses in Oxfordshire, and so difficult to retain them.

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Wednesday, 5 September, 2001: United Kingdom: 'My battle to find nurses':"The NHS's spends £810m on temporary nurses every year, says the Audit Commission, often because there are no regular staff available. The commission said this is a waste of NHS money. BBC News Online talked to Karen Parsley, director of nursing at Brighton Health Care Trust, to find out how she struggles day by day to find professional staff to look after patients."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1527176.stm

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June 26 2001: England, Newcastle:Scared nurses in the region they could become victims of stalkers if moves go ahead to make their home addresses public.:"Draft proposals mean the name and address of any nurse on the professional register could be made available to anybody who wants them. But nurses in the region say that would leave them open to attackers and stalkers and are fighting the move. Surveys show that nursing is already one of the most dangerous professions there is, with dozens of nurses being attacked each year."
http://icnewcastle.ic24.com/0100news/page.cfm?objectid=11116324&method=full

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Monday, 25 June, 2001: England (Great Britain) Nurses fear 'stalkers charter':"Nurses are worried about their personal safety. Proposals to publish a register which currently contains the home addresses of nurses are being described as "a charter for stalkers". New government legislation as it stands could mean anyone who asks the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for a copy of its register of staff will be entitled to one. The list contains the private details of 632,000 health staff around the UK."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/newsid_1406000/1406816.stm

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Thursday 21st December 2000: Great Britain: Overseas nursing recruitment 'putting strain on third world:"Britain has been accused by a UN body of contributing to a global nursing crisis by helping to create a "skills drain" in the third world. Low pay, poor working conditions and uncertain career prospects were to blame for driving away nurses and midwives, the World Health Organisation said in a report released in Geneva."
http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_151857.html

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Tuesday, December 29, 1998: Great Britain: Why an NHS nurse is hard to find:"The revelation that NHS spending on agency nurses has doubled in six years comes as no surprise to the bodies that represent the profession. The NHS is suffering what the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) calls "the worst recruitment crisis in 25 years". It estimates the NHS is short of 8,000 staff nurses."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/244234.stm

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Health: Nurse Shortages 'Pose A Risk To Patients', BBC News, 10/20/98:"Thousands more nurses are needed. Nurses believe a serious staff shortage in their profession is compromising the quality of care and putting patients at risk. The Royal College of Nursing claims it has evidence that the manpower crisis - there are currently 8,000 nursing vacancies in the UK - has reduced standards across the country."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_196000/196776.stm

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Nursing Fails To Attract New Recruits, BBC News August 11, 1998:"Fewer people than ever are registering to become nurses, according to new figures which emphasise the depth of the recruitment crisis in the profession. The worrying statistic comes just a week after it was revealed that the number of trainee nurses in England has declined by more than 8,000 over the past four years to 45,500."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_149000/149328.stm

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Dobson Puts Emphasis On New Staff, BBC News July 18, 1998:The National Health Service (NHS) is to hire another 22,000 doctors and nurses with extra cash allocated by the government . The Health Secretary Frank Dobson told the commons the money would also allow the service to treat a further three million patients over the next three years.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_133000/133970.stm

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Telephone: (312) 787-6555. info@ncsbn.org
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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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