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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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."
Foundation of Nursing Studies:"Foundation of Nursing Studies a UK-based charity whose sole purpose is to help nurses, midwives and health visitors improve patient care by encouraging them to use the most up-to-date methods. It is widely agreed that practice should always be based on evidence and research, but some findings never reach the patients who will most benefit. Nurses need to be able to respond to developments in their field and change their practice quickly and easily."
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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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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." http://seniorhealth.about.com/cs/prevention/a/nurse_shortage.htm
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."
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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?"
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