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September 19, 2005: Illinois: Area nursing shortage keeps getting worse:"Chicago area hospitals are warning there's no end in sight to a six-year nursing shortage that could endanger patient care. "Imagine calling for a nurse and having no one respond because the staff is busy with other patients," the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council warns in a stark new report. The report noted that studies have documented that inadequate staffing can increase the risk of medical errors."
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-nurse19.html

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Tuesday, January 21, 2003: Indiana: Cook County nurses cast vote on possible strike:"As many as 1,800 Cook County nurses are one step closer to striking if contract negotiations break down, a union official said Tuesday. The results of votes tallied from several county-operated hospitals may be announced as early as today, said Dave Hibben, director of labor relations for the Illinois Nurses Association. Union leaders are confident the votes will favor a walkout if negotiations break down, he added. "This is a step that we did not want to take, but we feel that we were forced into this position," Hibben said."
http://www.thetimesonline.com/articles/2003/01/22/news/local_illinois/d77878eb4bcd997586256cb60009670f.txt

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December 28,2002: Illinois: Salary factors into nurses teaching nurses Some practitioners can’t afford the drop in pay, but others say educating students is worth it.:"Julie Callison knows she’ll take a pay cut, but she wants to help a new generation of nurses learn the job. Callison works as a registered nurse at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. She’s finishing her bachelor’s degree in nursing and plans to pursue a master’s degree. Such highly trained nurses earn an average of $24,000 more in practice than they do teaching. But they’re becoming increasingly vital in the classroom because a nursing shortage pressures nursing schools to graduate more students."
http://www.rrstar.com/business/healthcare/20021228-25503.shtml

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Monday, November 25, 2002: Illinois: Sauk Valley: Ambulance firm nears two decades of service:"Last year Advance EMS started specialty care transport, which enables a paramedic to administer nitroglycerin, heprain and other emergency cardiac care drugs to patients while on the way to a hospital. "It's an answer to the nursing shortage many of the hospitals have been having," Rogers said. Many times Advance EMS would have to pull a nurse away from KSB to go along for the ride and administer the drugs."
http://www.saukvalley.com/300016224509386.bsp

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November 18, 2002: Illinois: Fill the gender gap, Need for male nurses on the rise:"It's tough to be one of the few guys in the program, but I think that in the future there's going to be better opportunity for male nurses because there are so few," Kerr said. Ray Grass, a registered nurse at Rochelle Community Hospital, said that for him, there have been both benefits and drawbacks to being a male nurse."
http://www.star.niu.edu/campus/articles/111802-nurses.asp

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November 14, 2002: Illinois: CNA shortages continue at nursing home:"Even with a sluggish economy, people are still not willing to take low-paying jobs that mean hard work. Officials believe that's what is causing a shortage of certified nurses assistants at the La Salle County Nursing Home. At the Nursing Home Committee meeting Wednesday, Nursing Home Administrator Elizabeth Ramsey told committee members that staffing is still an ongoing problem."
http://www.ottawadailytimes.com/news/story.php?storyid=8150

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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."
National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.
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."
http://seniorhealth.about.com/cs/prevention/a/nurse_shortage.htm

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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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