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The Nursing Shortage: Michigan State, Short Staffing

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NEW RN & Hate it already, Ultimatenurse.com:"I need some advice. I am a new RN of only 4months. I work on a cardiac step down floor in a michigan hospital. I have always wanted to be a nurse, ever since I was in 2nd grade. I knew there was a staffing shortage and that it would be hardwork. However I never thought 4 months after achieving my dream and starting my career I would already hate it. SInce I have started my job 9 nurses, on my floor alone, have quit. We constantly work short staffed and nurses are always calling in. I should also mention I work midnights. I love being a nurse and I am very disappointed at the way i feel. I don't want to leave nursing or the health profession but I don't know what to do. Everyday I go to work I am nervous and constantly feel that my license is in jepordy."
http://www.ultimatenurse.com/forum/f12/new-rn-hate-already-16332/

Categories: Burnout, Nursing Burnout, Nursing Shortage

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January 6, 2005: Northern Michigan Hospital nurses to vote on union:"Nurses at Northern Michigan Hospital may soon vote for the third time in four years to decide if the Teamsters union will continue to represent them. Striking nurses gave the National Labor Relations Board a petition on Wednesday seeking a decertification vote on Teamsters Local 406, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported in a Thursday story."
http://www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw109644_20050106.htm

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Wed, Oct. 06, 2004: Michigan: Aging work force could worsen nursing shortage, survey shows:"The state's nursing work force is getting older, a trend that could worsen Michigan's shortage of nurses over the next 10 years, a new survey shows. A third of the state's 110,000 active nurses say they plan to retire within a decade, according a survey that was to be released Wednesday by the Michigan Center for Nursing. "We will have a significant shortage if we don't change things," said Anne Rosewarne, president of the Michigan Health Council, which conducted the survey. "But we have a great bell ringing right now saying we need to change things. We need to train more nurses."
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/business/9846319.htm?1c

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Wednesday, October 06, 2004, Michigan struggling to fill nursing ranks, study shows:"Michigan needs to grow its supply of nurses because the state's 143,604 licensed nurses are graying, and there's no untapped pool of nurses who can fill the gap as they retire, a survey released today concludes. The report by the Michigan Center for Nursing found that nurses are older, on average, than they were a decade ago. About one in every three say they plan to quit nursing in the next 10 years. What the survey didn't find is a large number of licensed nurses who aren't working and want to jump back into the workforce."
http://www.mlive.com/news/statewide/index.ssf?/base/news-5/1097057430228010.xml

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February 5, 2003: Michigan: NOCH to continue 'proactive' battle to recruit nurses:"The number of newly licensed registered nurses in Michigan has decreased each of the past five years, according to an MSU study, and the number of RNs licensed in the state fell from about 117,000 in 1999 to 111,500 in 2000. The same study indicated that the average age of nurses in the state is getting older: RNs under the age of 30 fell from 26 percent of the nursing workforce in 1980 to 9 percent two years ago. Beginning salary for RNs in Southwest Michigan is approximately $34,000 a year, according to the Web site for Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek. Salaries for beginning licensed practical nurses (LPNs) start between $26,000 and $29,000 a year."
http://www.grandhaventribune.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$rec=20926?news

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Jan. 23, 2003: Michigan: Cheboygan hospital hires striking Petoskey nurses:"A nursing shortage at one northern Michigan hospital has meant employment for some nurses who are on strike against another medical facility. Cheboygan Memorial Hospital temporarily hired about 15 nurses currently on strike from Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey, the Cheboygan Daily Tribune reported. The nurses were hired on contingency basis and opted to work in Cheboygan rather than walk the picket line, said Tamara Stevens, spokeswoman for Cheboygan Memorial Hospital."
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/business/5014995.htm

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January 11, 2003: Michigan: HEALTH CARE CONFLICT: Striking nurses stand strong, Petoskey RNs seek better wages, working conditions:"The nurses strike at Northern Michigan, one of northern Michigan's major employers, began on Nov. 13 when about 300 of the hospital's full- and part-time nurses walked off the job. Some have returned, although the two sides dispute how many. Management says half the nurses are now working; the union says only about 30 percent have crossed the line. The hospital, meanwhile, is filling in with out-of-state replacement nurses put up at local hotels. Nurses start at about $18 an hour and average $22 to $25 an hour."
http://www.freep.com/money/business/nurse11_20030111.htm

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December 09, 2002: Michigan: Striking nurses file 'unfair labor' charges against MMC:"Three weeks into a strike which has pitted striking registered nurses against hospital administrators at Northern Michigan Hospital (NMH) in Petoskey there have arose allegations the administration has conspired with Munson Medical Center to prevent striking NMH registered nurses from working at the Traverse City hospital. Sharon Norton, business agent for the Teamsters Local 406 from Traverse City, who is representing the striking registered nurses in Petoskey said unfair labor practice charges have been filed with the National Labor Relations Board against both NMH and Munson."
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=2030&dept_id=337742&newsid=6326716&PAG=461&rfi=9

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November 27, 2002: Michigan Attorney General to Investigate Scabs' Credentials:"On November 21, The State of Michigan's Department of the Attorney General requested a list of names of all replacement nurses at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey, Michigan. Members of the Petoskey community are concerned that they, or members of their families, might be receiving nursing care from staff that is not licensed."
http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/11-27-2002/0001849230&EDATE=

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Thursday, November 21, 2002: Michigan, Port Huron: College's health-career fair draws record numbers:"The four-hour job fair for prospective nurses and medical support staff attracted about 175 job seekers and 29 employers -- a record turnout, college officials said. The Port Huron college, which has had an annual fall health-career fair since the early 1990s, for the second year in a row opened the event to the public. A similar career day aimed at jobs outside the health-care field will be in April, officials said."
http://www.thetimesherald.com/news/stories/20021121/localnews/416862.html

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Sunday, November 17, 2002: Michigan: Hospitals shut lobbying group:"Some health systems could no longer afford the dues:"Hospitals in southeast Michigan -- in a move that symbolizes the financial ills facing the industry -- have decided to close the doors of their 20-year-old trade association by year-end. Some of the region's hospitals no longer wanted to pay for their membership to the Southeast Michigan Health & Hospital Council, a private advocacy organization that lobbied on issues such as the nursing shortage and low reimbursement levels."
http://www.detnews.com/2002/business/0211/17/d01-12237.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."
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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