Nurse Betty BScN (cand): Nurse shortage

Nurse Betty BScN (cand)

I am a 36 year old mother of 2. I entered university in 2005 for the BScN program but had no idea what a roller coaster ride it would be. My other interests are boating, cottaging, gardening, sitting, doing nothing, vegging and of course hard core belly button contemplating.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Nurse shortage

Okay, so here is my political side coming out but you will have to excuse the lack of knowledge as well. There has been so much in the news about the nursing shortages, that by the year 2008 so many will be retiring, that recruitment is down etc. What is being done about it? I read today that some hospitals have implemented programs that will retain nurses that are approaching retirement longer, and newcomers will have a 3 month mentorship program to ease them into the profession. But what about just plain old cash, why isn't that ever something that is thrown around? They increased physician's salaries, why not nurses? How about if I graduate from school the government gives me a big huge tax rebate to help pay for my tuition? My husband tried to write off my tuition this year and it was a joke, he ended up with pittance added to his income taxes. What about books? Why doesn't the government remove all sales taxes on medical books? If they want to recruit more people then make it easier, not academically easier, but financially. It burns my butt that the interior design student or the fashion design student applying for student loans and burseries are put into the same pool as a nursing student. I mean really, sure their desire to become a fashion designer is just as great as mine, but hello, there are no shortages of fashion designers, and I can live without a person holding a degree in Interior Decorating, but can I live without a nurse if I am in the hospital?
Oh and by the way I live in Canada so if anything sounds odd. How does the government reward nurses where you are from?
Thanks for reading,
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P.s. I must apologize if I offend any interior design or fashion design students, it was not my intention to offend anyone or demean their contributions to society. I worked for 15 years in the art industry and know the importance of pretty things and the challenge to produce them. I am merely making an observation...nevermind or I will have to apologize again ; )

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