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NEWS | Nursing Ask The Nursing Expert Experts: New nurses facing a Anne Marie Barnett, RN Former President, Maryland NADONA/LTC temporary slowdown in jobs By James M. Berklan the most experienced nurses I am a new director of nursing in Underlying problems with is expected to retire, creating a facility and do not feel very wel- the economy have put nurs- openings that current long-term ing careers on hold for many care nurses may swarm to. Huge Photo: iStockphoto comed by my licensed staff. Their previous DON recently retired. How new graduates, but those prob- shortages overall should occur, can I make the transition smoother? lems should be only temporary, said Kathleen Ann Long, dean experts say. And, at least for of the University of Florida Col- It is always hard to ﬁll the shoes of a now, the economy might actu- Nurse education experts say lege of Nursing. colleague who was admired by her ally be creating a bit of an extra more younger nurses are taking “I would describe this as a jobs in nursing homes because team. Perhaps they are still grieving her surge toward the long-term better-paying hospital jobs aren’t temporary blip in a very long- absence. I would suggest that you meet care ﬁeld, as graduates often available—for now. term trend that indicates a with all three shifts and speak openly have to settle for jobs outside severe shortage of nurses in about how difﬁcult it must be having hospitals, their most frequent in a recent USA Today report. this country,” she said. lost a leader that they have worked with ﬁrst choice. Her group recently issued an A 2009 Vanderbilt Univer- and admired for such a long time. Nursing homes, home health advisory saying the market is sity study forecast that the U.S. Let them talk about some of the and other non-acute care set- “flooded” with veteran reg- will face a shortage of at least many reasons why they enjoyed work- tings are more often the des- istered nurses who have pro- 260,000 nurses in 15 years. ing with her. They probably really just tinations of recent grads than longed careers or come out of That prediction was made want you to know how difﬁcult a time before, said the president of retirement. before this year’s health reform that this is for them. the National Student Nurses’ When the economy im- law passed, which is expected As an aside, you might learn quite Association, Carylin Holsey, proves, however, a wave of to increase nurse needs. ■ a bit about their values and what they ANA chief to focus on prevention, access hold as important. Information like this is always helpful to a manager, espe- cially one in a new setting. As you acknowledge their feelings, By James M. Berklan reform legislation creates some while outlining plans. introduce to them the goals that you The new president of the of the opportuniti
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