“Impartial nursing had my number and the emotions I felt were absolutely disappointing. A deep chasm of disconnection preceded my interaction with patients and was followed by a mountain of self-doubt that contributed to the following questions: Are you really making a difference? Is this really what you wanted? Is it, in fact, breastfeeding? Do you remember that drug seeker who manipulated your role throughout the team? You know you just helped that addiction? There were so many questions and I was deeply perplexed by the quickly dispelled assumption that patients would readily appreciate and want the skills and knowledge offered by nursing.
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Some nurses call this their “lowest moment”.
The moment they realize they’ve finally reached their personal limit for all the stress, exhaustion, irritability and incredibly long hours; the frustration of overly demanding patients and unappreciative superiors; the lack of staff that forces them to stay when they can barely hang on; the incomparable compensation for the hours, skills and training required; constant back and leg pain; and the endless demands on their personal lives.
A January 2021 International Council of Nurses study found burnout rates in the nursing profession had risen to 70% from 40% before the pandemic.
New York has been particularly hard hit by a nationwide nursing shortage, as nurses drop out of the profession in large numbers.
It’s not just numbers on a chart.
They are the very people who care for us in times of need, the people who provide both medical care and comfort, the people who will calm our fears and talk to our loved ones and do the work that no one else will. when we are most vulnerable.
And if the medical profession and the state do nothing to address their concerns, there won’t be enough of these professionals when we need them.
That’s where state legislators can help, by passing legislation that brings more people into the profession and addresses issues of understaffing and inadequate compensation.
According to an article in City and State, state lawmakers are working on legislation that incentivizes individuals to pursue nursing careers, like loan forgiveness.
They also want to make it easier for the state to hire nurses from out of state without creating pay inequities that could force existing nurses receiving lower pay to quit.
Governor Kathy Hochul, in her state of the state message last month, offered a set of proposals to attract and retain healthcare professionals. The plan includes a multi-year investment of $10 billion in health care, including $4 billion for salaries and benefits. It also includes bonuses to encourage the retention of healthcare workers for a year and bonuses for those working short hours, increases in the cost of living, increased training capacity for medical facilities, more financial incentives to help ease the financial burdens of nurses such as gratuitous situations and allowances for loss of income. in schools. The plan also includes creating a “Nurses Across NY” program to encourage workers to work in underserved rural areas.
A key approach to reducing the shortage in New York is legislation for New York to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and the Nurse Licensure Compact, which would allow doctors and nurses to move to New York and use their existing license. to be able to practice in the state more quickly through telehealth or other means, according to the governor’s office.
To address concerns that out-of-state nurses working for nursing agencies would earn more money than local nurses with significantly more seniority – and thus create another reason for burnout nursing professional – say Sen. Elijah Reichlin-Melnick and Congresswoman Aileen Gunther (a former nurse) – are proposing legislation that would require people coming from out of state to get an appointment with an employer in New York, at the same rate of pay as a New York employee. Within two years, they should be certified in New York.
Other efforts to address the shortage include encouraging more people to get into teaching new nurses and providing resources to schools to expand faculty, reducing the fees nurses have to pay for training clinical and financial incentives to enable nurses to remain in the profession at retirement age. .
These changes will not solve all the problems that lead to burnout and nursing shortages. But they will help address the low pay, overwork and staff shortages that are driving many people out of the profession.
The effect of doing nothing will be even fewer nurses to care for us and our loved ones.
Without theirwho will we rely on when we need them most?
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