As A Nurse In War Time

  1. So far I have not seen this topic specific to how it will affect the every day nurse. One of the agencies I schedule with advised me that 40% of the regular staff are reservists. I am sure, if some of them are called, this will affect me dramatically in needs for availability etc.

    So how do you feel it will affect the every day nurse out there, not going "to" war but maintaining the Health Care for their local area?

    Forgive me if this has been covered. If so, could you please dirct me to a link?

  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   wv_nurse 2003
    I don't recall seeing it covered--but I will readily admit to being a "thread-hopper", I read the threads I find interesting at the moment, some days humorous--some days serious.

    It's an interesting question you've raised. Historically in times of crisis men and women both have come forward to "step up to the plate"-- perhaps some of those nurses who have chosen not to practice may step forward. I don't know.
  4. by   semstr
    We have to be on standby for the next few weeks, that is, all RN's who work or worked OR, CRNA and ER.
    Plus our hospitals (not the private ones) are very busy, getting enough meds, antidotes etc.
    We are expecting refugees and wounded soldiers, and civilians of course, from the Middle-East.
  5. by   llg
    I live in an area with a very large military population. We have been effected by the Iraq situation for a long time now. Husbands, wives, children, etc. have been deployed overseas and the families here at home are under increased stress. Some nurses work less when their husbands are deployed, so a large and long deployment makes our shortage worse.

    We also have a lot of reservists in the area, some of whom work for our hospital -- and who are not here now, but with their reserve units.

    The local military hospital has less staff because so many are deployed. That means they have shifted a few (but not yet many) patients to us. We've had a VERY busy winter. If they start receiving casualties, it will be up to the civilian hospitals to handle the needs of the local military families who would normally use the military facilities.

    Of course, the local economy also suffers with such a large deployment as the troops are not here to spend their money on normal things such as food, gasoline, entertainment, etc.

    The list goes on and on ...

    Ooooo ... and how could I forget. I work at a children's hospital. So, we have added programs and public information sources to help families cope with their children's fears.

  6. by   eltrip
    A significant portion of our nursing/radiology/medical staff are reservists. I've considered that I might need to do my part & try to work in a patient-care area...but leave this job? Gee, I'd have to be either crazy or paid a LOT more than what they're offering.