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Why are hospitals making it very difficult for nurses to go from a skilled nursing facility to an acute care facility?

Thursday February 21, 2013
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Question:

Dear Donna,

Why are hospitals making it very difficult for nurses to go from a skilled nursing facility to an acute care facility?

SNF Nurse

Dear Donna replies:

Dear SNF Nurse,

It's a simple matter of supply and demand. There is an overabundance of nurses with current acute care hospital experience to fill the need. It's nothing personal, so don't take it that way.

More and more hospitals across the country are closing beds or closing altogether. This is because care is shifting out of the acute care setting into alternative care settings, such as skilled nursing facilities; rehab; sub-acute; long-term acute care, aka LTAC, facilities; the ambulatory care setting; the home; and the community.

Healthcare is completely reinventing itself and so must every nurse. Today's nurses, including new nurses, must look in new directions for employment and use new skills to find those jobs. To stay competitive, we have to ramp up our credentials, our social and emotional intelligence skills and our networking skills/efforts. What worked for us in the past will not work moving forward.

Related to the above paragraph, here's an article you may find helpful: “Give yourself a career makeover” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Makeover).

Best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.