Tina From Good Nurse Bad Nurse

Why Isn’t Nursing In STEM?

In this episode, we would like to introduce the host of The Good Nurse, Bad Nurse Podcast, a podcast that uses storytelling and conversation to encourage and unite nurses and other medical professionals. Tina Vinsant is a CVICU nurse that has turned to travel nursing. She is currently pursuing her MSN with Emphasis on care coordination. 

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  1. The nursing degree not being considered “STEM” in academic institutions by the Federal Government.

“STEM” is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

The term STEM, describes education policy, teaching and learning strategies, and curriculum choices from pre-school to post-doctorate that drive a pedagogy of an integrated curriculum. This approach is intended to foster innovation and promote competitiveness in science and technology. Being designated as a STEM discipline has implications for workforce development, funding, and immigration policy.

Defining nursing as a STEM discipline is important if it determines the validation of our profession as a scientific discipline, attracts the brightest and best students, and ensures the flow of resources to advance the role of nurses in policy, practice, education, and research.

Research shows that Nursing should be included in the STEM curriculum https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31800109/

https://mentornet.org/service/stem_fields.html

https://www.excelsior.edu/article/nursing-as-a-stem-field/ 

Why is nursing still not considered STEM?

  1. Nurses are being treated like professionals rather than hourly labor.

Hourly Pros

Hourly employees can significantly increase their weekly pay by lobbying for extra hours. Employers naturally wish to give additional hours to staffers that want them. Furthermore, some hourly employees have the fortune of working for companies that will pay them double-time.

Hourly Cons

On the downside, some companies keep costs down by disallowing hourly employees from working overtime. Hourly employees can sometimes fall short of their traditional 40-hour work weeks if the medical centers are slow and they are sent home early or even called off. This means that although these workers receive a steady paycheck at each hour in which they worked, it’s also possible for them to come up on the wrong side with hours necessary to live comfortably as most salaried professionals do because there aren’t any set limits on how many hours one may put in per week or month like what you would find among other types of employment agreements such as pensions and benefits packages–these things just don’t exist when an employee is paid only based off time spent rather than actual wages earned.

Salary Pros

Salaried employees have many benefits that make them a better option than hourly workers. Salaried workers often enjoy greater security in their paychecks, higher overall income because of the steady paycheck and they are able to pull in more money when given bonuses or vacations time; all of which is unavailable for an hourly worker.

Salary Cons

Salaried employees will not receive overtime pay, so this is why many people are wary about taking salaried positions because there may always be that pressure from bosses to put forth all effort without receiving a paycheck bump in addition to higher wages for anything over 40 hours worked per week

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on average American workers receive 10 days of paid time off per year, after they’ve completed one year of service. 

https://www.zenefits.com/workest/check-out-the-average-vacation-days-by-industry/#:~:text=According%20to%20the%20Bureau%20of,10%20is%20the%20national%20average

The survey reports that salary employees receive an average of 12 days of vacation after one year of service.

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/how-much-vacation-time-and-pay-do-employees-get-2064018 

  1. Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants – Scope of practice…scope creep. Name change for PAs from Physician Assistant to Physician Associate. Using the term ‘mid-level when referring to NPs and PAs).

Show Notes:

0:04 | A quick word for American Nurse Association

0:55 | Introduction with the hosts/affiliates/updates

14:25 | The nursing degree not being considered “STEM” in academic institutions by the Federal Government.

23:16| Nurses being treated like professionals rather than hourly labor.

24:09 |Hourly Pros

30:36 |Salary Pros / Salary Cons

40:57 | Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

51:28 | Concluding Statement and Thoughts

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