I would like to add something to Linda Neeleyís letter, ďEnd nursing shortage with healthier livingĒ (Wednesday).
There are things she left out. To begin with, genetics play a role in a personís health. A person is born with the genes that determine what diseases that person can get. Still, I believe we can do things to live better and longer with the conditions we develop as our lives progress.
Iíve seen too many people who ate right and exercised seven days a week end up having to undergo triple bypass surgery. Iíve seen others who ate the wrong foods and didnít exercise regularly live long lives. Iíve also seen people develop lung cancer who have never smoked.
Also, dieticians keep telling people how to eat healthy. The problem is they donít tell us that it costs more money to eat healthy. I overheard a family discussing how the heart healthy diet their mother was going to have to follow would double their monthly food budget. While fresh fruits and vegetables may be better for people, they also cost up to twice as much. Also, people who receive food stamps and have to follow specific diets find their food stamps donít go as far because the foods they have to purchase cost more.
The best thing to do to end the nursing shortage is to make it easier for people to return to school to become nurses. The push for more education is going on right now. The problem is that just because you get an education, doesnít guarantee you a job. Where are the jobs?