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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 1, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Altona mirror © Copyright 2001 SUNDAY, APRIL I, 2001 $1.50 newsstand IN LIFE ► U2 brings Elevation Tour to Pittsburgh IN BUSINESS ^ Investors feel pinch during tax time The Associated Press President Bush holds up his trademark three fingers in answer to how far he ran — three miles — after returning to the White House last week. He takes the time to smell rose Bush ■ President could set trend with less-is-more attitude toward work. By John D. Solomon New York Times News Service The workday of President Bush is so short that even his employees tease him about it. At the Gridiron Club Dinner, an evening of irreverent skits and songs in Washington last weekend, Attorney General John Ashcroft joked that his boss was committed to working “24/7 — 24 hours a week, 7 months a year.” In some respects, Bush’s workday is hardly short. He arrives at his desk around 7:15 a.m. and is out the Oval Office door by 6 p.m. But his daily calendar usually includes breaks for exercise and other personal time. He rarely works weekends, often skipping out early on Fridays. He has instructed the White House staff to avoid long hours. He has pointedly encouraged staff members to have lives outside the office. Not only is Bush unabashed about his unconventional work routine (“I am going to answer some questions,” he told reporters recently, “and then I’m going to head home and take a nap ”), he also says he believes that a shorter, more efficient day at the office is a sound management practice. The less-is-more approach, however, is not accepted in the executive suites of most American companies. It also conflicts with the current 24/7 American work mentality (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) seemingly embodied by Bush’s predecessor, Bill Clinton, whose White House was open for business around the clock. That full-tilt ethic also has been viewed as part of American industry’s successful response to new competition, globalization and technology. With studies showing that Americans now spend more time at work than the famously industrious Japanese and that one-third of American adults get less than six and a half hours of sleep per night, Bush’s shorter day at the office may be Please see Bush/Page A4 ~~  ^IflilHi HZ Mirror photos by Kelly Bennett Above: Altoona Hospital registered nurse Carol Mcllhenny cares for an infant in the maternity unit of the hospital. At right: Altoona Hospital registered nurse Terri Stein works at the nurses’ station in the hospital’s maternity unit. They’re not coming in; they’re not staying in; and while they’re here, they’re not happy. Dr. Georges C. Benjamin 55 By Michael Emery Staff Writer Employment ads hint at the problem. Altoona, Bon Secours-Holy Family, Tyrone, UPMC-Bedford Memorial, Nason and Brookville hospitals — even the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Va. — all placing advertisements in the Mirror for nurses. All are hiring immediately. Some offer sign-on bonuses. Others offer college tuition reimbursements. Some offer both. And still others offer more incentives in their dire searches to fill their nursing staffs. Reading between the lines, it’s obvious that the nursing shortage that has plagued a growing number of regions throughout the nation in recent years has hit central Pennsylvania. “Like all the area hospitals, we have vacancies to fill, and the demand for nurses has been escalating over the last year," said Judy Boerger, senior vice president of nursing at Altoona Hospital. “We have vacancies, as I’m sure everyone does, and there are several reasons for that,” said Anna Marie Gramling, vice president of patient services at UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital. “For starters, there are so many fields open for nurses today that have not been available in the past. That has attracted some nurses away from some traditional nursing fields,” she said. “Part of the problem is also that not as many young people are entering the nursing profession. If you look at nursing schools nationwide, there has been a steady drop in enrollment in recent years.” Lack of supply In fact, bachelor’s degrees issued by U.S. nursing schools have been declining for five consecutive years, including a drop of 4.67 percent last year. Locally, the nursing school at St. Francis University ended a steady seven-year decline in enrollment in the 2000-01 school year, while the nursing school at Mount Aloysius College hit its enrollment low in 1997-98 before nearly doubling its enrollment over the past two school years. “Part of the recent enrollment problem at nursing schools across the nation is due to the robust economy of the late 1990s, which produced an abundance of high-paying, highly prestigious jobs in high-tech,” Altoona Hospital spokesman Rick Reeves said. Please see Nurses/Page A3 Lutheran leader speaks in Altoona By Linda Hudkins For The Mirror It’s no secret that Americans are generous to causes like relocating refugees from wars in distant places such as Kosovo or Bosnia. But Lutherans from the seven-county Allegheny Synod were asked Saturday to consider, “What do we do for refugees from poverty?” The Rev. H. George Anderson, presiding bishop of the Chicago-based Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, spent Saturday at the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center, where he talked about two “colossal” problems. One of them, he said, is the growing gap between the rich and the poor. “We have become fearful of our fellow human beings because we think they may take from us what we need for ourselves,” Anderson told a gathering of about 300 Lutheran leaders. Even many programs designed to help the homeless have built-in protections to keep the impoverished from knowing the identities of their benefactors, he said. There’s a perception that people become poor “because they’re lazy,” Anderson said. But all too often, people — particularly farmers — work hard but sink into debt, he said. “What’s happening in rural America has been happening in urban America for years,” he said. Please see Leader/Page A7 RRST PITCH COMING THURSDAY: Inside Pitch, the 2001 guide to the Altoona Curve Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett The Pittsburgh skyline rises above the outfield of PNC Park as the Pirates played their first game in the new facility — an exhibition contest against the New York Mets. Please see story, Page Cl. COMING MONDAY: Baseball cards are more for collectors than kids these days DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Ll. Ill jJ BIG FOUR 4    17    9 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Cloudy, chance of rain, 43° ■ Forecast, A2 i FIORE FURNITURE'S 62“* ANNIVERSARY UMI JMEUNffED IM MV MSfOffr MAK/* BAHAM! 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