NRS 440 WK1 DQ1
What is the impact to the nursing profession and to the public related to the projected nursing shortage? Discuss at least one way that the nursing profession is working toward s the resolution of this problem
As national and world population increases, the number of people needing medical care also increases, thus the need for nurses to carter for this marginal increase becomes eminent.
The shortage of nurses leads to increase workload to the existing workforce. It also leads to increased fatigue, errors and high temperament.
When nurses are not adequate in a particular health care center, there will be a disparity in the ratio of nurse to patient leading to overcrowding.
A robust nursing workforce is needed for a hospital to effectively respond to a public health emergency such as a terrorist attack, infectious disease epidemic, or natural disaster. The shortage of nurses looming in the long run presents a challenge to public health preparedness.
One strategy the nursing profession is pushing towards resolving the shortage of nurses is by involving the federal government to fund some capital intensive nursing educational programs.
In order to address the looming shortage of nurses, keep pace with demand, and maintain emergency preparedness, it is estimated that nursing schools need to graduate more nurses each year. However, insufficient nursing faculty, inadequate financial resources, and insufficient clinical education sites mean that schools today cannot produce this number of nurses. Hospitals will need the support of a federally funded, comprehensive nursing program. This program will have to emphasize long-term investments in the country’s nursing profession through expanding nursing faculty and schools, boosting incentives for the nursing profession and nursing education, and increasing incentives to hospitals with favorable nursing practice environments.
Internet Citation: Nursing shortage may have adverse impact on public health emergency preparedness: Research Activities, April 2011, No. 368. April 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. Retrieved from https://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsletters/research-activities/apr11/0411RA14.html