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Experiencing the Effects of the Nursing Shortage? You Aren’t Alone

Experiencing the Effects of the Nursing Shortage? You Aren’t Alone

Between radical advances in healthcare and ongoing improvement in quality of life, Americans today are living longer than ever before. While our lives are getting longer, they aren’t necessarily healthier. Today, 6 of every 10 Americans suffer from at least one chronic health condition including high cholesterol, allergies, diabetes, hypertension and other diseases. Nursing has always been an in-demand occupation, but now the need for nurses is more acute than ever before. If your hospital or nursing home is feeling the effects of the nursing shortage already, you are not alone.

Job Growth Isn’t Enough

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registered Nursing is one of the top occupations in terms of growth through 2026. While the workforce will swell over a decade from 2.9 million to 3.4 million, the Bureau projected the need for an additional 203,700 nurses each of those years to fill open positions and replace nurses leaving the workforce. Currently, nursing school enrollment is not increasing rapidly enough to meet that demand.

The Nursing Shortage Is Already Affecting Care

When the existing nurses are pushed to work longer and harder, burnout increases, which leads to a wide range of negative consequences. In the American Journal of Infection Control, a study identified an association between high patient-to-nurse ratios and burnout with increased surgical site and urinary tract infections. Another study of European hospitals published in Lancet found that an increase in nurse workload by a single patient increased the likelihood of death within 30 days of admission by a whopping 7%. Hospitals and medical facilities are also financially affected by the nursing shortage, as labor is the primary expense hospitals incur and the shortage causes labor expenses to swell due to overtime.

Adequate Staffing Is Possible

Your hospital or nursing home doesn’t have to be negatively affected by the nursing shortage. A University of California study published in Medical Care found that high nurse staffing levels were positively correlated with lower failure-to-rescue incidents, fewer deaths, shorter hospital stays and lower infection rates. By investing in the right staff and working with a medical staffing partner like Nurse Earth, your healthcare facility can provide quality care and keep all patients happy and healthy.

How Can Nurse Earth Assist Your Hospital During the Nursing Shortage?

Nurse Earth specializes in meeting the diverse needs of healthcare providers, including nursing homes, hospitals and private practices. As a specialized medical staffing partner, we have refined a one-of-a-kind peer-to-peer interview process that uses skilled clinicians to meet every client’s need for the right candidate and our nurses’ needs for a position that values their experience and skillsets. To learn more about our services and how we can meet your staffing needs, visit us online, give us a call at 1-800-450-1081 or contact us here.