A Crisis for Health Care: How the Nursing Shortage Impacts Patient Care, Education and Burnout

A Crisis for Health Care: How the Nursing Shortage Impacts Patient Care, Education and Burnout


Across the United States there is a
shortage of nurses. There’s many things contributing to this, nurses are aging
nurses are retiring and every year there are more and more jobs for nurses
as the general public is dealing with more health care issues, more chronic
conditions, the public is aging. There are more and more needs for nurses to care
for people. How fast do we give the lasix? One of the problems and challenges that
we have in nursing education is that we’re experiencing a faculty shortage. So
there’s eight percent of the available positions remain unfilled. Another
problem is that our nursing education workforce like our nursing workforce is
aging. As many as 25 to 50 percent in some colleges and universities of our
nursing faculty will be retirement age within the next few years. One major implication of the nursing
faculty shortage is that we’re unable to admit qualified students. Last year, over
75,000 qualified applicants to nursing programs across the United States
we’re turned away. Knowing that this nursing shortage is coming about
actually seems kind of frightening in the sense because I already know like
with the shortage there’s going to be a higher patient nurse ratio and I feel
like that with more patients – fewer nurses it’s not going to be as safe.
I think decreasing the nurse patient ratio to improve patient outcomes and
patient safety requires more nurses. Studies show that better educated nurses
and having a a smaller nurse to patient ratio improves outcomes and improves
safety. You can’t function without nurses. I mean they’re like the backbone I think
of the health care system. They are just so kind and caring. At the University of Florida
we’ve been very fortunate that the state as well as our board of
trustees has invested in increasing the number of faculty and enhancing our
faculty so that we can more nurses, that we can create more
opportunities. We’re very fortunate here that we have partners at our hospitals
in Gainesville as well as Jacksonville and the nurses there partner with us to
prepare that next generation of nurses. A lot of people say like nursing is the core
and nursing is the center of many of the health professions and I truly agree
with that. This is more than a profession this is a
career this is a lifestyle.

Daniel Yohans

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