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Solutions for the Current Nursing Shortage

Solutions for the Current Nursing Shortage

Stephanie Larkin | Articlesbase.com

Creating healthy work environments

Healthy work environments are important in every field, but more so in the hospital or clinic setting where patients are incapacitated with a variety of ailments, many of which are contagious. The strains of viruses and bacteria are often mutating faster than medical researchers can create designer drugs. In addition to physical ailments, the stress of caring for injured, ill or dying patients will take a heavy emotional toll on nurses. Creating better ways of keeping nurses healthy both mentally and physically helps to keep the nursing force strong and capable.

Changing roles for advanced practice nurses

The nursing shortage can also be alleviated by utilizing practical nurses. Already in the system, these nurses’ skills could be further enhanced by improving their education level through adult education, continuing education and seminars. Still better utilization could be made of existing nurses and staff who are interested in advancing their careers in nursing. Also, as more duties are being picked up by staff with intermediate levels of training, registered nurses are able to perform more of the teaching, administrative and more highly skilled nursing tasks.

Partnerships with nursing schools

Partnerships with nursing schools can take many different forms, each of which could be valuable in reducing the growing shortage of nurses. Assistance in replacing nursing school faculty is of key importance so that nursing classes can continue to be staffed adequately. Provision of grants, loans and scholarships in order to attend educational classes in nursing will allow students who would otherwise not be able to afford nursing school to attend. Adult education classes at nursing schools allow for an increased level of graduates in nursing. Using student nurses effectively could increase nursing caregivers on the job. By covering educational costs in return for a service commitment by graduate nurses is another way to increase the number of nursing staff in the field.


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    Shamon88

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I have been doing my preReqs for 1 1/2 years and I applied for the Nursing Program and because I faile the TEAS test by 3 points I was DEnied entry, I think many schools have a WEENING out process for certain people, but this won't discourage Me. I will just transfer and Apply to another School even if it means 1 extra class, they are always talkin about a shortage, but take you through soooooooooooo much to even APPLY for a program, Nursing is my PASSION so I will keep pushing forward.

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    MaggyC

    over 5 years ago

    28 comments

    I have been an RN for 40 years. I have worked in many specialties. It is my firm conviction after all this time that The NURSING PROFESSION IS ITS OWN WORST ENEMY. Nursing Shortage? Get these people trained correctly in the first place then you wouldn't need 3 months of more of orientation. I am a diploma nurse who was able to be team leader, head nurse on a floor immediately after graduation. HandsandHeart, I'm feeling where you're coming from as well. You and others went into your programs thinking you would be able to get a job after graduation. The Nursing hierarchy should be seriously re-thinking training. Later for pre-requisites. I would like to know how pre-requisite classes help a person learn to insert a foley cath, give an injection properly or suction a trach. Once while working in a long term care facility, I was speaking with an ADN student who was rotating thru. She said that if I needed any patient to be catheterized that day to please let her know because she'd only done one before and would like to do another. Later on, as we spoke, she informed me that she would be graduating from the program in 2 weeks. 2 weeks?!! And had only done one cath?? Too busy with those pre-reqs, I guess. By the time I was in the second year of my diploma program, I could cath with a blindfold on and one hand tied behind my back (You know what I mean). Nursing, if you don't train 'em good enough from the start, at least offer training when they get on the floors.

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    jkbholland

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    there are a few nursing assistants that would go threw the program to be nurse but there is so much unnecessary pr ewrekace s you have to do that i want endure all of it.

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    Overload

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    They are just piling up patient overload and the danger of indicents that the nurses are geting hurt and the danger the patients are being put in, is causing nurses to seek other careers.

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    blackmon44

    over 5 years ago

    54 comments

    I think if some of the other states would do what California is doing helping CNA's become LVN's that would blso creating LPN-RN programs for LPN's after they have taken their pre classes, I think that would cut down on the nursing shortage. because the RN's work very hard. II work in the SICU unit in Chicago and I've seen many nurses become over-worked.

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    emeraldmaz

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    there really is no shortage in Michigan, they've laid off over 1000 nurses in lower michigan, and now the new grads can't find jobs, and we have RN's working at McDonalds because a lot of hospitals won't take new grad RNs, and the new grads here have no jobs at all, we are working as nursing assistants, but no positions for us even after all the schooling.

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    veorio

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    I am an old nurse with a BSN. But there are no refresher courses out there to assist me in taking my Boards over. Use to teach, loved it and still have much to offer but am not able. Any information about such courses would be so appreciated!

    Vicki

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    candicedejae

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    I'm currently a medical assistant w/ 8months experience from a contracting company but b/c the company is seasonal it's hard for me to land a job b/c everyone wants this so needed experience. I just don't understand I start school in May for my BSN prerequistes but now I'm thinking why bother b/c the waiting list is like 2-3 yrs if your accepted. We all need to speak up Healthcare professionals so our voices can be heard. No one has heard our cry.

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    shansweetdreams

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Another thing that no one has mentioned, in my case, I am a nursing student or pre-nursing. I started school in 2006 and was suppose to finish my ADN in 2008. But due to the lack of nursing educaters, only a few students get into the programs. While waiting to get into the Nursing program, I have taken all my pre-reqs for my ADN and my BSN. Now, I only need 5 nursing classes to finish my ADN and 9 classes to get my BSN. With all that, I still have not got into a nursing program. I did get accepted into a Tech School for an LPN program, because I scored an 966 on my NET test. But because they wouldn't give me all of my grant, I couldn't afford to go there. Plus, it will take me longer to get the LPN then it will to get the ADN. When I questioned the schools about that, I was told that they have roughly 400 students that apply to the program each year. And because they don't have enough teachers, they can only allow about 40 students a year into the program. I got the same answer from 6 different schools. I, like many others can and will work any shift needed, if we could only get through school to do so. Here it is 2009, a year after I was suppose to finish and I still have not got into the nursing program. It makes me not even want to be a nurse anymore. What makes it worse, I have 91 college credits and they all are toward nursing. So if I change my major now, it's like starting all over.

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    tamtam

    over 5 years ago

    16 comments

    I believe (as well as do many experienced recruiters whom I've spoken with), that an alteration in the strict shift system, (i.e. "days"= 7.00 AM -3 :00 P.M. or 7:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.) would greatly impact the number of qualified nurses in the current workforce. If one considers that nursing is still a predominant femal profession, and assuming a large porportion of those women are or have been married and have children (a 50% divorce rate in the U.S.), chances are fairly high that many of those nurses are single mothers. By law (and purely practical child-rearing experience), it is not legal to leave a child alone in the home until the age of 11. (Even then, I would have reservations...). Many of the children of these nurses fall into this age range. If I were to work "the day shift" in a hospital, I would have to wake my 10 y/o at 5:30 A.M. and take him to someone to look after him until school started (at 8:30 A.M.) and he would again have to go to another caregiver from the time he got out fo school (2:30 P.M.) until my shift was over at 3:30 P.M. + travel time (say 30 minutes)-so until 4:00 P.M. (IF I wasn't mandated to do overtime-a frequent occurrance)-effectively leaving him to be raised by a number of other people other than myself. If employers (mostly hospitals), considered changing their "shifts" to reflect and accomodate the needs of women with children, I firmly believe that we would't have the nursing shortage that is so prevelant currently.

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    judithbland

    over 5 years ago

    22 comments

    I am trying to find out information regarding nurse training,see i am a Medical Assistant and
    i have a lot of experience in the medical field. i would like to do hands on training in hospital,if you
    can help me i would appreciate it. I HAVE WORKED INTERNAL MEDICINE,PEDIATRICS,UROLOGY,AND FAMILY PRACTICE.

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    HandsandHeart

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I'm a newly registered nurse who can't get a job because I don't have experience as an RN. We wouldn't have such a nursing shortage if hospitals would hire new grads and invest the 3 months of orientation in them. How am I supposed to get the experience I need as an RN if I can't get a job...and worse how can I pay my bills??????

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    cuttie

    over 5 years ago

    1044 comments

    I think everyone she write the legislators and tell them whats really going on. I think Obama needs to know the real reason why there is a nursing shortage. My concerns about this whole nursing shortage reasons, is misinterepated. Nurses need to use there voices and speak up, if we don't speak who will listen.

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    frustratedreentry

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Everyone seems to miss a very logical solution to the "nursing shortage". There is a whole pool of Re-Entry RNs, that would help alleviate the shortage and no one wants to be bothered with providing educational programs to bring them up to current technology. I think it's very unfortunate that there are very few refresher programs out there, for nurses who have been out of the work force for a number of years, for whatever reason, and would like to go back to work.

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