Nursing Shortage In Healthcare
There are images of striking nurses and headlines of layoffs and downsizing because of managed care. There are stories of nursing errors that have injured or killed patients, most recently in the Chicago Tribune (Berens, 2000a, 2000b, 2000c). These varied and conflicting images result in nursing appearing as an unstable, unpredictable and high-risk career. So another option a for a solution is that nurses must become more of a voice in the press and on their units. With every article about the shortage of nurses, positive letters to the editor acknowledging the challenges of nursing and recognizing the rewards are needed. Negative, complaining letters perpetuate the image that nursing is not a good career choice. They are the critics on the outside looking in, without getting the true facts on the behind the scenes hardship the nursing staff community faces day to day.
Nursing will continue to be a growing field because of the high demand of individuals needing healthcare professional help. But in order to take care of these different type of people with a varies of health related issues, the staff needs to be taking care of physically, emotionally, mentally and financially in order for all parties to be