The Impact Of Nurse Staffing

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The United States growing epidemic of shortages of Registered Nurses (RNs) have sky rocketed in the last couple years. With the uprising generation of Baby Boomers, the impending need for nurses grows. Factors that contribute to the nurse shortage deals with inadequate staffing, shortage in teachers and available clinical sites in nursing schools, and overall stress in the workplace. Some measures have been established to address this rapidly growing epidemic. With the help from resources such as the AACN, methods are being create to shape legislation, identify strategies, and form collaborations to help better address the shortage.
The frequently asked question that is constantly revisited when this topic is discussed is, why is the U.S.
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A higher patient loads are often associated with that of higher hospital readmission rates. A published journal BMJ Quality and Safety, found that when more than four patients were assigned to an RN in pediatric hospitals, the likelihood of hospital readmissions increased significantly (2013). Furthermore, a recent study done by Dr. Mary Blegen explained that higher nurse staffing correlated with fewer deaths, lower failure to rescue incidents, shorter hospital stays and lower rate of infection (2011). This shows the importance of fixing the nursing shortage to ensure patient safety, but also overall nurse burnout. The overall quality of life for patients is essential, but also to maintain the wellness of the nurses who provide care is …show more content…
Nursing school can work on strategies to help expand student capacity. Additionally, applying for grants to help expand clinical placement sites and additional faculty. In September 2010, the AACN announced the expansion of NursingCAS, the nation’s centralized application service for RN programs, to include graduate nursing programs. One of the primary reasons for launching NursingCAS was to ensure that all vacant seats in schools of nursing are filled to better meet the need for RNs, APRNs, and nurse faculty (2014). Furthermore, incentives to provide fellowships and loan forgiveness for future nurse who agree to teach after graduation have been implemented in states like Wisconsin. Improvements in retaining current nurses through changes in work environment is another method of change. Ensuring that shifts are properly staffed, results in an easier load for the nurses, reducing overall work-related

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