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THE NURSING SHORTAGE The first article selected for this review on the nursing shortage in the U.S.A is ‘State of the Registered Nurse Workforce in the United States’ by Buerhas et al, 2006. This article constitutes the final part of the six-part series of articles that focuses on the state of the registered nurse (RN) in the U.S.A., summing up the important findings…
The nursing shortage problem is made worse through poor retention strategies of healthcare institutions. Taken as a whole, nursing professionals expressed better job and career satisfaction than professionals from several of the other fields. Finally, the average age of RN’s is on the rise. Moving on to the action required for easing the pressure on RN’s and preventing the shortage of RN’s in the long run, the authors recommend finding the means to eliminate the poor workplace environment for nurses; take measures to improve the contributions made by nursing to patient safety and quality of care of patients; maintain a long term perspective in all these aspects; take steps to enhance the capacity of nursing education programs; and accept that the nursing work force can change for the better. In conclusion the authors suggest that complacency on the issue of nursing shortage should be avoided, and that nursing professionals can be assured of the recognition of society for their contributions, which would lead to society taking measures for improvement in work related issues of RN’s. ...
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