The role of the registered nurse has always been a pivotal one within the healthcare delivery team. The volatility of the healthcare system, along with the current and projected nursing shortage has catapulted the importance of the nursing profession to the forefront of the society's current issues. Concerted efforts by nursing leadership and healthcare administrators to recruit and retain qualified nurses to provide effective, quality care are being evaluated by various groups for efficacy, and the results are being implemented by hospital facilities and other healthcare organizations. This paper explores the nursing shortage crisis, the methodologies utilized to determine reasons behind the problem (high turnover rates, increased demand, aging nursing population), and the recommendations provided to effectively combat the issue.
Recruitment and Retention - Combating the Nursing Shortage
The recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will expand healthcare coverage in the United States by an additional 32 million. This, in conjunction with the increase in number of persons over the age of 65, will undoubtedly place our health care system in a quandary. Compounding the problem is the shortage of qualified nursing professionals to provide quality and effective care, especially in the primary care setting.
As of late, registered nurses (RNs) comprise the largest segment of professionals working in the healthcare industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are approximately million RNs currently employed in health care in the United States. Of these, approximately million (55 percent) are age 50 or over (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2014). These figures allude to the dismal future of nursing with the supply of nurses not meeting the demands of society.
To combat the consequences of an eminent nursing shortage, intervention efforts must be implemented...
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