Currently, the national average for turnover rates is 8. Each state has different guidelines for what each type of license allows a nurse to do. According to Quill, a nursing shortage continuously increases due to obvious reasons such as burnout, retirement, long shift hours, underpayments, injuries, and overall job dissatisfaction.
Sochalski said that where she works in Philadelphia, there are a handful of nursing schools, but a limited number of hospitals and clinics, meaning a limited number of clinical places where fledgling nurses can gain practical experience. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing AACN is working with schools, policy makers, nursing organizations, and the media to bring attention to this healthcare concern.
Linda Aiken and her colleagues released findings from a study of acute care hospitals in Belgium, England, Finland, Ireland, Spain, and Switzerland, which found that a greater proportion of professional nurses at the bedside is associated with better outcomes for patients and nurses.
Compounding the problem is the fact that nursing schools across the country are struggling to expand capacity to meet the rising demand for care given the national move toward healthcare reform.
Since nurses must regularly care for more patients than what has been deemed safe, they carry a burden too great to bear and become physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted, causing them to leave their positions.
Though AACN reported a 5. Staffing ratios are of clinical concern. Increases in registered nurse staffing was associated with reductions in hospital-related mortality and failure to rescue as well as reduced length of stays.
Wightman said national licensure for nurses, Wightman believes, would make it easier to address deficits. In Julythe Tri-Council for Nursing released a joint statement on Recent Registered Nurse Supply and Demand Projectionswhich cautioned stakeholders about declaring an end to the nursing shortage.