week 1 dis13
Please do a paragraph about this post with this instruction .
post most have 4 or more sentences .
you also have to have a high quality post from a content perspective. This means it also needs to do more than agree with or praise a class mate. If you agree with a classmate, explain why, give an example, share what you learned in the readings, ask questions of each other, etc.
The impending nursing shortage can be problematic for the country’s economic health if it is not properly addressed. More than half of the current RN workforce’s age is 50 years and older (Snavely, 2016). The country is projected to go through a nursing shortage due to a high number of the “baby boomer” population aging and are predicted to account for a massive proportion of healthcare services.
If not addressed, the already stressful and demanding environment nurses work in will only get worse. Nurses will be expected to take on more responsibilities and could possibly make for errors due to burnout, fatigue and job dissatisfaction (Snavely, 2016). Overworked nurses can lead to poor quality patient care and negative outcomes.
The nursing shortage will have an unfavorable effect on the nation’s economic health. Hospitals with understaffed nursing units are related to readmission and unnecessary costs (Snavely, 2016). Tax dollars would have to be spent on the inadequacies of the healthcare system. The potential turnover rates of unhappy nurses could cost the hospital millions in hiring and retraining new staff.
Providing a safe and supportive work environment can help retain and attract nurses in the hospital setting and improve patient care quality. Letting nurses know that they are supported at work will help retain staff and improve employee satisfaction. Opportunities for both education and professional advancement could also help attract new recruits and keep the current staff invested in the company for a long period of time (Ball et al, 2015