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Nursing Distribution or Shortage?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, June 9th, 2016

America’s nursing shortage is in a large part a problem of distribution. Some areas have a plentiful supply of nurses, with other regions experience a scarcity. Jobs are often more plentiful in big cities, and fewer in rural areas.

nurse shortage or distribution?This disparity can represent the difference between life and death. When there are too few nurses, caregivers are stretched too thin and have less time and energy for each patient. Overworking leads to fatigue and burnout, which threatens the quality of care and increases the incidence of error. Research found links between insufficient nursing staffing and higher rates of hospital readmission and patient mortality. Higher patient loads are associated with higher rates of nurse turnover, which is costly, disruptive, and harmful to patient safety. Happier healthy nurses can mean better care and better outcomes.

 

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