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Yes, Virginia, There is Still a Nursing Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, June 21st, 2010

At a time when good jobs with benefits are harder to find, South Florida’s nursing shortage continues. A new study by the Florida Center for Nursing finds the shortage is coming down to one word: Churn. Rapid turnover is the driving force behind the shortage.

For every five registered nurses Florida added in the last two years, it lost three of them, either to another state or to another profession entirely.

It’s a problem Florida cannot afford to ignore. Nursing shortages are associated with poorer patient outcomes: more pressure sores, more clinically acquired infections such as pneumonia, longer stays and higher costs.

Recruiting and training a new registered nurse can cost as much as a year’s salary. So solving the retention problem is an urgent issue.

To learn strategies to retain your best nurses, contact me.

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