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Andrew Westbrook 28577 Dstoli Essay 4 5162003 Nursing Shortage One major problem that health care faces today is the shortage of nurses In a poll conducted by the American Health Association labor and staffing issues were the second biggest concern of top healthcare officials Nurses are known for their long hours low pay and very stressful jobs Also older nurses will soon be leaving the field as retirees With a declining amount of nurses and a hospital industry that is constantly expanding the need for nurses is rapidly growing The average age of nurses is 44 years old opposed to 40 in 1980 When nurses retire or decide to go to a less demanding profession there are fewer qualified even if the hospital is able to recruit and find nurses for these available openings The cost of turnover is also extremely expensive The average cost of turnover for one nurse is between 50000 and 60000 dollars The expensive nature of turnover isnt the only problem related to it Turnover can result in lower productivity because the hospital is trying to find a replacement and when they do find the replacement that person still needs time to learn the system Secondly fewer women are becoming nurses since the economy has also now left the door open for women to explore other trades or professions Nurses typically have to take care of patients in a hospital 24 hours a day 365 days a year With most nurses having kids at home it is not appealing for them to work in a field where they must take care of other peoples needs Home health care long-term care and ambulatory services are easy alternatives for a less stressful and sometimes higher paying job This also gives nurses more time to balance work and family life A poll from AMA said that 60 of nurses are now working outside of hospitals Also well over 40 of women are
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