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Nursing Shortages In healthcare today one major issue is the shortage of nurses In a poll conducted by the American Health Association labor and staffing issues was the second biggest concern of top healthcare officials Nurses are known for their long hours low pay and very stressful jobs As a result of this enrollment in nursing schools has declined for the fourth straight year With a declining amount of nurses and a hospital industry that is constantly expanding the need for nurses is rapidly growing Also with less and less nurses going to school the older nurses are just getting older The average age of nurses is 443 years old as opposed to 403 in 1980 There is no one to fill their position when they retire or decide to go to a less demanding profession with much more flexible hours If the hospital is able to recruit and find nurses for these available openings the cost of turnover is 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 Our economy has also now left the door wide open for women to explore other jobs 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 work outside of a hospital is very appealing to them 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 A poll from the AMA said that 60 of nurses are now working outside of hospitals Also well over 40
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