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Article Analysis: The Nursing Shortage

Nursing shortages have occurred in health care

throughout history, and especially since World War II. Just as the

legion of baby boomers is about to swell the need for quality health

care, America's nursing population is aging and more nurses are moving

into primary care settings and into other disciplines. As a result,

America's hospitals and other institutions need more nurses,

especially those who deliver specialized care. As a healthcare

provider and businessman this topic is of a special interest to me

because nursing shortage have caused my business to loose million of

dollars in the past five years. This paper examines the nursing

shortage in the health care industry, the use of collaborative team

approach in care delivery using a study that aims specifically to this

problem and offer recommendations for employee retention.

Many health care professionals are wondering why shortage transpired

when managed care cost initiatives, implemented throughout the

country, are dramatically decreasing the length of patient stays (Upenieks,

2003). In fact, such a situation should be resulting in a nursing

oversupply. As the nursing shortage ensues, the need for recruiting

and retaining highly skilled nurses committed to the organization will

become necessary to maintain high-quality patient care. The recent

national nurse shortage has resulted in higher nurse workloads; fewer

support resources, greater nursing dissatisfaction, and burnout,

making it more difficult to provide optimal patient care (Upenieks,

2003). The primary role of nursing is to provide the best possible

care to patients. To attain this goal, nurses must work in

collaboration with other members of the health care team. To improve

efficiency, the health care environment must foster the development of

collaborative relations among health care professionals. Trust, open

communication, commitment, and shared goals must be present to support

collaborative relations and effective teamwork.

Health care organizations continue to place a greater demand on health

care professionals while often working with limited resources. In a

recent study focused on determining if there was a current or

impending shortage of nurses in care settings throughout the United

States, 81% of the 178 hospitals sampled indicated they have or are


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diminishes. Based on this study, administrators should recruit nurses

who understand that health care is at its best when health care

professionals work collaboratively as members of a team, committed to

providing the best possible patient care.


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