The Pros And Cons Of Nursing Shortage

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Nursing Shortage is a problem we all should be aware of. There are many factors that may lead to a nursing shortage, such as having stressful and unsafe working environments, and our nurses are being overworked. This is a problem we should be aware of because it is affecting the patient care. Nurses would not have enough time to stay with a patient if they have more patients to worry about. Nurses play a big role in our hospitals and communities, “Nurses play significant roles in hospitals, clinics and private practices. They make up the biggest health care occupation in the United States. Nursing job duties include communicating between patients and doctors, caring for patients, administering medicine and supervising nurses' aides”(study).…show more content…
“We discovered that wage was associated with job dissatisfaction and intent to leave but had little influence on burnout, while work environment and average patient-to-nurse ratio still have considerable effects on nurse outcomes. Wage is important for good nurse outcomes, but it does not diminish the significant influence of work environment and staffing on nurse outcomes”(ncbi). This quote is talking about how nurses are overworked and would want to get paid more. It proves that some nurses are dissatisfied because of the wage. This is important evidence because their wage is one reason why nurses are dissatisfied by their job and would think about…show more content…
We need to realize the roles nurses have, and how important they are to us when it comes to our health. Nurses are being overworked, patients’ are not getting the good quality care they need, and some ways to stay away from a nurse shortage are that nurses should be paid more and have better or more benefits. Without our nurses, we would have many problems to deal with, such as our health and patient care in hospitals. Nurses give patients’ medicine they would need and would have to check up on each patient they have. With a nursing shortage, it would be a more stressful and difficult working environment for nurses because they would have more patients’ and less time on their hands to make sure that each of their patients’ are taken care of. It is unsafe and patients’ would not have received the full care they needed. A short staff of nurses would be disastrous, and would put many lives at risk. It is up to us to be aware of this problem as early as possible so that we can be prepared for the consequences when we are running low on our nursing staff. Works Cited
Stanton, Mark W. “Hospital Nurse Staffing and Quality of Care | AHRQ Archive.” Archive: Agency for Healthcare Research Quality, Mar. 2004,
White, Patrick. “Doctors and Nurses : Let's Celebrate the Difference between Doctors and Nurses.” BMJ
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