Mortality rates were high at the turn of the century. Problems with meningitis, tuberculosis, scarlet fever and other communicable diseases were addressed. The graduate nurse program had begun to develop in hospitals and education facilities to better prepare nurses for these illnesses and more. (Chinn, P 1994) Body A woman in medical care (beyond serving as a midwife, sitter or cleaner) was brought about by the likes of Florence Nightingale. These women showed a previously male dominated profession the essential role of nursing in order to lessen the patient mortality rate, which resulted from lack of hygiene and nutrition.
The training process for nurses has been often affected by specific factors such as problems faced by teaching faculties, models used to training them, and the characteristics attributed to the career. In the end, the training process for nurses involves a direct redress of various current problems through application of innovative means. The problem is also amplified by the shortage of nurses in nursing homes and hospitals. Also, more staff is required to offer training to the nurses in various nursing programs in colleges. There is a big shortage in master’s and doctorate degree holders who can be employed as trainers.
According to Bartels (2005), the nursing profession is heading towards a known disaster – shortage of nurses, increased demand of society, decreased reimbursement and growing dissatisfaction from patients and professionals. All these factors are threatening nurses in delivering safe and quality care. The prevalence of injury among nurses is increasing to epidemic proportion around the world. According to (Kumar, 2004) cited in Vieira et al (2005), nurses are among those professionals with the highest incident rates of work related injuries compared to other occupational groups. Types of occupational hazards encountered by nurses are numerous and varied.
One of the advantages of becoming a registered nurse is based on the shortage. The problem of the nursing shortage is expected to intensify over the next fifteen years, due to the “baby boomers” are aging and with the elderly living longer, nurses will be even more in demand in the coming years. There is a steady decline in the availability of nurses as they go off the point into different occupations or do not even consider nursing as a career option. According to a report conducted by the Health Resources and Services Administration, thirty states are currently suffering due to a lack of nurses being able to fill positions. The overall look does not look promising for the state of health care in the United States.
Once in employment many IRNs experience difficulties due to differences in language and culture in their new country of practice. Barriers to effective communication have implications for all nurses but particularly those functioning in a second language and culture. This article suggests strategies for IRNs, UK-educated nurses, managers and policy makers to improve the experience of IRNs and to ensure patients receive the best possible care. Full Text * TranslateFull text * Turn off search term navigation * Jump to first hit Headnote Summary Internationally recruited nurses (IRNs) provide valuable resources to address existing and predicted nurse shortages. Once in employment many IRNs experience difficulties due to differences in language and culture in their new country of practice.
This research resulted in the healthcare industry taking great strides to increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses. This paper will discuss some strategies put in place by healthcare facilities, educational institutions, and government legislation to help encourage diploma and associate degree nurses obtain their Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN). Continuing education is vital to the development and maintenance of strong nurses. Baccalaureate education for practicing nurses is the way to retain the best and brightest nurses (McGrath, 2008). Healthcare facilities throughout the country have realized the need for higher educated nurses and have placed both strategic barriers and incentives in place to obtain the most educated nurses.
As we advance in nursing with new technologies and knowledge we have begun to require theory bases that are easier to understand in the nursing practice. We need to correlate are our research and practice to these theories. Nursing research is essential for the growth of the nursing profession. With use of EBP, nurses can implement evidence and research in their clinical care. As we continue to use EBP direct care nurses will have to the opportunity to participate in research.
One of the leading concerns regarding the nursing shortage is the aging workforce. “Already, an estimated 8.5 percent of U.S. nursing positions are unfilled-and some expect that number to triple by 2020 as 80 million baby boomers retire and expand the ranks of those needing care” (Business Week, 2007). This trend is causing great concern among health care workers and the nursing community. Having such a large number of nurses on the brink of retiring and entering the patient status soon after is affecting the health care field negatively. There is not enough nurses educated and trained to handle such an influx and the salary of current nurses is under debate.
Nurses are a vital part of the health care scene, but nursing shortages have appeared in many areas, shortages that are predicted to worsen over time. Chaos theory talks about dissolution of old patterns and development of new. The nursing profession needs to begin to recognize new trends and patterns that are emerging in health care. Change theory tells us that unsettled a time, a form of unfreezing of old patterns, is also an era of opportunity. Changes are inevitable, and both nursing and especially nursing education are in an excellent position to lead rather than follow.
I believe my calling is to the role of Advanced Nurse Practitioner. In this new role, I will be able to take on more responsibility, autonomy, and can potentially make a greater impact on patients’ lives. I believe it is our obligation as nurses to stay up to date on our ever evolving practice. As nursing leaders, we should take the initiative to be involved in councils, read nursing journals, and further our education as much as the glass ceiling will allow. A thirst for knowledge is wonderful value to have.