Nursing Shortage Essay

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The Nursing Shortage
Reviving one’s well-being, listening, caring for and restoring one’s physical health to the highest possibility are only four of the many important duties nurses hold in patient care. For every ill patient there is a nurse, however nurses are required to provide care for many ill patients. As the nursing shortage increases, the amount of nurses available for clients decreases, therefore increasing the nurse to patient ratio. Not only does this result in nurses caring for many more patients at once, it also makes for a much more stressful work environment. The nursing shortage is not only dependent on the nurses themselves, but also the health system, the citizens, the education required to become a nurse as well as stereotypes brought up in today’s society. Immediate actions in the health system, population, education and stereotypes need to be taken now to prevent the nursing shortage from getting to a point where it can no longer be resolved.
How it all began
Beginning in the early to mid-1900’s, the nursing shortage did not arise as a serious issue until the early 2000’s. This issue is still ongoing to date and will not be resolved until there is a completely full supply of nurses available. Not to mention the fact that as the years pass, there will be an increase of required patient care as people are only growing older and sicker. A generation of baby boomers are on the peak of their retirement (Olshansky, E. 2010) which means that an increased supply of nurses is imperative to ensure client safety and care. The more patients a nurse has to care for, the less efficient care the patient will receive.
Having to care for more patients at a time, than the ideal number, would then become a huge barrier to the therapeutic nurse-client relationship. This could potentially remove the caring aspect from the nursing profession (Melnechenko,

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