Nursing Shortage: A Case Study

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The economic effect of the Nursing Shortage will have significant consequences on the aging American population referred to as the “Baby-Boomers,” born between 1946 and 1964. This block of citizens will be making demands on the health care system for quality health care. The unavailability of qualified health care personnel adequately to provide care is a solution worth exploring with economic tools. Economic theories offer the foundational business decision-making tools that guide efficiency among health care managers. The health care environment has to change practice and tactics to remain viable by using evidenced-based business practice models to remain relevant. The tool assists leadership to deliberate issues and effectively distributes resources to areas in demand to mitigate financial loss resulting in poor quality of care. Currently the United States health care system is enduring significant nursing shortages that will have severe health care consequences on the Baby-Boomer generation.…show more content…
This can be attributed to increase demands on nurses to produce more because there overworked coworkers have increased use of sick leave related to burnout. Patients and family members are beginning to realize the inadequate quality of health care services administered as the nurse is often very tired as the nurse to patient ratio surpassed safe patient care levels. The supply curve emphasizes change, allowing the health care industry to focus on a range of solutions indication how they will fix the shortage as the demand increases (Getzen, 2007). “The major factors and trends behind the growth in RN demand include: population growth, aging of the population, increased per capita demand for health care, and trends in health care financing,” (Bureau of Health Professions, 2004,
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