The Nursing Shortage: A Nursing Case Study

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Introduction I am an LPN and I work in a long term care facility where there is a skill mix of RN’s, LPN’s and PCA’s. Often times throughout our days work there is a shortage of an RN. Our facility is attached to an acute care hospital and many of the float RN’s would chose not to be floated to long term care. As an LPN, I have conversed with my co-workers on the nursing preference of our acute care RN’s. There is a sad reality of the shortage of RN’s for both acute and chronic care nursing but why is there a wedge between our nursing units. Moreover, in preparation for this research proposal I felt that this would be a relevant problem for me to address and investigate. Goals As I work through my research proposal I would like to achieve…show more content…
We are all aware of the shortage of nurses and the serious situation of health care provincially, nationally and internationally. One Canadian report states “Canada will be short almost 60,000 full-time equivalent RNs by 2022” (Canadian Nurses Association – The Nursing Shortage – The Nursing Workforce, n.d.). Another staggering report from the American aspect is that in 2007, 109,900 full-time equivalent direct care nursing positions at long term care facilities were vacant across the United States. (McConnell, Eleanor S., Lekan, Deborah., & Corazzini, Kirsten N., 2010). Such statistics gives evidence to support the research proposal for this…show more content…
McConnell (et al, 2010) suggests that “The sheer size of the gap between what we have and what we need to ensure adequate nurse staffing in LTC is staggering”. She points out that the nurses who work in LTC face daily challenges: chronic staff shortages, limited access to expertise that is needed to deal with clinical and social problems, unrealistic work assignments, low pay, little respect, and few opportunities for career advancements. In short, what McConnell (et al, 2010) is saying in her article is that if these challenges were overcome than maybe more nurses would chose a career path in LTC and there would not be this vast gap to deal with. McConnell (et al, 2010) goes on to say that because of the scientific advances in medicine and geriatrics, people with complex chronic diseases will be living longer therefore, if we do not create a working environment where graduate nurses will want to work, then we will certainly be facing more problems. It was interesting to read in this article of the need for LTC and health professions schools to create a partnership that might encourage nursing students to focus their attention to LTC settings and even to enter innovative academic programs. This McConnell (et al, 2010) suggests might possibly move the problem faced by the shortage of RNs in LTC from its status as “mission impossible” to “mission

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