Thursday, October 11, 2012
Nursing Shortages Driving New Applicants to the Field
As a general rule, an individual can keep up with the latest nursing shortage updates by tracking this and other information online. They can follow what’s occurring as it happens by tracking the sites that have a direct interest in the increasing demands for nursing positions. These sites can provide the specific reasons and rationale for the shortages continuing, as well as how long the shortages are expected to last into the future.
There are a variety of different factors involved and they all contribute to the nursing shortage. One of the most common reasons for these shortages include baby boomers. The baby boomers are high in number and they still require healthcare. Whether these patients are in their own homes or an elderly facility most will need the help of a nurse at some point in time.
In addition to the baby boomer factor, lack of training facilities to accommodate these high numbers is also part of the problem. Unfortunately, many potential nurses are responding to the need that has been addressed. However, even though there is a high response in qualified applicants, the medical community has to turn students away from the training that’s required and needed because they do not have the money to provide the appropriate training or the training facilities.
As a result, hospitals and other medical facilities are understaffed with overworked nurses. These nurses are often discouraged because they work long hard hours with limited assistance. To fill in the gaps, many medical establishments are offering different types of incentives to prevent high turnover rates. This has resulted in more people being interested in the field.