ALABAMA’S NURSING SHORTAGE ISSUE
For the past years, nursing shortage has been much evident across US affecting the healthcare industry directly baffling health leaders.
Alabama for instance, is one of the few states experiencing the issue.
“Nurses are the heartbeat of healthcare,” said Alabama State Nurses Association Annual Convention Executive Director John Ziegler in article. “They’re the largest workforce in healthcare, but a lot of nurses are starting to age out and retire. So, demand for nurses is continuing to increase while the supply of nurses is predicted to decrease.”
According to experts, one of the issues leading to the shortage right now is that they don’t have the proper staff to educate and train future nurses.
“Part of the issue with nurses is that our nursing schools have to have enough faculty in order to provide education that is adequate for our nurses, so that’s a challenge because you have to find nurses that are educated enough to be faculty,” said UAB Chief Nursing Officer Terri Poe. “So, the number of nurses accepted into our nursing programs, we would love to grow but we have to have the faculty to do that.”
In connection, nurses receive huge salaries as an advance nurse practitioner as compared to nursing faculties.
“Now nurses can go to school for two, three, or four years after their BSN and make a lot of money. A lot more money as an advance practice nurse than they can as a teacher, as an educator. So, we don’t see as many people going into right out of college in their advance degrees, nurse education,” said Ziegler.
Retention is an issue being faced right now and hospitals are having difficult time to keep nurses on staff due to a spike in traveling nurses, the experts added.
Erudite Nursing Institute™ supports nursing leaders in addressing nursing shortage not just in Alabama but also across US by developing mitigating measures in acquiring enough faculty that is adequate for nurses.
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