PITTSBURGH’S EFFORT IN PREVENTING NURSING SHORTAGE
In the midst of the rising nursing shortage, Pittsburgh is currently making mitigating measures to combat this pressing issue.
In a report, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Chief Nurse Executive Holly Lorenz, expressed her side on what she’ll do in order to meet the nursing demand.
"I challenged every school of nursing to double their enrollment," Lorenz said. "I told them without a doubt, we'd be able to hire that many nurses."
Schools would like to achieve the demand but some have problems like faculty shortages. Also, hospitals don't have the resources to deliver sufficient bedside learning opportunities. So, even if schools could produce more nursing graduates, many won’t choose to work in hospitals.
"I think people shy away from the hospital because they're nervous or scared, you have people's lives at stake," said Katelyn Lloyd, a student nurse at UPMC.
Another problem that nursing students face is the lack of specialty experience. Experts say student nurses don't get adequate training opportunities in pediatrics, obstetrics and mental health.
On the same report, Lorenz was asked what this all means for the future of patient health, she then stated that over the next decade and a half, health care is going to start to focus more on preventative care.
"I think there are going to be more and more roles that are going to focus on prevention," Lorenz said. "I think you're going to see us start focusing care on people more at risk and doing much more prevention."
Further, she added that doesn't necessarily mean you need fewer nurses. Rather, it means seeking for nurses who want to do their work differently.
Erudite Nursing Institute™ knows that there are still obstructions that need to be eliminated in meeting the demand for nurses. The institute believes that nursing students need to have extensive specialized background and a number of bedside learning opportunities for them to be immersed completely with their chosen career.
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