Running Head: WORKFORCE SHORTAGE
QUESTION: WORKFORCE SHORTAGE
Health care departments get subjected continuously to various shortages and oversupply
in terms of various health care professionals. The current lack of nurses getting experienced is so
different, as witnessed before. Many researchers and scholars classify shortage as hard to resolve
anytime soon. A study done in the year 2000 showed that the nursing shortage was at six percent
with already full time working 1.89 million nurses. The demand got estimated at two million
people. The shortfall got projected to rise to twenty-nine percent in 2020, if not solved. Over
seventy-five percent of all job vacancies advertised are for nurses. These issues are getting worse
by the lack of enough educational faculties offering nursing courses. It was evident that without
proper interventions, the problems will be out of control.
According to a study, only fifty percent of the total number of nursing students have a
doctorate and a significant decrease in the number of those pursuing a master's degree. Also,
many nurses get displeased as soon as they start working. Another study conducted also shows
more than forty percent of the current working nurses are dissatisfied with there current job.
Also, out of three nurses under age thirty in a hospital show interest in quitting their job. Some of
the reason for dissatisfaction include working situations, insufficient working staff and less use
of highly skilled labour, hard-working duties, long working hours, inadequate number of the
support staff, and less pay among many others (Bodenheimer, 2018).
These dissatisfactions get classified into four categories that include, the upsurge in need
for the nurse, the shortage in the number of nurses, decreased the number of staff and increased
working hours, and reduction in the patient number of days to stay in a hospital. The aging
population is causing an increase in the need for the nurses ("Retooling For An Aging America:
Building The Health Care Workforce"). The people in the united states as projected to rise by
eighteen percent from the year 2000 to 2020. The older people population got also expected to
grow by a skyrocketing fifty-four percent. The shortage gets seen to rise to 2030 since the older
adults get seen to survive up to this time as a result of the lifestyle improvemen...
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