Nearly 1.4 million registered nurses could leave nursing or retire now that the economy is booming, according to a new survey conducted by the ASRN. That, along with 500,000 more RNs needed to serve the aging population, brings the total shortfall to 1.9 million registered nurses by 2022.
On one hand, things are looking pretty dandy for nursing in the United States: the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected a 15 percent growth in employment for registered nurses from 2016–2022. Compare that to an 7 percent average growth rate for all occupations. That's a reason to celebrate.
Kelsey Bourgeois was shocked to discover that not every nurse is trained to provide care for victims of sexual assault in her home state of Illinois.
Results of a survey of more than 6,100 registered nurses across the US in September, show that nurses who work longer shifts and more overtime are more likely to rate the standard of care delivered on their ward as poor, give a negative rating of their hospitals safety and omit necessary patient care.
Today's student Nurse Practitioners are getting prepared to take over for doctors, something they've never done before.
I grew up with a mother who was a Registered Nurse (RN). I recall being a curious adolescent and asking my mom why nurses always seemed so anxious and unhappy? Without hesitation she flatly stated, “Because we have to work with doctors.” She seemed to reflect and then sadly she said, “And we don’t treat each other very well.”
Research has demonstrated that the nurse practitioner's expanded role has resulted in comparable and sometimes better patient outcomes than those of physicians. States with full practice authority have a statistically significant higher percentage of women than those with restricted practice.
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Liz Di Bernardo