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Discuss the events that have contributed (or will continue to contribute) to the nursing shortage, orthat contribute to a shortage in a region or specialty. Discuss at least one way that the nursingprofession is currently working toward a resolution of this problem. In replies to peers, offer differentexamples of how the nursing shortage has been addressed in your state, community, or specialty area.Re: Topic 1 DQ 1The nursing profession is and has been experiencing an unendurable shortage of clinical nurses.Facilities are facing difficulty in recruiting new nurses and retaining current staff. The nursing shortagemay compromise patient care and safety, and at the same time nurses themselves may be overwhelmed,distressed, and dissatisfied. High patient-to-nurse ratios have been shown to lead to frustration and jobburnout, which is linked to higher turnover. Reasons contributing to a nurse’s early retirement include adesire to decrease their workload, freedom, and flexibility of schedules, and that senior nurses do notfeel valued by their companies. Job dissatisfaction, disappointment, and disillusionment with the nursingpractice contribute to new nurses quitting. Nurses of all specialties and those in administrative andleadership positions must examine the contributing factors of the current nursing shortage to familiarizethemselves with the situation and determine what should be implemented to influence strategies forimprovement.To facilitate improvements in nurse staffing, now and in the future, health care organizations mustfocus on recruitment, maintenance, and retention. A recommendation derived from a research study byNogueras suggests policies also need to be developed to increase the recruitment and retention ofyoung adults into the nursing profession. The nursing profession should be recognized as a professionthat possesses high levels of pertinent scientific and technical knowledge as well as a personable aspect.This may appeal to younger people. Finally, it is imperative for nurse leaders to create and sustain anenvironment where employees are connected to their organization, with a focus on retention as well asrecruitment. Other suggestions include an examination of the hiring processes, maintaining publicrelations initiatives, and ensuring employee contributions as part of the recruitment of new nursing staff.Findings suggest that focusing on an environment that nurtures advancement and autonomy may attractnew younger nurses, while shorter shifts, job sharing, and work schedule flexibility would help retainveteran nurses.ReferenceThe Nursing Shortage, Exploring the Situation and Solutions: Retrievedfrome: Topic 1 DQ 1The world is evolving quickly that the demand for nurses has been increasing over time. According to theAmerican Association for Colleges of Nursing (AACN) there are many contributing factors to nursingshortage. For example, shortage in nursing faculty which leads to not having enough students enrolling

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