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Discuss the events that have contributed (or will continue to contribute) to the nursing shortage, or that contribute to a shortage in a region or specialty. Discuss at least one way that the nursing profession is currently working toward a resolution of this problem. In replies to peers, offer different examples of how the nursing shortage has been addressed in your state, community, or specialty area. Re: Topic 1 DQ 1 The 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 shortage may 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 job burnout, which is linked to higher turnover. Reasons contributing to a nurse’s early retirement include a desire to decrease their workload, freedom, and flexibility of schedules, and that senior nurses do not feel valued by their companies. Job dissatisfaction, disappointment, and disillusionment with the nursing practice contribute to new nurses quitting. Nurses of all specialties and those in administrative and leadership positions must examine the contributing factors of the current nursing shortage to familiarize themselves with the situation and determine what should be implemented to influence strategies for improvement. To facilitate improvements in nurse staffing, now and in the future, health care organizations must focus on recruitment, maintenance, and retention. A recommendation derived from a research study by Nogueras suggests policies also need to be developed to increase the recruitment and retention of young adults into the nursing profession. The nursing profession should be recognized as a profession that 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 an environment where employees are connected to their organization, with a focus on retention as well as recruitment. Other suggestions include an examination of the hiring processes, maintaining public relations 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 attract new younger nurses, while shorter shifts, job sharing, and work schedule flexibility would help retain veteran nurses. Reference The Nursing Shortage, Exploring the Situation and Solutions: Retrieved from e: Topic 1 DQ 1 The world is evolving quickly that the demand for nurses has been increasing over time. According to the American Association for Colleges of Nursing (AACN) there are many contributing factors to nursing shortage. For example, shortage in nursing faculty which leads to not having enough students enrolling

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