Resolving United states nursing shortage will require efforts at a national, state, and local level. According to the American Association of College of Nursing (2012) federal legislators have demonstrated a commitment to addressing this health care crisis by nearly doubling the amount of funding for Nursing Workforce Development programs. To help address local needs, states may have to start initiating ways to increase the number of new nursing professionals to enter the workforce and become nursing faculty. Efforts from a state local level may need to also include the fact of decreasing financial barriers to complete nursing degrees, especially those of graduate levels. I believe in recent years legislative initiatives has become more powerful towards addressing nursing shortage. For example, states including Massachusetts, Missouri, and Pennsylvania, are working inside and outside of the legislative arena to launch programs involving strong collaborations between education, practice, and community stakeholders (American Association of College of Nursing 2012).
Many States around the Country are currently implementing strategies to address the nursing shortage using different methodologies. Initiatives towards funding for graduate nursing professionals and faculty meetings at the state level can certainly help increase faculty professionals. Another competitive program that can help reduce nursing shortage is by expanding nurses capacity using resources available in the communities. These will help student retention and nurse faculty professionals.
Challenges and consequences of not addressing the issue can caused poor working conditions, primarily in hospitals. In the past few years I believe hospitals have been making efforts to improve workforce environments and strategies to improve hospitals shortage but these efforts are not enough to end the shortage of nursing professionals. Another important factor is that majority of Registered Nurses are already employed.
Multiple efforts has been proposed by multiple agencies to address the shortage of nursing professionals. In other hand, there is no sufficient numbers of faculty available to help educate the next generation of nurses. According to the American Association of College of Nursing (2012) many state initiatives are underway to offer loan repayment or forgiveness programs for nurse educators. If nursing professionals work closely with state legislations there might be a possibility to involve stakeholders, agencies, hospitals, and high industries to obtain funds towards this issue. These could be an effort that can help decrease the nursing shortage in the United States. Higher educational programs design to increase the capacity of nursing programs can encourage nursing professionals to go back to school and obtained higher degrees.
From an economic standpoint, according to the American Association of College of Nursing (2012) the Nurse Faculty Lines Program which provides funds annually to non-profit, tax exempt schools of nursing to underwrite nursing faculty positions, therefore there is existing economic investment by agencies, but is not enough to support the crisis that America will suffer in the next oncoming years. Americans are continuously experiencing more and more difficulties when it comes to seek health care services.
As a health care professional I believe we must engage our professions and take a step into legislative positions. The Unites States of American needs support and educational programs that educate our country population in a way that our future generations do not suffer the current problems we face. For example, the increase in educational programs can reduce the smoker population, these in an effort to help decrease lung cancer, and other respiratory problems. Our children’s need more education in sexual engagements so we don’t have that much cases of sexually transmittable diseases at younger ages. Also, our geriatric population needs more education regarding Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases, Obesity, proper nutrition, and many other issues that nursing can address. The problem strives on the faculty to teach our future generations of nurses, and therefore the shortage of nursing in our country.
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